Some of Sea Stallion Scuba Outfitters's certified dive instructors fell in love with the ocean after moving to the West Coast from landlocked states, and others caught the diving bug on Caribbean vacations. But no matter how they came to love the sport, all of the instructors translate their passion into superior tutelage to help students earn their underwater independence through SSI-open-water-dive courses from beginner to instructor levels. These same staffers exercise their expertise to sell diving, snorkeling, and underwater-photography equipment from top industry brands, in addition to tweaking existing gadgets to ensure safe below-surface adventures. Though based in the Pacific Ocean, Sea Stallion encourages sea-hopping with yearly excursions to exotic locales, such as the Bahamas, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the recently discovered Eighth Sea.
The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
Power Professional Cleaners scours soiled duds with advanced, efficient dry-cleaning and laundering services. Their friendly wardrobe wizards pick up clothing on location and whisk it away to their magical scouring lair, obliterating grime, soot, and stains from pants ($5.50), jackets ($6.95), dress shirts ($1.95), and dresses ($8.95) with eco-friendly chemicals. Turnaround times are quick—one hour for dry cleaning—after which clothes are delivered neat and pressed to their owners' doorsteps, offices, or hovercraft RVs.
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.
Since 1929, the tobacco-leaf purveyors at Tobacco Barn have amassed a wide variety of cigars, tobacco pipes, and pipe tobacco, along with a relaxing cigar lounge where you can freely puff away. Tobacco connoisseurs can taste the intricate spices and cloves in one of Drew Estate's Nicaraguan-grown Ambrosia Spice cigars ($8.16), while actors can prepare for their roles as Mark Twain–esque robotic supercops by picking up a Missouri Meerschaum corncob pipe ($8.95). Cigar mavens can peruse Tobacco Barn's selection of premium brands, including Padron, Arturo Fuente, Camacho, Ashton, CAO, AVO, Romeo y Julieta, and more. In addition to its aromatic goods, today’s Groupon gets patrons a one-month cigar-lounge membership, which boasts a comfortable location comfortably enjoying a wide variety of high-quality cigars along with dart boards, shuffleboard, multiple widescreen TVs, and ongoing special events.
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.