AME Computers' electronics guru and founder Anthony Elias is still as passionate about computers as he was 21 years ago when he first dissected a Commodore 64 computer to see how it worked. That passion inspired Anthony to found the website, AME Computers, where he wrote and hosted more than 500 articles that helped to share his technological know-how. As he gathered article contributions from fellow tech gurus, Anthony saw his site grow to attract more than 5,000 visitors each month. Inspired by the growing audience of his site, Anthony opened the brick-and-mortar AME Computers in 2011. Anthony and his staff strive to give the kind of personalized service that is often hard to find at large computer-repair centers. They repair and improve the performance of all computer makes and models, smart phones, and gaming systems, as well as iPods, iPhones, and iPad tablet devices. Other services, which range from data recovery to custom-building computers, ensure smooth and quick sailing across digital-data fields. The staff also can ready machines for recycling, ushering them into the afterlife by erasing their data and absolving their guilt for abetting downloads of instructions for bank robbery.
Like the popular kid at school or the kid whose parents have bribe money, Nobbies Party Superstore products are always invited to the party. Whatever the reason for celebration, Nobbies stocks get-togethers with tableware, balloons, and party favors from an inventory of thousands of accessories, decorations, and costumes. Themed party decorations immerse guests in re-creations of circuses, barnyards, and casinos, or help party planners create a crime-scene theme when police won’t let them borrow decorations from the real thing. Collections of Halloween costumes and accessories also enhance the holiday experience for adults and kids with spooky masks, corsets, tutus, and outfits for dogs. Supplies for holiday and religious celebrations are also included, such as custom napkins, banners and centerpieces. Decorations are also available for big life moments as births, weddings, anniversaries, and tax returns.
At Busy Scrappin’, more than a thousand papers, albums, decorations, and kits surround a comfy workroom filled with hobbyists hard at work. The one-stop scrapbooking emporium is dedicated to fostering a community of likeminded craftsfolk by helping visitors learn new ways to memorialize family outings, little-league triumphs, and scrapbooking-competition victories. Guests drop in to socialize during Friday-night cropping sessions or learn new techniques at weekly, fun-filled workshops. And during regular hours, friendly staffers shepherd patrons through the selection of holiday-themed embellishments, card-making supplies, and paper crafts—eagerly giving suggestions for any upcoming project.
Knowledgeable gear pros at Olde Towne Cyclery guide clientele through a well-organized shop brimming with bicycles and parts in brand names such as Mt. Borah, Fulcrum, and Michelin. Riders can shine a streamlined spotlight onto potholes at night with a sleek Planet Bike light set ($55) or retool bikes with a winter tune-up ($35) to conquer ice, snow, and abominable BMX gangs. Gussy up 10-speeders with a stylish Comfort bike seat ($35) or monitor the smooth running of your two-wheeled ride with a Sigma wireless bike computer ($65 each). Olde Towne Cyclery will gladly order almost any part not found in-store in a timely fashion, allowing guests a quick return to eco-friendly commuting or paperboy-orientation training.
The young crew behind ONEHOPE Wine believes wine can do more than dance with flavor and stain frocks fashioned from fine white camel hair. Each bottle has been instilled with a rich taste and beauty to complement its selflessness. One ONEHOPE box yields one bottle each of California merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, zinfandel, sauvignon blanc, and an exclusive summer white (an $18.99 value per bottle). The 2008 merlot uses grapes grown in the Lodi and Paso Robles regions, where a cool Pacific fog maintains grape acidity, creating a full flavor that complements its black cherries, plums, and figs.