California Stores and Shopping

American Apparel — 57% Off Circle Scarf

Multiple Locations

$28 $12

Seamless, tubular American Apparel scarves available in dozens of colors and many fabrics

50% Off Gear and Services at Summit Bicycles

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

High-end road and mountain bicycles, Bontrager apparel, repair services, and bike rentals by the day

50% Off at Cole Hardware

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Hardware store in business for nearly 100 years stocks a large inventory of tools and supplies backed by Ace Hardware

$10 for Children's Clothing at Sprockets

Hoover

$20 $10

Durable, stylish clothing for girls and boys from newborns to age 7; collections include Hippie Chick and Elementary Cool

50% Off E-Cigarettes and Accessories at New Horizon Vapor Shop

Sacramento

$20 $10

Vaping novices and enthusiasts alike can shop for a variety of e-cigarettes, accessories, and custom-made e-juice created in-house

46% Off Electronic Cigarettes

Long Beach

$35 $19

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 for Adult Novelties at Adult Megastores

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Adult-store chain stocks a variety of romance items, such as personal massagers, lingerie, DVDs, and massage oils

42% Off Baby Accessories

Bakersfield

$50 $29

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Music and Collectables at Left of the Dial Records

Santa Ana

$30 $15

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Boutique record shop rewards vinyl fans with rare classic rock, punk, new wave, and indie rock, and stocks CDs, DVDs, and collectables

50% Off Over-the-Counter Medications at The Medicine Shoppe

Riverside

$20 $10

Visitors shop for cough and cold products, health and beauty aids, and other over-the-counter drugs; wellness center dispenses health info

Half Off Women's Clothing and Accessories

Lakeview

$100 $50

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45% Off

Central Chula Vista

$20 $11

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 52% Off Cell Phone Accessories

Irvington

$25 $12

Variety of cases, batteries, and screen protectors for an array of cell phones, including iPhones

Up to 54% Off at Custom Garment Logos from The Embroidery Store

Irvine Business Complex

$149 $69

Commemorate an event or give your business a new identity with a custom logo embroidered on matching polio shirts

48% Off Rental Equipment or Rocks and Sand

San Bernardino

$40 $21

Rent everything from electrical, construction, landscaping, and handyman tools to rug machines and shampoo from 21-year-old business

45% Off at Fresh Ideas Flower Company

Modesto

$40 $22

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Directly sourced coastal flowers such as alstroemeria and roses available in bulk or as a part of custom arrangements for special events

50% Off Books at Bank of Books

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Book lovers can find thousands of children's books, new and out-of-print books, and rare books; outlet location prices books at $5 or less

Up to 50% Off Diamond Jewelry at Bella Amore Diamonds

Downtown Los Angeles

$100 $50

Visit a posh private showroom to peruse a unique collection of diamond jewelry

50% Off Equipment at Play it Again Sports

Pacific Beach

$50 $25

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Play It Again Sports, Pacific beach stocks new and gently used equipment, including surfboards, bicycles, golf clubs, and wetsuits

Up to 58% Off Arrangements at Citti’s Florist

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

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Florists design colorful arrangements, roses, and bouquets with high-quality, colorful blossoms

52% Off from KINGS eLiquid & eCigarette

North Beach

$48 $23

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Stop smoking with the help of e-liquids and e-cigarette starter kits, which come with a rechargeable battery and carrying case

Up to 51% Off Tune-Up at Tri Sport Bicycles

Woodward Park

$50 $25

Seasoned bicycle repairmen restore rides to working order by lubing chains, adjusting brakes and derailleurs, and truing wheels

55% Off Adult Toys and Accessories at Kiss N Tell

Multiple Locations

$55 $25

Adult toys, lingerie, and accessories such as furry handcuffs, massage oil, and edible body paint enhance romantic encounters

87% Off Document Shredding

Wilmington

$450 $59.99

Off-site pickup and shredding with crosscutting to prevent identity theft; certificate of destruction included

Half Off Lingerie and Halloween Costumes

Downtown

$40 $20

Collection of lingerie and skimpy costumes adds spice to bedrooms or Halloween parties

Up to 60% Off iPhone 5 Case or Phone Accessories

Marketplace

$25 $10

Red, white, or black iLuv dual-layer cases protect iPhone 5s; other phone accessories include various cases and cables

50% Off Women's Accessories Retailer at Ashley Fox

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Shoppers adorn themselves in colorful, stylish, and seasonal apparel and accessories

50% Off at Black Dragon Vapor

Hammer Landing Shopping Center

$30 $15

More than 40 flavors of e-juice, liquid vaporizers, e-cigarettes, atomizers, and accessories

Up to 75% Off Golf Clubs from Warrior Custom Golf

Irvine Industrial Complex-East

$100 $25

Company with worldwide client base manufactures golf clubs built to golfer specifications, giving benefits of custom-fit clubs

Up to 50% Off Home-Brewing Class

Modesto

$25 $13

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Home-brewing classes dive into topics ranging from proper equipment to choice of hops

$50 for $111 Toward Mattresses

Los Angeles

$111 $50

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Up to 61% Off Designer Sunglasses

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

Shelves brim with 1,500 couture sunglass frames from designers such as Marc Jacobs and Gucci

Half Off Natural Health and Beauty Products

San Jose

$20 $10

Bilingual wellness store with weight-management products, herbs, and other health and beauty products

Up to 52% Off Wine and Wine Tastings for Two

Ghirardelli Square at Fisherman's Wharf

$82 $39

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Guests sip stashed-away wines during reserve tasting at award-winning winery, then pick a bottle or two to take home

Up to 86% Off Laser Hair Restoration at Strut Hair Solutions

Multiple Locations

$694 $99

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Licensed hair replacement specialists pair a hair and scalp analysis with low-level-laser therapy to combat clients' hair loss

90% Off Bubblegum-Flavored Whitening Kit from Smile Sciences

Larchmont Village

$299 $29

Dentist-tested and hygienist-approved teeth-whitening kit brightens smiles without causing pain or sensitivity

The Body Shop – $15 for Skincare and Body Products

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Luxurious bath and body products, skincare, cruelty free make-up and more made with ingredients from 25 international fair-trade suppliers

50% Off Adult Toys at Good Vibrations

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

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Personal and couples massagers, lubricants, and romantic accessories such as massage candles

45% Off Arts and Crafts Supplies

Bakersfield

$125 $69

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83% Off Three Bracelets at Ally+Zoe

Multiple Locations

$149 $24.99

Show off your knowledge of the stacking-bracelets trend by adorning your wrist with a set of three fashionable bracelets

48% Off Women's Clothing

Irvine Business Complex

$27 $14

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 52% Off from Maha Raja Hookah

Downtown Los Angeles

$24.99 $12

Hookahs available in three sizes, up to 30 in. high, and a variety of colors and styles

50% Off at Village Hat Shop

Village Hat Shop - Middletown

$20 $10

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Fedoras, beanies, baseball caps, and flat caps, from brands such as Stetson, Borsalino, and Kangol

45% Off Fragrances and Cosmetics

San Jose

$20 $11

Fragrances from top designers alongside skincare products, makeup, moisturizers, shampoos, and cosmetic tools

Up to 51% Off Men's and Women's Clothing and Accessories

San Francisco

$50 $25

Triangular gold earrings, ankle cuffs, spiked necklaces, men's rings, and men's casual apparel

Half Off Men's Clothing

Sacramento

$40 $20

High-end denim jeans by True Religion and G-Star, button-ups by Ben Sherman and Scotch and Soda, and T-shirts by Penguin and Hurley

Half Off Natural Health and Beauty Products

Fruitvale Station

$20 $10

Bilingual wellness store with weight-management products, herbs, and other health and beauty products

50% Off Standard Bike Tune-up

Bakersfield

$50 $25

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Up to 72% Off Handmade Garment with Custom Fitting

Bows and Eros

$340 $95

Fair-trade, handmade clothing and resort wear that is custom fitted by skilled designers

Up to 64% Off Bespoke Menswear at BookATailor

Scripps Ranch

$198 $99

Skilled tailors take clients' measurements and customize each suit and shirt with fabrics made in Italy and England

50% Off Dress Rental

Santa Clara

$60 $30

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$15 or $30 for Maternity Wear and Baby Clothes

Lower Pacific Heights

$30 $15

Shop welcomes expectant mothers with tranquil fountains, a lounge, and racks full of cute baby clothes and flattering maternity wear

55% Off Twin-Sized Mattress at Mattress Studio

Sacramento

$199 $90

Imperial-brand twin-sized mattress makes for blissful sleep with cozy quilted construction and a five-year warranty

50% Off Women's Apparel & Accessories at Bleu Lavender Boutique

Downtown Bakersfield

$60 $30

Shoppers can stock up on stylish apparel and accessories for women of all shapes and sizes as well as candles and organic skincare products

64% Off Designer Eyewear at Lux Eyewear

Melrose

$80 $29

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Sunglasses and prescription frames from such brands as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Chanel, Oakley's, and Ray-Ban

50% Off Adult Movies and Toys at Hustler Hollywood

Core-Columbia

$80 $40

Discover adult movie, toys, and lingerie at this sex-positive shop founded by the daughter of Hustler's Larry Flynt

Up to 80% Off Tank Refills and Accessories at Armed Paintball

North San Jose

$50 $10

Paintball distributors stock a surplus of gaming accessories, including HPA compressed air and CO2 refills

Up to 86% Off Peel Packages

San Francisco

$99 $19

Peels, creams, and masks contain resveratrol, an antioxidant that dispels toxins to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging

Half Off Women's Apparel and Beauty Services

Melange Womens Boutique

$30 $15

A selection of chic skirts, shirts, and dresses, plus professional hairstyling and makeup application

56% Off

Bakersfield

$25 $11

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Half Off Mesnwear at Moist Wear

Los Angeles

$100 $50

European-inspired streetwear of rugged jeans, zipper-covered jackets, and earthy button-downs from labels such as Jap Rag & X Ray Jeans

$5 for Cell Phones

San Diego

$10 $5

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Half Off Designer Consignment Accessories at It’s a Girl Thing

Willow Glen

$50 $25

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A consignment shop with Yves Saint Laurent handbags, sterling-silver jewelry, and shoes from designers such as Christian Louboutin & Chanel

50% Off

Central Sunset

$40 $20

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50% Off Electronic Cigarettes

Riviera/Westchester

$24 $12

Variety of e-cigarettes, which evoke the sensation of smoking but with vapor instead of tobacco smoke

45% Off E-cigarettes

Los Angeles

$20 $11

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50% Off Nutritional Supplements

Kearny Mesa

$30 $15

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51% Off Electronic Cigarette Kit

Telegraph Hill

$150 $74

Electronic cigarette kit allows users control over vapor and flavor intake while providing sensation similar to smoking

50% Off Products

Los Angeles

$20 $10

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Up to Half Off at Lavish Aromatic Botanical Products

Mission Hills

$20 $11

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Eco-conscious products such as soaps, body care products, massage oils, and perfumes

Half Off Natural Health and Beauty Products

San Francisco

$20 $10

Bilingual health and wellness store with vitamins, supplements, weight-management products, skin-care and makeup products.

Up to 51% Off Flowers or Floral-Design Class

Palms

$50 $25

European floral designers create artwork with glass, ribbon, and roses, teaching their craft to students during interactive classes.

Up to 80% Off Plant-Derived Weight-Loss Supplements

Core-Columbia

$49 $17

Plant-derived supplements contain all-natural ingredients including hydroxycitric acid to aid weight loss efforts

Half Off Tote Bag

Fisherman's Wharf

$20 $10

Get a tote bag at a popular apparel store located on Fisherman's Wharf

50% Off

Los Angeles

$20 $10

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Up to 63% Off Fly-Fishing Lessons

San Diego

$130 $49

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Two-hour class with provided equipment for picking up fly-fishing basics

Up to 60% Off Pearl Lounge

Downtown

$40 $16

Jewelers proffer cultured freshwater pearl necklaces, white jade drop bridal necklaces & amethyst earrings among other distinctive items

54% Off Services

Los Angeles

$35 $16

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Arcade Passes

North Clairemont

$19.99 $10

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Gamers compete in an arcade amid shelves of used games for modern consoles and older systems

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More than 200 games cover the 5000 sq. ft. Family Arcade. Here are just a few:

  • Air hockey
  • Basketball shooters
  • Row after row of pinball machines
  • Dance games
  • Fighting games
  • First person shooter games

The classic arcade is open every day of the week from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 a.m. and open late on the weekends until 2:30a.m.


Parking is available in the Arcade lot.

Outside the Arcade

Family Arcade also rents a wide variety of entertainment equipment—including jukeboxes—to restaurants, movie studios, and other businesses. Over the years, the Pecks have supplied pinball machines and other games to be used as props in a number of films and TV shows.


Meet the Family Behind the Arcade

The Peck Family, Circa the 1970s
Family Arcade lives up to the first word in its name. In 1971, Harry and David Peck founded the company, an arcade and supplier of coin-operated amusement equipment. Over the decades, they've amassed countless pinball machines, arcade games, pool tables, and much more.

The Peck Family, 40 Years Later
Harry and David are still at it more than 40 years later, now with the help of sons Robert and Stephen.

876 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US

In 1927, after seven years of Prohibition, Vincent Rizzo had an idea. He would buy a winery. While this may have been an unconventional move, he knew he could get Bernardo Winery at a lower price and keep the business thriving with an unlikely product: olive oil. In a stroke of cunning and arguable genius, the first-generation Rizzo owner made use of the olive trees growing on his property, selling the cold-pressed virgin oil to many of the tuna canneries in downtown San Diego. He also continued production of sacramental wine and grape juice that was, according to the winery's website, "guaranteed to ferment by the end of the road."

The winery grew to be one of San Diego County's major wine suppliers in the late 1940s, and Vincent turned the family business over to his son, Ross, in 1962. Ross's passion and dedication fueled the winery's success until his passing in 2008. Ross Rizzo, Jr. now keeps his father and grandfather's legacies alive, adding new varietals and winemaking techniques to the company's repertoire while paying homage to the old ways. Ross still sources his grapes from local vineyards and produces and cellars his wine to develop each variety’s distinct flavor.

Guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic winery during tours and tastings, and the scenic spot also hosts private parties at several outdoor venues and in the Barrel Room, where wooden rafters and huge redwood wine-storage vats create a rustic feel. Once they are done tasting, visitors can wander through a micro village of shops and studios or get a bite to eat at Cafe Merlot. The sprawling property features nods to its storied past with accents such as wagon wheels and an antique thresher machine and events such as grape stompings, otherwise known as do-it-yourself purple pedicures.

13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego,
CA
US

Bodies twist and arch through space in a series of progressive rotations. Participants cycle their shoulders, leap into crouches, and even swing club-shaped weights that resemble a clown's juggling pins. Watching a Circular Strength Training class at Chrome Fit might call to mind scenes of a mesmerizing circus performance, but the intent of the workout is anything but laughable. Rather, its dynamic actions help to broaden range of motion while simultaneously building muscle.

Circular Strength Training is one of five specialized classes led by Chrome Fit's coaching team. Though they utilize different tools—including gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and yoga techniques—they all have a holistic focus on increasing poised and powerful mobility. Their practical applications range from reducing chronic pain and competing in marathons to, in the case of TACFIT sessions, learning to tackle and safely recover from the crisis situations faced by police, military, and emergency personnel.

Owner Sheri L. Covey and her staff supplement these group classes with private personal-training sessions, as well as customized duo or small-group seminars. They adapt their instructions to suit clients of all fitness backgrounds, instead of simply telling newer students to watch the older ones until they feel ready to lift the same weights. Through boot-camp and corporate-wellness programs, they also encourage achievements in a more general community setting, drawing from the entirety of their class curriculum to plan varied drills.

1701 S 7th St, Ste 7
San Jose,
CA
US

In 1967, radio technician and Army veteran Richard Savoy debuted a collection of used books, comics, and old National Geographic magazines in a 750-square-foot space. It was an unusual niche that turned out to be just what the neighborhood wanted, and the original collection planted the seeds of a local literary institution that’s gone on to swallow neighboring storefronts and shoot off into a music, fiction, and DVD annex a few doors down. In 2009, Savoy sold the bookshop to three longtime employees who have put their own stamp on Green Apple Books with innovations such as selling e-books, hosting events, and adding energy-efficient lighting that shines brightest on the stuff you really want to read.

Over the years, the most important facet of the charmingly creaky-floored haven has remained the same: an abiding love for all things literary. You can read it between the lines of the handwritten "shelf-talkers"—small, colorful signs detailing the staff's personal recommendations. You can hear it when you speak to the friendly booksellers themselves—according to Frommer's, the store's "extended sections in psychology, cooking, art, and history; collection of modern first editions; and rare graphic comics are superseded only by the staff's superlative service." And you can feel it in the air as you climb the winding staircase to the second floor to explore tucked-away alcoves surrounded by original gaslight fixtures.

The store's carefully curated and ever-changing inventory ranges from categories such as poetry and philosophy to sports and children's books. The enormous selection and the staff’s astonishing command of it all have earned Green Apple numerous awards, including the title of Best Independent Bookstore in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's 2010 Readers Poll, and Best Overall Bookstore and Best Used Bookstore in 2011 and 2012. The owners spread the joy of reading beyond the shop’s overstuffed walls by partnering with worthy causes such as the Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

506 Clement St
San Francisco,
CA
US

At Fresno Fencing Academy, head coach and former Soviet and Ukrainian champion fencer, Vladimir Ostatnigrosh, distills his experience to foster a new generation of duelers within a 4,200-square-foot facility that boasts electric fencing strips, a fitness room with weight machines, and changing rooms. Ostatnigrosh invites students of all levels, aged 7 and older, to discover the art of parrying and thrusting, which nurtures self-discipline while bolstering the cardiovascular system and developing the skills necessary to retrieve stolen lunch money from Zorro. The academy’s classes, which range from introductory to competitive levels, cover the three Olympic fencing weapons: the foil, the épée, and the saber. Those expert swordsmen and swordswomen who have mastered the fencing rules and refrained from detonating any last-resort grenades during a match defend the academy’s robust reputation at local, regional, and national tournaments.

5717 N 1st St
Fresno,
CA
US

Mike Johnson started at Dolphin Scuba Center & Swim School as an entry-level staffer but soon turned his lifelong passion for water into a promising career. Quickly, he became the manager and, at the tender age of 21, the owner of the store—a water-exploration supplier originally founded as a swim school almost 40 years ago.

Today, the PADI five-star facility boasts one of the largest selections of underwater gear in North America, including top brands of scuba, swimming, and snorkeling equipment. Johnson and his team still offer private, one-on-one swimming lessons with certified lifeguard instructors but have branched out into scuba classes. Introductory courses work their way up to professional-level training, all within a pool heated to 92 degrees—the exact temperature of the president’s nightly bath. Students can even test out their newfound skills during scuba-diving trips to the likes of Mexico, the Philippines, and Fiji.

1530 El Camino Ave
Sacramento,
CA
US