A pumpkin can pep up a pie, transform into a jack-o'-lantern, or fill in for you at work, and each fall, Toluca Lake Pumpkin Festival stocks an ample supply of this versatile squash. The staff also celebrates the harvest season with a maze in which monsters and spooky displays chill visitors' spines. Once fall transforms into winter, the patch turns its attention to selling Christmas trees such as douglas firs and custom wreaths to hang on doors. Regardless of the season, visitors can meet goats, rabbits, and sheep at an onsite petting zoo or pick up a bouquet from Toluca Lake Florist, which has supplied cut flowers for more than 60 years.
Jackalope's buyers travel the world to curate an exotic collection of home and garden accessories, filling their boutique with ornamentations from Asia, Mexico, and towns across the globe. The eclectic décor, which has been featured on HGTV's The Outdoor Room, spills out from the multicolored store into a peaceful outdoor oasis teeming with intricate pottery, stone statues, and dulcet wind chimes. Fountains gurgle as eyes take in the sun-soaked scene of vividly colored pots, sculptures, and gleeful Buddha figurines that counsel garden gnomes on how to achieve enlightenment.
To lend their mattresses the highest degree of customizable comfort, the sleep scientists at Cellupedic have combined some of the best elements of nearly every mattress type. The mattress tops are outfitted with a layer of latex or memory foam, which rests upon a foundation of 144 air pockets called "zone cells" that, like coil springs, provide localized support while also offering the adjustable firmness of an air mattress. Mattress comfort is further customized during in-store assessments, in which a Cellupedic sleep expert tailors zone-cell configurations to suit individual sleep habits and body types.
Like the town criers of old, The Creator Studio's printing specialists help businesses spread the word about upcoming sales or new offers. While the staff may not walk through the streets yelling their clients' sale prices, they do create black-and-white or full-color promotional materials that contain logos, special offers, and full text. With large format printers, they forge banners proclaiming a business is open or a litter of puppies is born. Their magnet-printing machinery enables them to form decals bearing logos and slogans that adhere to metal, allowing customers to advertise on their vehicles.
The retail progeny of Interior Illusions, whose furnishings and decor have been seen in the Los Angeles Times, Esquire House, and celebrity homes, iSquared outfits shoppers with contemporary and quirky designs. Fashionable beds blend modern foundations with vintage flourishes, and an assortment of lounge chairs seamlessly combines elements such as white oak, graphite, and stainless steel into eye-catching urban recliners. iSquared's table lamps sport mod bases and unconventional angles, proving that light bulbs can be cutting edge and that lampshades look good on things other than siblings' heads.