Shoppers meander down the aisles at Food Outlet, pausing to admire plump packages of salisbury steaks or to rifle through selections of barbecue sauces. Soon, their carts are full of groceries from top purveyors—crunchy italian breads, battered flounder fillets, and links of pork sausage. Before checking out, they visit the dessert section to select a treat from the tempting variety of pies, muffins, and pastries.
The petal pushers at Flowers to the People assemble sustainable holiday centerpieces with blossoms from local sowers or sustainable Californian and South American farms. Customers order personalized arrangements that showcase hydroponic roses, eucalyptus, orchids, and other specialty flowers to present to a loved one, accent a holiday buffet, or block Uncle Josh's cross-table reach for the gravy boat. Going the extra ecological step, the flower shop collects many of its vases and buckets from antique dealers and secondhand shops, or binds bouquets in recycled pint glasses, wine glasses, and mason jars. The environmentally sympathetic staff composts plant waste and repurposes packaging materials into solar-powered hot-dog cookers.
Pint glasses fill with fresh drafts of craft beers from Parma Grill and Tap's microbrewery while cooks prepare platters of Italian fare, such as lasagna and eggplant parmesan, inside the kitchen. A selection of specialty pizzas includes buffalo chicken with blue-cheese or ranch dipping sauce and Elizabeth's Favorite, a vegetable pizza topped with roasted eggplant and fresh tomatoes.
The artists behind Art Monster set their sights on all sorts of blank canvases—from hoodies to sports cars to biceps—and transform them into eye-catching pieces of artwork. Owner Chris Sabatino keeps the modern studio in pristine condition all week long for his staff to decorate bodies with intricate tattoos. They also infuse wardrobes with a bit of attitude by custom airbrushing illustrations of their clients' favorite sports teams, animals, or Pantone swatches.
For more than 50 years, Flanagan Paint & Supply Company has provisioned homeowners and contractors with the tools to rejuvenate interior or exterior digs. The store's shelves bear bountiful name-brand paints (about $35/gal.) and brushes ($10–$16). While Coronado Supreme acrylic latex house paint daubs walls in single coats, Mythic Classic conceals previously painted or primed surfaces, helping clients cover up peeling planes or obsolete household laws. In addition to covering doors, shelves, and handrails, Breakthrough paints adhere to and dry quickly atop tricky substrates, such as fiberglass, laminate, and the mercurial faces of clowns.
Paste supplies art creators with a gamut-running selection of arts and crafts wares to augment the pursuit of aesthetic dreams. Stock a studio with a selection from Paste's arsenal of tools for expression, which encapsulates paper crafts, fiber arts, jewelry, and ink media. Painters can customize canvases with Liquitex basics acrylic paints ($5.75/4 oz. tube), and mustache drawers can brandish Tim Holtz alcohol inks to update the facial hair fashion on Andrew Johnson's official White House portrait ($3.49). Cascade 220 yarns come in a variety of colors for rainbow knitting ($6.60/skein) and chilly craftspeople can transform baby-alpaca yarn ($12.49/skein) into sweaters, scarves, and gloves. Scrapbooking paper ($0.79/sheet) immortalizes photographed memories with glue and glitter, and Speedball screen-printing ink ($7.99/8 oz. jar) can be used to fashion T-shirts with hip, snarky slogans and stylized representations of middle-school museum field trips.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.