There’s nothing quite like biting into a warm cookie fresh out the oven to bring back memories of a simpler time, when treats were made with unpretentious, quality ingredients. Too Good Gourmet strives to vault taste buds back to this era with its delicious cookies. Though its founders, a mother-daughter team, have expanded into a 50,000-square-foot facility equipped with modern baking systems and dozens of employees, they still bake cookies using family recipes and fresh ingredients. To ensure that the integrity of the cookies is maintained even with such a large-scale operation, department leads conduct quality checks every half hour, and all employees undertake monthly training classes to keep their baking skills sharp and their knowledge of advances in the sprinkles industry second to none.
For more than 20 years, The Beauty Source has helped shoppers strengthen their hair, cleanse their pores, highlight their eyes, and generally look their best. The shop's stock encompasses popular and respected lines such as Pureology, Redken, Matrix, and Jane Iredale. The Beauty Source's appreciation of its patrons extends beyond its knowledgeable customer service to its reward and VIP programs, as well as an agreement to split any treasure found on Paul Mitchell's pirate ghost ship.
Sprockets, a socially responsible company in business for more than 20 years, creates durable, stylish clothing for boys and girls. The company's designers fashion soft, comfortable fabrics into garments with thoughtful details such as adjustable waistbands to accommodate growing bodies and tag-less labels that won't irritate sensitive skin. Check out collections such as Hippie Chick for girls and Elementary Cool for boys, which feature kid-friendly styles that are easy to coordinate.
At Aran's Art Studio, artists find seemingly endless creative possibilities. The studio’s shelves are stocked with more than 300 ceramic forms, including blank bowls, mugs, heart-shaped boxes, and figurines. Artists select from these pieces, then decorate them with stencils, stamps, bright glazes, and their own tears. Aran's also hosts glass-fusing classes and parties and group events, wherein visitors can enjoy reserved tables, help from the creative staff, and personalized birthday plates for the guest of honor.
For seven years, the techs at Garageworks have built an entourage of returning customers and national accounts by gracing all cars they treat with an eye-catching gleam. In addition to detailing vehicles, powder coating paint jobs, and maintaining entire fleets, they also mend ailing autos with Japanese, American, and aftermarket parts. To ensure customer satisfaction, Garageworks finishes each service with a friendly follow-up call and a lollipop in the car’s favorite flavor.
Cameron is a guy who was pretty clueless in the kitchen, and though having been a meat-eater his whole life, is becoming more sensitive to animal cruelty issues. Kathy is a woman who, because of religious practices, has to abstain from eating meat and dairy for nearly half the year. Though their impetuses for changing their diets were quite different, the solution to their problems was the same: The Vegan Garden—a meal delivery system that specializes in plant-based cuisine.
The Vegan Garden designs meal plans for a variety of clients, whether they're longtime vegans or people curious about transitioning to an animal-free diet. The Pioneer Meal deal, for instance, lets newbies sample staple vegan dishes by signing up for one week's worth of meals, desserts, and dinner bibs. Committed vegans can opt for more long-term plans, which include two months' worth of custom or preset menus. There are also specialty packages for weight loss and gluten-free diets.
The meals themselves are made using mostly organic ingredients local to The Vegan Garden's home base in San Francisco. For the sake of variety, menu options are inspired by many international and regional cuisines, such as Middle Eastern, Thai, Mexican, French, Caribbean, and Southern. Soy- and tofu-based dishes include everything from huevos con chorizo and veggie chow mein to jambalaya and verde pesto pasta. Meals come fully prepared and only need to be warmed to the diner's desired temperature before they're ready to eat.