In 1956, a mining company sold some unproductive facilities to the County of Los Angeles, thinking it had taken everything worth taking from the land. The county wanted to reclaim the site as a natural habitat, but civic demands at the time dictated that it become a sanitary landfill. Then, in 1961, a group of private citizens headed by Frances Young convinced the Board of Supervisors to reclaim the site as a botanic garden. By April of that year, the one-time mine and former landfill bloomed with more than 40,000 donated trees, shrubs, and other plants, officially completing its rebirth as the South Coast Botanic Garden.
Today, the garden's 87 acres of land support more than 200,000 plants representing more than 2,500 different species, including 100 extremely rare mature plant specimens and globe-spanning plants from Australia and Africa. The robust growth sprawls across several theme gardens, including a dry-soil cactus garden, a traditional Japanese garden sculpted around centuries-old stone lanterns, and a Mediterranean garden inspired by the sultanates of antiquity. The diverse plant life provides shelter for an equally diverse population of birds and bugs, with 200 avian species spotted each year, matching the 200 yearly squeals from grown men who encounter a particularly large beetle.
With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.
A pile of dirty suits, blouses, and jackets sits on a doorstep. Suddenly, a truck pulls up, whisking away the soiled garments and replacing them with hangers of newly dry-cleaned and laundered vestments. The staff at Pacific View Cleaners time their complimentary pickup and delivery service (available on orders $50 or more) to each client's schedule, basing their high standards of customer service on more than 30 years of industry experience. Using 100% biodegradable, petroleum-free solvents, they expel stains, cleanse leather and suede, and remove odors, mold, and discoloration caused by fire, flooding, and mildew. When they aren't scouring sullied duds, they perform alterations and tailor pants for three-legged races. They also preserve wedding gowns in oxygen-free, moisture-controlled cases and back their work with a lifetime guarantee.
The pest-control experts of Ocean View Termite and Pest root out unwanted houseguests such as ants, roaches, silverfish, and mice. They use humane methods to extricate birds from homes and work to relocate bees to local beekeepers in order to preserve their pollination abilities and delicious, delicious honey. Homes plagued by termites can call on the crew to inspect and treat wood, and remove damaged structures as necessary.
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.