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For A Runner's Circle’s founders, Joe and Derek, running is more than just a sport, it’s a way of life. With Joe’s running experience and Derek’s physical therapy expertise, they decided to team up and create a place where runner’s could come for support in all aspects of the sport. The result is A Runner’s Circle, where the duo has established a loyal community at their running store that topped Competitor magazine’s list of Best Running Shops in 2011 and 2012 in Los Angeles.

The friendly staff is highly trained in gait analysis and shoe technology, allowing them to offer expert recommendations on which shoes customers should wear on their feet, and which shoes they should wear on their elbows. They can outfit customers with selections from the store's stock of running, trail, and minimalist shoes from some of the top brands in the industry, including Asics, New Balance, Newton, and Hoka OneOne. They also have access to apparel and accessories ranging from shoe bags to water bottles and high performance hats

A Runner’s Circle also supports the running community with frequent events, races, and running clubs. They host educational events and running clinics, support environmental preservation, and also contribute to AIDS research funding by community awareness campaigns and donations.

3216 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

While trekking across New Zealand, Matt Baker and PJ Lamont stumbled upon a burger shack in Queenstown and immediately became addicted to the eatery’s organic, grass-fed beef patties. According to a profile in Beach & Bay Press, the duo often dined there more than once a day and eventually convinced the chef to both part with his recipes and train them how to make them. Upon returning home, the pair recruited PJ’s brother Martin for their budding endeavor: a gourmet burger place that would rely entirely on organic, grass-fed beef from New Zealand. After finding the right spot for their gastropub, the three put their own sweat into renovating it; PJ carved the wooden menu himself without using a woodpecker even once.

That menu quickly garnered its fair share of media buzz and awards by combining beef patties, ground fresh daily, with unique ingredients such as pesto aioli, grilled pineapple, and beetroot. Organic, local vegetables make up the condiments and the house tomato chutney, New Zealand’s hardier version of ketchup. But Bare Back Grill does more than burgers, satisfying appetites with natural chicken and lamb, tempura tofu, and seared ahi tuna coupled with a wide selection of beers and wines. Guests can gulp down Kiwi Steinlagers or sip Australian and New Zealand wines while lounging at either Bare Back location.

624 E St
San Diego,
CA
US

Recently profiled by The Atlantic for its members' innovative inventions, TechShop’s supportive community of inventors, artists, technicians, and alchemists share their excitement about the next big idea in an environment limited only by their collective imagination. The 17,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity beckons people of all skill levels to its DIY confines, where members can wield tools not found in most private workshops, slicing through steel with a plasma cutter or accessing 3-D design software to finally realize the goal of crawling inside the Internet. Hands-on classes jump-start creative juices, introducing students to vocational skills including welding, soldering, and woodworking. Neophyte inventors aged 12–17 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.

300 S 2nd St
San Jose,
CA
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The friendly family of florists at Abigail’s Flowers doles out festive foliage for any occasion. From proms and weddings to "get wells" and birthdays, Abigail’s arranges bouquets primed to please recipients and proximal bumblebees. Arrangements are organized by price range, and all showcase bright flora such as roses, sunflowers, white lilies, and blue hydrangea. Abigail’s also offers specialty services such as gifts, plants, dried floral arrangements, and local delivery.

50 Post St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Whatever the occasion—be it birthday, baby, or bridal in nature—San Roque Florist's team of expert stem stewards and petal porters will hook you up with appropriate efflorescence. Send sunshine-colored salutations to your new cubicle mate with 10 yellow tulips ($49.95) or express your love for the neighborhood junk collector with six hot-pink roses ($49.95). You can also celebrate upcoming holidays with Administrative Professionals Week bouquets ($32.99–$75.95) and Mother's Day arrangements ($22.99–$77.99)—or eliminate the need for two separate gifts by hiring your mother to fetch coffee and take incoming calls while you go out to a three-hour power lunch.

3005 W Bullard Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

Relles Florist boasts a cornucopia of fresh flowers that designers arrange into artistic displays capable of celebrating any occasion. Surprise a date with a half-dozen red roses enlivened with floral fillers ($49), or distract a cranky neighbor by placing a Because You're Special vase of carnations, poms, and daisies ($52.50+) on his doorstep while retrieving moon rocks thrown in his back yard. The Wondrous Nature basket celebrates birthdays with pastel colors and stargazer lilies ($44.95+), and the ever-welcome Sunny Day bouquet inspires ailing friends to cheer up with bright yellow roses, peruvian lilies, and poms ($48.95+). Stems of greenery bulk up the Summertime Surprise bouquet ($39.95+) to fill rooms with a leafier oxygen injection and hide praying mantises on the run from volatile ex-girlfriends.

2400 J St
Sacramento,
CA
US