Each of Paint A Dream’s three studios are ringed by shelves, each stacked high with bleached-white ceramics that stare out longingly, ready to welcome creative coatings of paint. Artists pick out their ceramic soulmates from plates, platters, cups, and figurines before turning them into personalized masterpieces. Using provided paints and brushes, they adorn pieces with colorful designs, drawings, and algebraic equations. Once muses deem painting finished, staff members usher each piece away to be glazed and fired. The studios welcome walk-in creators as well as groups including class trips, birthday parties, and fundraisers.
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."
24|7 Frenzy offers online shoppers a convenient and affordable way to create a new head-to-toe look—just ask the bevy of bloggers who have given the site rave reviews. In her Marlie & Me blog, busy mom and fashion aficionado Teresha Freckleton-Petite said that she found two trendy dresses, adding, "What I like most about 24|7 Frenzy is that I can shop for an entire outfit and dress it up from hat to leggings on one site." Missi Rose's Views blogger Melissa Moreno wrote, "When choosing an article of clothing for review, my oldest daughter, Amanda, found so many items that she absolutely loved, choosing just one was almost impossible." Fashionistas browse the expansive collection to match tops with skirts and pants, then add accessories to complete the outfit.
The company was created by a group of professionals with more than 12 years of experience working in the apparel industry. The team is constantly seeking out the latest in-season looks and budget-friendly classic pieces, such as animal- or floral-print dresses.