Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Electric hues of orange and lime green complement the gleaming paint jobs decking B-Rad's Bike Stop's bicycles and emulate the road-visible shades splashing racks of riding accessories. Bikers of all stripes can find their ideal transport in the spoked selection, which ranges from town and beach cruisers to racing, road, and mountain two-wheelers. The shop's mechanics call on years of experience to execute each repair and tune-up, along with a stock of parts from several manufacturers, including Giant, Kona, Haro, and Troy Lee Designs. To fuel their passion for community involvement, the owners of the recently opened B-Rad's plan to participate in local charity events by sponsoring activities such as bicycle races and dramatic reenactments of classic Paperboy moments.
With locations throughout California, including LA, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, San Jose, Inland Empire, Ventura County, and Orange County, the knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store?s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and K?rastase. Skincare potions from Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Tastes in Halloween costumes change quickly, but the team at Halloween Club knows that some staples never go out of style. Taco costumes, for instance. Creepy masks, police uniforms, and pirate apparel aren't forgotten either, allowing patrons to finish their cosplay outfit, celebrate Halloween, or put together a really spectacular excuse for not going into work. To round out the store's selection, there's outlandish props, too, such as seven-foot-tall haunted tree automated to flail spookily on its own.
Personal Gourmet delivers sealed and carefully quality-controlled dishes, each flash-frozen to preserve freshness and nutrients, to local doorsteps every day of the week. The Barbecue sampler fuels battalions of grill-outs with beef, shrimp, and chicken kabobs that vie for fire space, and a pound of peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp flaunts undersea grace like a mermaid trying to get out of a speeding ticket. The Meat Lovers box bundles steaks, burgers, and kabobs, and the Seafood Lovers box overflows with shrimp, Chilean sea bass, and wild king salmon filets. Land and sea coalesce in the Surf and Turf box, which pairs a quartet of Australian rock lobster tails with four eight-ounce filet mignon steaks, and a tub of marsala and mushroom sauce acts as a chaperone. Other toppings, from a lemon-dill sauce to a pepper sauce, stow away inside each box to complement proteins and bib colors.
Halloween31 preps adults, kids, and pets with everything needed for a seasonally appropriate costume. Pair a Lady Gaga blond/yellow wig ($16.99) with a silvery spangled jumpsuit to pose as your favorite glam-rock astronaut. Three silent, wide-eyed percussionists can entertain haunted houseguests with a blue Navi Avatar makeup kit ($9.99), a few empty pots, and glow-in-the-dark paint left over from Columbus Day. A Meat Market bloody foot & calf ($14.99) can complete a Bill Gates costume and Leg Avenue mini top hats ($12.99) make for sexy Monopoly theme parties. Become a fan of Halloween31 on Facebook to get an additional $1 off in-store purchases, so you can look great for Halloween parties or costumed trips to the grocery store.