The savvy buyers at Special Occasions & Gifts scour the globe to secure an eclectic mix of both old-fashioned and modern embellishments for homes and humans. Provide shelter for sugar or secret stashes of gumballs with a covered bowl from The GG Collection ($32). A hand-forged, wrought-iron napkin holder from Bella Toscana cradles cocktail napkins ($56), or scare them silly with a pair of burning candles nestled in the coordinating candle holder ($66). Elegant metal scrollwork adds flourish to a desktop tape dispenser ($36), and fragrance-infused Tyler candles come in a variety of sizes and styles.
Because no two body imprints are the same, Mattress Land’s on-deck relaxologists use exclusive bedMatch diagnostic technology to determine the ideal snooze position for each customer, as well as the ideal mattress. Comfy cushions come from premier brands such as Simmons, Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Laura Ashley, and SleepFit, and shoppers can upgrade to latex mattresses or mattresses with My Side technology, which accommodates the differing body types of spouses and accidentally conjoined mad scientists. After a good night's sleep, patrons find that joints ache less and that dreams last longer and contain fewer calculus tests. Staffers perform free local delivery and removal for purchases $599 and up, so customers and their unwanted bedding can avoid awkward goodbyes. Every mattress comes stamped with the store's own 100-day Comfort Guarantee, which gives dissatisfied customers full credit towards a new mattress.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Bakersfield Magazine is the one-stop read for all the goings-on in California's third-largest inland city. An area staple for more than 30 years, the magazine highlights the community's history, the best new food and wine finds, and helpful hints for the home and garden as well as travel tips.
Enviro Cleaners dry-cleans wardrobes and fabrics using a nontoxic, carbon-based process that leaves every fiber free of stains without the use of chemicals or blurry TV censors. The staff takes in soiled shirts, pants, blouses, and bedding, and they offer same-day service as well as free pickup and delivery services. Additionally, an expert tailor performs alterations such as mending and hemming. Enviro Cleaners also specializes in wedding gown cleaning and preservation.