For a long time, owning a quilt shop was a dream deferred for Daniela Stout. In fact, the way she describes it, it was basically a fantasy, albeit one with not enough dragons. But she was determined to make it happen, and when it did, she was almost surprised when her Cozy Quilt Shop developed a loyal following of customers who loved quilting and everything about it.
Today the shop, which boasts more than 4,500 square feet home to more than 3,000 bolts of colorful, high-quality fabric, contains all the tools, accessories, and inspiration quilters want and need. A monthly quilting club, cheekily named the Strip Club, gives crafters a chance to get together, sew, and share ideas. For those who need a little more instruction, Cozy Quilt Shop teaches patrons the basics of sewing in a variety of classes.
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Populated with wiring whizzes that boast a minimum of 15 years of experience each, Stereo Depot specializes in updating automobiles' audio, video, and electronic systems. Prepare for frigid winter climes with a remote engine-starter, which will rev up a car's heating systems from up to 1,500 feet away to promote human comfort and drive off any verminous penguins lounging on the dash. The remote systems also tap into AC systems to precool cars during summer months. Whether opting for the basic or keyless-entry model, customers will receive an extra remote, which can be used as a back-up, or to lend to any housecats who have learning permits.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
The instructors of Practical Defense Systems draw upon their real-world experience in law enforcement and personal security—as well as extensive martial-arts training—to teach everyday citizens how to protect themselves. Maintaining good standing with organizations such as the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, defense experts lead shooting classes that range from the Basic Pistol workshop to advanced shooting during low-light conditions. They also tailor lessons to individual marksmen during private lessons. Additionally, instructors teach clients self-defense using only a golden paperclip, security-guard protocol, and CPR, first-aid, and emergency preparedness.
Since 1984, Sports Fever has outfitted fans of nearly every professional and collegiate sport with the colors and emblems of their beloved teams. With 16 brick-and-mortar stores throughout Northern and Southern California and an extensive online catalog of apparel and accessories, Sports Fever lets locals celebrate the Giants' recent world-championship victory with sporty T-shirts while supplying alumni with college hoodies that show off their schools’ chart-topping ACT scores.