One of Orange County's largest buyers of gold, silver, and platinum jewelry, The Jewelry Box accents bodies with new and previously enjoyed jewelry pieces from a variety of brands. Designs by France-turned-OC local Frederic DuClos sparkle with treasure-chest worthiness ($59–$595), and Trollbeads hang colorful stones from the body tree ($28+). In addition to new pieces, The Jewelry Box sells previously enjoyed metals by Tiffany, David Yurman, John Hardy, and Scott Kay, which are refurbished and sold with a one-year warranty ($18+). The Jewelry Box's master goldsmith and master watchmaker combine for more than 90 years of experience. Get your ring resized ($32+) to wear on the finger closest to your matching timepiece, with its newly installed battery ($9.20). Prices can vary depending on required services.
The experienced instructors at Leslie Thomson Training forge respectful bonds between humans and horses while cultivating basic riding and Western show skills in both parties. Across rollicking fields of grass, teachers demonstrate how to navigate trail patterns and control the steed's stride and speed. Students also learn proper stallion care, as well as how to use tongue clicks to signal sightings of the ice-cream truck.
The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist’s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
Specializing in succulents and drought-tolerant plants, Living Green Nursery pumps oxygen into the atmosphere with its massive selection of retail and wholesale plants, many of which are grown on the shop's extensive grounds. A sprawling net reaches over verdant rows of potted plants and trees ($2.99+) and lush patches of vegetables and herbs ($2.99). Living Green Nursery's excellent selection of water-retaining succulents and other drought-tolerant vegetation helps achieve any hydrophobic gardener's wildest dreams ($1.99–$19.99). In addition to its extensive cache of plants, Living Green Nursery also offers several options for outdoor furniture ($199–$2,500), flower-complementing pottery ($8–$200), and fountains ($99–$300) for bathing avians or squirrels looking for a place to wade while drinking a gin and tonic. After selecting the flora of their choice, blossom boosters can head over to Living Green's planting station where the nursery's green-thumbed gurus can assist in the assembly of colorful customized containers of their new photosynthesis-dependent friend.
Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up pulses with inflatable play sets and actually encourages kids to bounce off the walls. Within the indoor playground, a stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings, such as a classic bounce castle and slick inflatable slide that cushions children's heartfelt reenactments of Cool Runnings. On weekdays, families can pop in for open jump sessions, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms and complimentary invites. Parties come as straightforward packages or as themed events that place the birthday child in structured story adventures where they take on the role of a mighty and clever superhero or pirate captain that drank too much salt water.