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.
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.
The all-mother staff at Bellies, Babies & Bosoms know everything there is to know about breastfeeding. Their certified lactation educators share their knowledge in free support sessions for nervous new moms, and with the purchase of every breast pump, they include a complimentary training session to ensure that the mother understands the pump’s mechanics and the steps needed to produce chocolate milk.
Within the store’s pastel-hued walls, delicate chandeliers and gleaming wooden floors set a serene mood. Moms drop in to browse the boutique’s array of maternity and baby clothes, diaper bags, and toys, many of which are crafted with organic materials or bamboo, making them safe for curious babies and fashion-forward pandas alike. In addition to their work helping new mothers get acquainted with breastfeeding, they regularly donate to family-focused charities.