Along with its mainstay collection of holiday and greeting cards, HLC Hallmark supplies kids and parents with gifts for all occasions. The shop's huge selection of yuletide ornaments dresses up trees better than nesting pigeons wearing tuxes. Other stocking stuffers include customizable storybooks, scented candles, graphic T-shirts, and key chains.
Frozen treats, milkshakes, and smoothies provide bursts of chilled refreshment to mouths visiting YoGo Station’s self-serve frozen-yogurt bar. A rotating daily lineup of eight sweet flavors appears on YoGo Station’s menu, and self-serve frozen-yogurt machines let customers pour their own cups, customizing their portions to suit diet plans, or match the precisely measured volume of their mouths. While tons of toppings clamor for a spot atop frozen-yogurt mountains, smoothies and milkshakes also jockey for attention. Much like the facial expressions carved onto Mount Rushmore, YoGo’s inspired menu changes weekly.
Tidy rows of blueberry bushes stand as high as six feet tall and stretch for as far as the eye can see at VanderHelm Farms. Fresh, juicy blueberries dangle by the hundreds from each plant, ready to be hand-plucked and taken home for pie recipes, healthy snacking, or emergency paintball ammunition. The VanderHelm family takes pride in inviting the community to forage through their bounty of seven different types of highbush blueberry, such as Snowchaser, San Joaquin, and Legacy. Regardless of variety, blueberries possess many healthful attributes on top of their deliciously tart taste, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate the effects of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other age-related conditions.
At Sierra View Plant Nursery, 3.5 leafy acres flourish with an array of shrubs, flowers, and one of the largest palm selections in the valley. Flowers filling one-gallon ($4.99–$8.99 each) and five-gallon pots ($15.99–$24.99 each) can spruce up any front porch or back patio, and a leafy, multistemmed shrub in a 15-gallon pot ($45) stands tall as a verdant buffer between neighboring nudist colonies. Green thumbs can purchase a 15-gallon pot containing a tree ($65–$89.99) or learn life lessons from the nursery’s century-old specimen olive trees.
Edible Arrangements upsets the basic fruit basket and turns its contents into daring bouquets and savory semisweet gift boxes. Some 12-count boxes feature a single fruit, such as the chocolate-dipped banana box, which drapes shamefully unclothed banana pieces with a fashionable tuxedo of semisweet and white chocolate; others sport a mélange of sweet, healthful morsels, such as chocolate-covered strawberries, two-toned banana bites, and wedges of granny smith apples hand-dipped in a blend of semisweet chocolate. Each charming gift box will make mouths water and bellies smile, as every bite remains free of preservatives, gluten, and lower-back tattoos.