SurePro Windows & Doors boasts a vast collection of panes and portals to fit in homes of any style. Specializing in energy-efficient, vinyl windows and doors, the company specializes in replacements that can reduce household heating costs by up to 50%. Its staff has mastered speedy installation for projects ranging from bedroom windows to sliding doors, all using brand-name products including Monte Verde, BayView, Anlin, and Milgard. Clients can also have their windows personalized with sound reduction packages, tinting, and all-star shortstops to catch errant baseballs.
Not content to just give people the tools to make their gardens beautiful, San Diego Hydroponics & Organics also teaches customers more effective ways to use them. At five California locations, the staff works to keep a dialogue open between customers, supply manufacturers, and master gardeners while helping visitors realize their gardening goals with a stock of more than 3,000 products for indoor and outdoor use. The shops brim with high-tech gardening gear ranging from plant sprayers to growth lights, and low-tech supplies such as organic compost teas. Much of the inventory helps make gardening easier by reducing it to a precise science, providing everything from pumps and irrigation to pH meters for maintaining an ideal growing environment.
When you look at the DeSerra portfolio, you might notice that no two pictures seem to be shot in the same style. That's because for more than a decade, DeSerra has artfully documented clients for just about any need, be it a portrait, fashion, studio, editorial, or a commercial shoot. But whatever a shoot calls for, the San Diego-based company's main focus remains the same: adapt every session to the unique style of the client. That dedication to customer needs also plays a big role in DeSerra's studio policies, which welcome walk-ins and eliminate unnecessary expenses, such as fees for using the studio or for having actual cheese in your teeth when you smile.
Creative clients brush layers of vibrant, nontoxic paint onto a wide selection of pieces at Daydreams Ceramic Café. The wood- and earth-tone-accented shop, with a feel akin to a rustic winery, lines shelves with blank bowls, vases, mugs, and figurines. After a creative slathering, staff members glaze each piece and fire it in in the café's 2,000-degree kiln for up to two days, rendering it glossy and safe for food, microwaves, dishwashers, and teething pets. The café charges no studio fee for its visiting artists and allows them to return as many times as necessary to complete their masterworks—features which may have helped it to snag a 2011 Best Arts & Crafts award from CityVoter.
Covering more than 40,000 square feet of real estate at the Chula Vista Otay Ranch Mall, Total Combat Paintball strives to host sharpshooting clashes that players of all ages can enjoy. Take TCP’s Splatmaster parties for instance, where players as young as 6 can finally ditch the sidelines and join the action. During these rounds, lighter ammunition is used, ensuring no player leaves with welts or bruises that awkwardly spell the name of their secret crush. TCP hosts competitions for more experienced players throughout the year, too. It often transforms into a battleground for high school tournaments and other special events, such as “Glow Nights” that feature glowing gear, laser lights, and thumping music.