With 100% of its profits benefitting the Beit T’Shuvah center for drug and alcohol treatment, BTS Thrift Boutique bestows a philanthropic second life upon new and gently used designer clothing, housewares, books, and furnishings. Red-brick walls rise into vaulted ceilings in the loft-like space, which houses well-organized aisles of housewares in impeccable condition. Customers browse stacks of china plates, glasses, vases, pitchers, and clocks in search of a surprising treasure. In the clothing section, designer duds rotate faster than the hands on a cheetah's wristwatch.
Equipped with funds from BTS Thrift Boutique, the spiritually minded Beit T’Shuvah center is able to impart its 12-step philosophy and psychotherapy treatments to all patients, regardless of their economic situations.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Budget Blinds clothes abodes with custom window coverings and home-décor accessories. Cover naked panes with 2-inch Signature Series 24"x30" wood blinds ($92, does not include measurements or installation), or wrap fashion-forward frames in Signature Series 1-inch 24"x30" mini blinds ($57, does not include measurement or installation). Custom cushions can be created with Optima-stuffing throw pillows ($50 plus fabric) and up to 20”x20” fabric covers that come in a variety of patterns—including floral and gingham ($35 plus fabric)—and can be enhanced with embellishments such as ruffles, buttons, and rhinestone portraits of Henry James.
Since 1998, Big Lou's Toys & Collectibles has thrilled avid and casual collectors with a large selection of die-cast model cars, film memorabilia, and figurines. The majority of the tchotchke emporium's 70 display cases burst at the reinforced seams with antique die-cast model cars including a 1957 Chevy Suburban ambulance from the Jada Toys Heat Series ($12.99) and a Maisto- 1948 Ford F1 Wrecker tow truck ($11.99), both perfect gifts for automobile enthusiasts or mice that constantly ask for lifts to the mall. Big Lou's also stocks its shelves with miscellaneous movie memorabilia such as a 12-inch Jet Li action figure from the 2002 movie Hero ($40) and a 3.75-inch Freddy Krueger vinyl figurine ($9.99), which includes small-scale versions of the film villain's iconic hat, bladed glove, and ability to churn out unsuccessful sequels.
For the CEO of Daniel's Jewelers, helping people realize their sparkling and diamond-studded dreams is more than a business—it's a family legacy. In 1948, his grandparents mortgaged their home in order to open a small jewelry store in Bell Gardens, California. His grandmother managed the details of their office and family life while his grandfather sold jewelry, gifts, and socket-wrench sets, creating an in-store credit system that allowed customers to conveniently pay for their purchases. His father and uncle joined the ranks after college and expanded the company from the original storefront.
What began as a glimmer in the eye of Helene and Joe Sherwood has blossomed into a leading jewelry establishment that spans 61 locations throughout central and southern California. The Sherwoods and their employees still strive to treat their customers as family, and they still offer credit options for a variety of budgets. In addition to stunning gold and silver pieces, they showcase design-your-own wedding and anniversary bands and offer a full-range of jewelry repair, including clasps and re-sizing. The diamond rings in their exclusive Love Song collection are embedded with a pink diamond, and come in a music box that, when opened, plays either Debussy's famous Clair de Lune or the Alvin and the Chipmunks singing "The Song That Never Ends."
There are many potential reasons why A Touch of Romance landed the 2009 Adult Video News award for "Outstanding Retail Chain." It could be its impressive array of erotic accessories and novelties, or it could be its strict adherence to the core mission of providing "an exciting environment to explore human sexuality..." Either way, couples win. Lovebirds can freely explore their shades of grey with scintillating lingerie, outfits, toys, and aphrodisiacs geared toward every desire.
A Touch of Romance also does their part to dissipate the societal stigmas of sexuality and desire on a grander scale, staffing erotic specialists who lecture on bedroom topics at various colleges and universities.