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 been equipping customers with quality paints, durable tools, and expert advice fit to suit the needs of homeowners, contractors, and businesses. A variety of paint products and supplies lines Flanagan's aisles, with a gallon of paint costing about $35 and brushes ranging from $10–$16. Coronado Paint specializes in protective and decorative coatings to update interior and exterior surfaces, such as dull living-room walls or "Lincoln for President" garage doors, and Mythic Paint offers nontoxic, low-odor products that roll on without emitting dangerous gases and cancer-causing toxins. In addition to these and other modern lines, Flanagan Paint houses a wealth of vintage inventory no longer in stock at most retailers, perfect for touching up antique items or retro rooms, such as an authentic 1920s basement speakeasy whitewashed with bathtub gin.
Paste offers a bevy of art-honing classes at its crafty abode that add variety and a noticeable glimmer to hustling-and-bustling schedules. Classes, ranging from $25 to $30, are short workshops offered during convenient evening and weekend hours, leaving students plenty of free time for Googling eBay on Craigslist. Paste learning sessions feature a small and intimate setting with usually no more than 15 attendees, providing plenty of room to get your Jackson Pollock on. Jazz up any wardrobe by taking a jewelry-making class, which produces a necklace and two pairs of earrings, or opt for a beginning knitting class that gets the yarn ball rolling on a snowman-appreciated scarf. Or organize a group night out to a wine-glass-painting class, where cheese, crackers, and drinks fuel tipsy craftiness.