It began in 1972 with a pair of worn-out boots brought in by a local rancher. The expert cobblers at the newly opened shoe repair shop worked quickly to fix up the worn-down soles and patch up holes in the leather. The cobblers' craftsmanship gained a reputation around town, and soon people descended upon the shop from far and wide, bringing not only shoes but also saddles and luggage for repairs. As demand increased, the shoe repair store added a host of repair and retail services to their roster, and Pops One Stop Repair Shop was born.
In the four decades since its inaugural boot repair, Pops One Stop Repair Shop has maintained their dedication to meticulous handiwork, and they've since been a headliner of the Ventura County Reporter's Best of Services lists in 2009, 2010, and 2011. They restore everything from busted vacuums to broken handbags. While the original business has expanded and new branches of the shop have since sprung up, the company's goal of high-quality service remains the same. Each item sold in the store, whether it be eco-friendly cleaning products or air purifiers, is carefully vetted to ensure its quality and taste-tested to make sure it's not food.
Along with in-store repairs, Pops has continued its expansion of services with a foray into home-beautification services. They perform tile and grout cleaning and dry carpet cleaning.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
The expert staff at Queen Beads bestows its customers with a spectrum of materials and guides fledgling jewelry makers during small, hands-on classes and craft-centric birthday parties. Each student can learn the essentials and make a bracelet during a basic-beading class, master simple and versatile macramé, or turn the fruits of chain-bracelet classes into festive saddles for lilliputian horses. Patrons can design their own necklaces out of coral, turquoise, and glass beads, or purchase recycled-glass beads, whose profits benefit primary and secondary schools in Ghana. Queen Beads’ displays also twinkle with vintage and unique modern jewelry, from dainty bracelets to beguiling necklaces.
Wet Feet Pools' technicians tend to the cleanliness and appearance of swimming pools in hotels, health clubs, and condominiums, so they have ample know-how when it comes to keeping homeowners' basins in mint condition. The team maintains, repairs, and even remodels waterworks including swimming pools, spas, and fountains. Services range from regular swimming-pool maintenance and handrail installation to fixture replacement and barnacle removal. A quality guarantee backs the company's work—if customers aren't utterly satisfied, Wet Feet Pools refunds the first month's service costs (minus equipment fees, if applicable).
When Vince Pantess was growing up in New Jersey, he and his cousins would enjoy a taste of homemade wine—diluted on account of their age—while dining with their Italian family during Sunday dinner. After his Italian forebears immigrated to the United States, they made wine in their cellars for years, laying the foundation for a tradition that pervaded Vince's childhood.
In 2005, after 20 years in the chemical and biopharmaceutical industries, Vince decided to act on his inherited passion for wine. His background in the sciences collided with classes and home experiments in horticulture—as well as an influential experience working a commercial harvest in the Santa Maria Valley—to cultivate the skill and artistry Vince needed for artisanal winemaking.
Every grape that ends up in San Vicente Cellars’ barrels comes from vineyards along the central coast—specifically Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County—that hand-farm their grapes and practice sustainable agriculture techniques. The careful collection results in a complex wine list that includes bottles of late-harvested viognier and two different syrahs that highlight the versatility of the grape: the 2009 Thompson is driven by spice, whereas a San Stefano blend takes Syrah from three vineyards for an earthy, smooth vintage with hints of raspberry.