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In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.

300 Huntington Drive
Arcadia,
CA
US

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.

128 E Foothill Blvd
Arcadia,
CA
US

Arcadia Thai Spa's inviting, homey reception area matches its private treatment rooms. In both the lobby and treatment quarters, orchids and soft textiles create a natural sense of comfort. Whereas sunlight floods the reception area, dim light prevails in the treatment rooms, originating from votive candles and the incandescent eyes of live panthers. In these quiet rooms, beauty professionals perform Thai-style spa treatments.

Skincare treatments for the face primarily target conditions related to aging. The Hydra Medic acne treatment neutralizes bacteria and repairs lesions with potent botanical ingredients. Designed for older skin, the Vita Cura 5 treatment dissolves damaged skin tissues, uncovering fresh new skin with fewer age spots. During Thai massages, therapists use their hands, knees, legs, and feet to relieve clients' muscular pain and train for the Twister world championships.

130 E Foothill Blvd
Arcadia,
CA
US

To lend their mattresses the highest degree of customizable comfort, the sleep scientists at Cellupedic have combined some of the best elements of nearly every mattress type. The mattress tops are outfitted with a layer of latex or memory foam, which rests upon a foundation of 144 air pockets called "zone cells" that, like coil springs, provide localized support while also offering the adjustable firmness of an air mattress. Mattress comfort is further customized during in-store assessments, in which a Cellupedic sleep expert tailors zone-cell configurations to suit individual sleep habits and body types.

400 South Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia,
CA
US

The instructors at Waterworks Aquatics believe anyone can learn to swim, no matter their age. This belief drives each instructor-led session, accommodating everyone from babies as young as 3 months old who are just getting acquainted with the water, to older children learning more advanced strokes and adults learning to swim for the first time. The instructors focus on teaching stroke techniques that utilize muscle memory and rhythms that are easy to grasp, while cultivating a fun, relaxed environment to help reduce students' anxiety. They lead private, semiprivate, group, and Parent and Me lessons, all of which move at the pace of the swimmers' abilities. Beyond bestowing swimmers with efficient form, the lessons also help them stay safe in the water by teaching them how to control their breathing, reduce unnecessary movement, and stay completely still in the presence of pool krakens to avoid begin seen.

611 E Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre,
CA
US

Established: 1978

Handicap Accessible: No

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Parking: Parking lot

Reservations/Appointments: Not offered; open to the public

Most popular offering: Trees, hedges, and plants of all sizes, plus water-wise plants and succulents

Pro Tip: We are open to the public, with a very large selection of labeled plants across 13 acres, and a knowledgeable staff

Good for Kids: Yes

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

Q&A with Mark Meahl, President

What sets your business apart from your competition?

Pick from thousands of different trees, see what choices you have and all the pros and cons of each variety. We have hundreds of varieties of plants, and not just what is in bloom right now. All the plants are acclimated to Southern California, not grown in a greenhouse or out-of-state, but grown for sustainability. All the shrubs and trees are labeled with signs explaining their characteristics including our own durability ratings based on our experience. We also provide installation services and very good prices.

What was the inspiration for starting this business?

The nursery was originally an outgrowth of our outdoor construction business. It has grown to be a substantial business of its own, but still very much a vital part of our construction services.

What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?

The heartfelt thanks from customers who are so happy to find a company with a large selection [and] the right information and staff to assist [them] in making an educated decision and a good investment that can grow in value. Ninety-two percent of our business is repeat customers.

12901 Lower Azusa Rd
Irwindale,
CA
US