In 1962, a nascent surfing culture drove hordes of teens to the beach and spawned pop iconography in the form of The Beach Boys' debut record, Surfin' Safari. That same year, the Richards family began a surfing expedition of their own, outfitting explorers of the Pacific waves under the banner of Val Surf. The shop has remained a family-owned haven of board-sports gear and apparel ever since, boasting bragging rights as the first-ever dealer of Quiksilver products and a partner with Burton Snowboards from its inception in 1977. Like beavers with master's degrees in woodworking, the staff’s passion is its profession, with surf-, snow-, and skate-enthusiast employees ready to match guests with proven brand-name gear from Volcom and Billabong or lesser-known offerings from up-and-comers such as Fourstar Clothing and RVCA.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
As guests peruse aisles of annuals, perennials, roses, trees, and shrubs at Classic Nursery, they are admiring a selection of backyard-ready plants that has been honed by the nursery's owners for more than 20 years. The chlorophyll-savvy staff can help to direct customers toward high-maintenance plants or the blooms that will flourish in all types of sunlight and soil. The staff can also recommend just the right organic compost, seed cover, or potting soil that will expedite plant growth or feed a vase that’s a picky eater.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, athletic sports classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule).
A cute and colorful collection of threads from sizzling brands will burn up the cobwebs in out-of-service closets to make extra room for a wide range of boutique jewelry and playful accessories. Spin-worthy mini-dresses and chic cover-ups line the racks of the store’s whimsical interior, with stunning summer shirts and stretch denim jeans also on vibrant display. A convertible skirt from Free People ($88) sets high marks for functional fashion, as it can be re-imagined as a strapless dress, and a jersey-knit sweater from Jet ($138) redeems the fashion alphabet after the failure of Q-shaped brassieres. Elegant accessories include an Adina Reyter tiny circle bracelet in silver ($48).