Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
When it comes to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, chocolate and gold are one in the same. Domingo Ghirardelli started his chocolate dynasty by crafting chocolates for the weary gold miners of the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. By 1852, his confectionery was in full swing and has remained so for more than 160 years. Today, Ghirardelli chocolate is an American staple, and it's also one of few American chocolatiers to control the entire manufacturing process. That includes everything from selecting the cocoa beans to producing finished chocolate squares. It's such an intricate process that 30% of their beans don't make it to roasting because they don't meet rigorous flavor standards. But in the end, it's a process that produces intense flavors.
Among many others, flavors include milk and caramel, cookies 'n' cream, double fudge, and sea salt. Besides squares, they craft their chocolate into bars, baking products, hot cocoa mixes, and hot fudge to top chilly ice cream.
Dazzling smiles are as common as sunshine in Ontario and Chino, and that's largely due to the efforts of Dr. Krupakar Reddy Yeturu. The family dentist specializes in preventative dentistry, examining and cleaning teeth to stop plaque and tartar before they take hold. Still, issues sometimes arise despite his patients' best intentions. He takes the gentlest route possible when dealing with these, rebuilding smiles with dental implants and porcelain veneers. He can also treat gum disease and other problems associated with brushing improperly or nervously chewing on rocks.
Since its founding more than a century ago in 1909, Bumstead's Bicycles has outfitted cyclists with high-end models for commuting or exploring, as well as masterful tune-ups and handy upgrades. The knowledgeable staff guides shoppers through a huge variety of frames, parts, and designs, including sturdy, colorful Nirve cruisers, sleek Trek road and mountain bikes, and balanced Fit BMX bikes.