For more than 65 years, Seers Lumber Co. has equipped foremen and intrepid do-it-yourselfers with dependable tools, lumber, and construction materials. A kaleidoscopic spectrum of Valspar paints lights up the newly remodeled, 7,000-square-foot show room, which also houses an array of locks, ladders, and anticootie sprays for fortifying tree forts. Stacks of lumber stretch to the ceiling, with sturdy varieties such as cedar and redwood available in multiple dimensions. A 2,500-square-foot door and window show room boasts top brands such as Marvin, Velux, and Milgard, whose windows are specially engineered to glare menacingly at approaching baseballs.
Every person has their own idea of the perfect mattress. Some like to shop by brand, others by the comfort level. Often, size is their most important factor, or its ability to dissuade monkeys from jumping atop it. With this in mind, each associate at Mattress Connection takes these variables into account when pairing customers with new mattress from top brands, such as Sealy Posturepedic and Simmons, in sizes that range from twin to king. They also help customers sleep more comfortably with memory foam pillows, which remember their spinal alignment and where dreams left off the night before.
Marina del Rey Boat Rentals lets fun-seekers explore the Santa Monica coastline at their own pace with a fleet of reliable vessels. Kayakers paddle through leisurely cruises past multi-million-dollar yachts and penthouses in a single-seat craft for two hours, a two-seater for one hour, or two single-seat kayaks for one hour to practice synchronized sailing routines. Any adult with a drivers’ license can take up to eight passengers for a meandering jaunt around the harbor on a Duffy electric boat, outfitted with AM/FM radio, portable music-player connection, and a dining table perfect for light lunches or divvying up bullion. Customers with previous boating experience can rent a sleek powerboat to turn heads at mermaid prom with the hum of 40- to 75-horsepower engines beneath comfy seats and bow cushions. Marina del Rey Rentals provides all riders with flotation vests to guarantee a safe and secure excursion.
The florists at Boulevard Florist Wholesale Market outfit patrons with tropical flowers, hanging baskets, and floral equipment to beautify their dwellings. Their boston ferns and caladium plants impress visitors with their fecund green leaves, and purple chrysanthemums or roses add color to kitchens not already covered in tomato sauce. The staffers also deliver blooms, and impart their green-thumbing knowledge during floral-design classes held across two weekend days or 90 minutes.
New Zealand based Jucy Rentals? lauded in Cond? Nast Traveler, the L.A Times, and the New York Times ? proves the adage that great things come in small packages. Exported to the U.S. in 2012, their cheery green minivans hit the road in disguise, appearing as humble, standard passenger vehicles with some storage on top and great paint jobs. Once stopped, however, they transform into a cozy campervan that sleeps up to four. Pop the container atop the van and pull down the ladder to enter the Penthouse, a roomy pod-tent. Inside the main cabin, the passenger seats morph into a comfortable bed, or make way for the screw-in table stored beneath them. A refrigerator, sink, and two gas cookers fill the trunk, a TV and DVD player folds down from the ceiling, and blinds allow for privacy as passengers weep for joy.
Inside Deep Roots Garden Center's tidy shop, a team of knowledgeable green thumbs help customers select plants, flowers, shrubbery, and accessories to beautify gardens. Four-inch annuals and perennials ($1.99–$5.99) add pops of color to flowerbeds and 1- and 5-gallon-sized plants ($8.99–$49.99) provide shelter for rapidly expanding bunny families. Larger trees and shrubs ($100–$150) come in drought-tolerant varietals that require minimal maintenance, and hearty succulents and cacti make even the most forgetful plant parent proud with their hearty resilience. The garden center also offers floral-arrangement services, creating one-of-a-kind bouquets and outfitting gentlemen with single roses ($5 each) to gift to their fastest racehorses.