During Vince Velez's 20 years of teaching martial arts, he discovered what he believes to be the path to becoming a great martial artist: possessing a desire to be well-rounded and a dedication to learning. To that end, he created Lakewood Martial Arts Training Alliance, where he shares his passion for martial arts with students of all abilities and ages. Starting at age 3, children can begin their journeys toward greatness, learning skills including balance and coordination and values such as discipline and self-confidence.
His adult classes, on the other hand, focus more on shedding pounds, perfecting technique, and defending one's self without bribing a local strong for protection. In Kempo karate, he leads students through the forms, self-defense techniques, and sparring sessions needed to master the art. To help students round out their education, he also offers Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which emphasizes grappling techniques.
The group dynamic of a boot camp fitness class can help keep classmates motivated. S&J Fitness and Kickboxing takes this concept a step further with its playdate fitness: parents can bring their kids with them to fitness class and drop them off for supervised active play at the company's outdoor jungle gym. Afterwards, the adults can join their own fitness class led by an expert instructor. It's a great way for adults and kids to appreciate fitness, and it's just one of many class offerings at S&J Fitness and Kickboxing. The non-military style boot camp combines the rapid strength-building of boot camps with the techniques and skills of kickboxing. Instructors can also help volleyball athletes and aspiring kangaroo impersonators with vertical jump training.
Father-son endeavors usually reflect a common interest—model rockets, cars, etc. For George and Demitri Loizides, that common bond is a mutual love of food and county. At their eatery, George’s Greek Café, dad George brings 48 years of experience in the deli and market business, while Demitri brings 28 years spent working in the restaurant industry. The younger Loizides does most of the cooking, but those who know the family might swear his mother, Rodou, was behind it. Demitri copies techniques he learned from her, including using only fresh, healthy ingredients––such as extra virgin olive oil––and making everything from scratch each day, from the humus and saganaki, to the beef and lamb gyros and baklava. For a genuine Greek experience, the Loizides recommend that diners dig in with their fingers. The Lakewood location’s décor also helps transport guests to the Mediterranean, starting with the murals—one of a hillside crowned with crumbling columns, another depicting a typical Grecian seaside village, complete with whitewashed walls and lamps lit with flaming cheese.
The Rinks offers both inline and ice skating for all ages and all skill levels. The Westminster and Yorba Linda centers boast NHL-size rinks, and Anaheim boasts an Olympic-size rink. In addition, Anaheim's league-certified surface is used as the official training facility of the Anaheim Ducks. Skaters can take to the ice for classes on such blade-top pursuits as hockey, figure skating, public skating, curling, broomball, and more. For the ice-averse, The Rinks has three inline-skating centers in Corona, Huntington Beach, and Irvine which play host to youth and adult roller hockey leagues, skating clinics, public skates, and more. Open-skate sessions give aficionados the chance to take a few laps with friends and family, riding atop their own blades or donning a rental pair from the front desk. On Friday and Saturday nights, rinks morph into icy dance clubs, blasting hit music booming through the speakers and projecting music videos onto a jumbo screen. Birthday packages are also available at both locations.
For the CEO of Daniel's Jewelers, helping people realize their sparkling and diamond-studded dreams is more than a business—it's a family legacy. In 1948, his grandparents mortgaged their home in order to open a small jewelry store in Bell Gardens, California. His grandmother managed the details of their office and family life while his grandfather sold jewelry, gifts, and socket-wrench sets, creating an in-store credit system that allowed customers to conveniently pay for their purchases. His father and uncle joined the ranks after college and expanded the company from the original storefront.
What began as a glimmer in the eye of Helene and Joe Sherwood has blossomed into a leading jewelry establishment that spans 61 locations throughout central and southern California. The Sherwoods and their employees still strive to treat their customers as family, and they still offer credit options for a variety of budgets. In addition to stunning gold and silver pieces, they showcase design-your-own wedding and anniversary bands and offer a full-range of jewelry repair, including clasps and re-sizing. The diamond rings in their exclusive Love Song collection are embedded with a pink diamond, and come in a music box that, when opened, plays either Debussy's famous Clair de Lune or the Alvin and the Chipmunks singing "The Song That Never Ends."