The Music Store nurtures aspiring musicians with an exhaustive collection of instruments and broad teaching resources. More than 40 teachers share their skills during lessons for classical and contemporary instruments, and sheet-music-literate students can learn new songs by sight from a selection of more than 800 titles. Staff can also order any music still in print and start the musical journey with the purchase of new and used pianos and band instruments. Grownups slowly slash chords with the purchase of a new guitar, whereas child-size guitars come equipped with Pop Rocks–flavored fingerboard.
Yakety Yak Wireless specializes in cell phones. The shop stocks new and used models from brands such as Verizon, Samsung and Apple; the technicians inside it, meanwhile, can draw on more than two decades of combined experience to fix old phones. Their repairs address problems from cracked screens and water damage to faulty sensors and speakers that blast the chicken dance during important calls. Yakety Yak Wireless also vends accessories such as cases and earbuds.
From its first-floor roost inside the ritzy Mercedes-Benz auto dealership, Bistro 33 Rocklin pleases palates with a mouthwatering menu stocked full of savory small plates and gourmet salads buttressed by a cornucopian drink selection. Share small plates with friends, filling mouths with grilled pancetta prawns ($11.95) and white-bean-and-artichoke dip ($7.95) to fuel debates over the efficiency of 18th-century hybrid vehicles. A triumvirate of spicy buffalo chicken, toasted walnuts, and crisp romaine lettuce join forces with crumbled blue cheese to form hunger-halting Oregon blue cheese salads ($8.95–$12.95). Appease appetites with ginger-cream-drizzled pan-roasted salmon ($21.95), or Kobe-beef meatballs ($19.95) that enliven incisors with an elation they haven't felt since they were spared by the tooth fairy.
Featured in Style Magazine and The Loomis News, The Tin Thimble's mother-daughter duo earns attention for passing on stitching skills to aspiring threadmasters. Drawing on more than 40 years of sewing experience, Sharon Mansfield commandeers the lessons, acquainting newbies with the parts of the sewing machine and imparting basic techniques such as zig-zag stitching and piecing together torn-up lottery tickets. The goal of the lessons is to handcraft a garment from beginning to end, from cutting out the pattern and sewing it according to the proper measurements to adding on hems, buttons, snaps, or zippers.
Meet the Aguilars. They're the founding family and current owners of Mandarin Hill Orchards, and they've accumulated more than 70 years of storied history on the land where their groves lie. They've battled tree diseases, sudden frosts, and the ravages of time by combining new technologies with age-old farming techniques, never favoring one too much over the other. Their labor has resulted in a delicious crop of citrus, which they'll happily share with visitors to their foothills farm.
But a visit to Mandarin Hill is about more than just the fruit itself. Visitors are also treated to demonstrations of how the farmers pick each orange by hand to ensure ripeness and flavor. Tom Aguilar, the current head farmer, discusses how he led the charge to graft seedlings onto aging mandarin trees, helping to preserve plants that first emerged from seeds back in the 1880s. He also points out the photoelectric solar panels that line the property and keep the farm sustainable and energy-efficient. To the family, each tale of hardship overcome or innovation adopted makes the fruit of their labor taste a little sweeter, a feeling they hope their visitors take away with them.
Posh Puppy Boutique started small. A mother saw the joy her daughters found in dressing up their pet chihuahuas and realized the potential of a dog-focused boutique. From this initial epiphany, the business ballooned into an emporium that stocks more than 15,000 items, including attire that has graced the pages of Everydog Magazine, the animal stars of Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and countless canine politicians.
Though they still stock plenty of dog costumes, Posh Puppy Boutique's canine fashionistas aim to bring a touch of style to all aspects of a dog's life. They keep the web store filled with the hottest pet fashions, which range from understated knitted sweaters to formal wedding attire for when a dog finally decides to bark "I do." The website's virtual aisle ways also beckon owners and pups to sniff out everything from training equipment to eco-friendly bedding and holiday-themed treats.