Stroll into the well-stocked confines of Moments in Time and peruse a wide range of crafts and scrapbooking merchandise. Scrapbook memories of you and your friends scrapbooking new albums (starting at $19.99), or choose from a plethora of two-page layout kits arriving weekly ($5 each). Zebra organizers ($22.99) keep your tools fashionably arranged and are also equipped with wildebeest repellent. Create lasting memories without cryogenically freezing loved ones by masterfully manipulating the store's inventory of paper and decorative goods. Moments in Time also carries a selection of holiday paper for all of your upcoming holiday papering needs (starting at $0.79 each).
The family-owned Russo's Books has fed text-hungry residents with tasty volumes and savory selections for more than two decades. Each organized shelf greets readers bedecked with varied titles. Parse through Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ($7.59) or James Patterson's Private ($26.59 for hardcover) for spine-tingling spine-bounds, or discover local page-turning prosematicians such as Gerald Haslam and Kat Martin. Russo's Youth Advisory Council taps a fertile well of young pundits from Bakersfield-area schools to carefully select the finest youth literature, and Russo's warm, helpful staff is quick to offer any recommendations.
Yogurt Zone is one of the few places where dessert has a wealth of health benefits. Frozen yogurt—which comes in flavors such as cake batter, cheesecake, and Greek black cherry—is high in calcium and protein, can lower cholesterol, and has active cultures that facilitate the digestive process. After pumping any combination of these healthy swirls at Yogurt Zone, customers pile on toppings from a selection that includes granola bars, walnuts, yogurt-covered raisins, and brownie bites before a staffer weighs it to price it.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Bakersfield Magazine is the one-stop read for all the goings-on in California's third-largest inland city. An area staple for more than 30 years, the magazine highlights the community's history, the best new food and wine finds, and helpful hints for the home and garden as well as travel tips.