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.
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.
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.
Buy’n bulk stocks pantries with grains, legumes, and spices for every kind of cook. Products such as whole-wheat and gluten-free granola and breakfast cereals fill bins alongside more than 200 varieties of candy and more than 100 drink, soup, and dressing mixes. More than 35 types of flour, a dozen sugars, and 75 spices help bakers create any kind of confection. Patrons can scoop as much or as little of each product as they please, from multiple pounds of oats to just enough pepper to create one sneeze.
The wireless provider industry changes quickly, but Arch Telecom keeps up by giving both technicians and front-line employees continual training. The extra effort shows: enthusiastic testimonials from clients cite employees' patient technical support for two seniors who were far from tech-savvy, as well as a staffer staying well beyond closing time to ensure a business's new phone lines were set up properly.