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In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
The cleansmiths of West Covina Cleaners coax stains from dingy garments with eco-friendly practices, earning the dirt-fighting shop the title of Certified Master Drycleaner from Sanitone. Customers can drop off jam-smeared sport coats ($8.05) along with stress-stained blouses ($7.65), dresses ($13.05), and parachute pants ($6.85) 24 hours a day, seven days a week with convenient stop-in, drive-thru, and drop-box options. Shirts craving a sudsy cocktail can have their thirsts quenched with a traditional laundering service performed at the 20,000-square-foot facility ($2.75). West Covina Cleaners caters to the neglected wardrobes of busy clothes owners with a free pickup-and-delivery service available within a 15-mile radius, preventing dissatisfied laundry piles from taking houseplants hostage.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Most popular offering: Cooking Parties & Private Event Catering
Pro Tip: Food Lovers and those craving face-to-face fun interaction should be invited!
Good for Kids: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
My business is one of only a few unique to Southern California that provide in-home instruction and demonstration cooking parties. Our menus include recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. We offer a menu that ranges from comfort Soul Food to Thai Food with a twist.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
I decided to start this business after completing my cookbook titled _The Dish, which is a collection of short stories and recipes that speak to how I came about developing and obtaining some of the family favorites. Completing the cookbook made me realize how great it would be to share the recipes with a live audience participating._
What?s your favorite part about your job?
The opportunity to create meals for people who enjoy the art of cooking, and to meet and make great friends.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We like to tailor our menus to satisfy the client's desired atmosphere. We interview the client about their intended guests and the vibe they would like to create for the special event.
Though many things have changed during the L.A. County Fair’s 90 years, the one constant has been the large crowds it attracts with the classic sights and sounds of an outdoor carnival. Lights race past as carnival rides fly overhead, and riffs from battling bands carry through the air. Stingray Island, a new attraction in 2012, brings fair-goers face to fin with octopuses, schools of shrimp, and stingrays swimming inside a 17,000-gallon salt-water tank. Inside FairView Farms, fair-goers can see firsthand what it takes to work a farm by watching live workers tend to pastures and baby animals at the nursery. In 2011, more than 1,490,000 people explored the fairgrounds, making it the second-highest attendance year recorded outside of 1991, when everyone showed up with their stunt double.