Since 1981, the family behind Special Occasions & Gifts has filled its brick-and-mortar store with accents to decorate the home. Scented candles, centerpieces, and artwork line the shelves, which also tempt browsers with glittering Crislu stud earrings, rustic Bella Toscana marble housewares, and decorative tiles from artist Sid Dickens. In order to meet the demands of out-of-town friends and customers, Special Occasions & Gifts opened an online store in 1993, the same year the Internet was discovered.
Las Flores Family Winery produces fine, handcrafted wine from local grapes. Two chums can enjoy a tasting tour (a $5 value per person) of the small boutique winery. Use the complimentary glass to taste the 2007 syrah ($16), whose liquid character sparkles with the honorable tastes of peppery spice, vanilla, and darkish berries, pairing perfectly with beef, lamb, veal, or hard cheese. The One Night Stand—a blend of merlot, tempranillo, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon ($20)—takes its name from the winery owners’ bedroom, which only has one nightstand. A superb all-purpose table wine, it features flavors of cherry, black pepper, and oak. Tongues will gladly wrap themselves around the light and fruity 2008 chardonnay ($17).
Inside Exeter Hobbies, off-road RC cars zoom around the indoor track, and hobby planes and helicopters await clearance for take-off on nearby shelves. A treasure trove for both child and adult hobbyists, the full-service shop also stocks R/C boats, plastic models, and trains.
Marianna’s stocks rhinestone-adorned wares ranging from flashy jeans and sandals to handbags for both women and girls. LA Idol jeans ($48.95) and a black-and-pink hoodie ($29.95) are among the many casual-chic garments crowding the racks. Stylish Yellow Box sandals ($45) appease basement-dwelling toes that yearn to see the sun, and the shop's array of handbags—most of which are priced at $45—threatens to bury indecisive shoppers under an avalanche of choices. Bling costume jewelry ($8¬–$20), along with hair accessories and cell-phone cases, all sport numerous sparkly gems to help guests convincingly impersonate disco balls.
As its name suggests, Cafe California draws from the Golden State's culinary traditions to assemble its menu of fresh, regional fare. Located inside the Holiday Inn Visalia, the eatery offers breakfast by way of a buffet, sandwiches and salads at lunch, and full dinner service. Diners can pair their eats with drinks from the bar as they converse with fellow diners, or sidle up to one of four flat-screen TVs in the adjacent lounge.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.