The Bath Workshop peddles customizable, natural, and paraben-free body products amid the beckoning aromas of more than 200 essential and perfume-grade oils. Friendly staffers greet customers entering the store with complimentary hand treatments before sending them off on their scent searches, selecting fragrances such as bamboo and dewberry, or mixing oils into personal blends. Natural plant-based essential oils ($1 extra), such as basil, lemongrass, and frankincense, soothe olfactory systems and aim to cure a variety of ailments, including colds, acne, or disco fever. With their chosen fragrances or essential oils in hand, patrons can customize an exfoliating-and-detoxifying salt scrub ($20–$60), or tailor-scent a shaving gel ($7–$22) to help whittle down whiskers. A jar of salt crystals ($15–$25) dissolves in bath water for an aromatic soak or seasons bland boiled cabbage.
Located only one mile from Snow Summit Ski Resort, Getboards Ski & Snowboard Shop stocks myriad top-brand skis and snowboards. When they're not pairing patrons with their next rides, the shop's certified staffers repair malfunctioning boards and supply other essential snow gear such as goggles and racks. If you're not ready to commit to your own equipment, hop onto one of the shop's rentals, each of which undergoes hot wax and edge tuning in between riders. In the summer, the store shifts its attention to bike, kayak, and standup-paddleboard rentals, as well as selling other land-friendly rides such as skateboards and scooters.
From its outpost just off Big Bear Lake's south shore, Massive Snowboards supplies peak-destined skiers and snowboarders with the gear they need to get down the area's slopes. The shop has been a Big Bear mainstay since 1999, a long tenure in the competitive on-mountain ski- and snowboard-gear-rental game. It attributes its run of success to a combination of knowledgeable salespeople and a deep selection of boards for rent. Customers can stop in to purchase new gear from brands such as Dakine, Ride, Lib Tech, Gnu, Dragon, Grenade, Celsius, and more.
The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
Equipment crafted by companies including K2, Rossignol, and Burton lines the walls of Goldsmith's Boardhouse & Ski Rental, where experienced staffers help snow explorers to hit the slopes in style. Snowboarders and skiers on their way to carve up nearby Snow Summit, Big Bear Mountain, or a local mall Santa display swing by Goldsmith's to pick up gleaming new gear or all-inclusive rental packages that fit feet with cushy boots before outfitting riders with a snowboard replete with bindings or skis paired with poles.
At Texifornia Tamale Co., the tamales are hand-rolled around spicy brisket, jalapenos and cheese, and slow-roasted pulled pork. So are the burritos, but instead of savory cornmeal, their exteriors are 13" flour tortillas. Their interiors are also more diverse. ensconcing everything from meat and chorizo refried beans to two types of cabbage. The masterminds behind these hand-made Mexican dishes are Jeff and Micki Smith, a husband-and-wife team. The pair complements the restaurant's homey Mexican classics with upscale plates, such as Icelandic cod with red beet risotto or other burritos served on golden platters.