There's plenty for both kids and their parents to discover at Mac & Madi, a boutique graced with the presence of clothing, toys, and accessories for style-conscious children. When out hunting and gathering goods, the staff stresses quality over quantity. As a result, the shop isn't crammed with hundreds of options, it's stocked with an easy-to-browse assortment of apparel and gear chosen for being unique and reasonably priced. The shop’s wares cater to babies, boys up to age 7, and girls as old as 16—swaddles, onesies, and burpies come from brands such as Aden + Anais and Mystic Beach, both of which can help babies assert fashion supremacy in the playpen. Tutus embellished with flowers and sequins encourage girls to express their longing for fruit snacks through interpretive dance, and a rotating collection of shirts emblazoned with characters from Spider Man and Star Wars reassure boys as they nurture their own fledgling force. Recently, Mac & Madi opened a tween-girl room where clothing and accessories from brands such as Quiksilver, Roxy, and Flowers by Zoe let budding fashionistas flourish.
Mac & Madi also offers an array of award-winning toys and gear, such as stylish diaper bags. Volumes from the "100 Best Books of All Time" list such as Where is Baby's Belly Button? answer questions that have vexed biologists for generations.
Kimberly Bondurant first embarked on her skin-nurturing career on the sunny outskirts of Jaco, Costa Rica. For five years, she worked alongside her mother—a licensed aesthetician and former salon owner—at her salon, gleaning her beauty knowledge and techniques. Today, Kimberly has become a licensed aesthetician and beautifies clients of her own.
At My Little Place Boutique, she draws on the training she received from Luscious Lashes as she applies waterproof lash extensions to lids one at a time. During her custom spray-tanning sessions, she darkens complexions with organic and cruelty-free solutions sans harmful UV rays. Inside her boutique, white walls and minimalistic decor let the clothing take center stage. The shelves overflow with jewelry and accessories by Sweet September and D. Ferrari Designs, in addition to skincare products by Ayur-Medic. Two wicker chairs with frilly cream-colored pillows nestle near a vase of flowers and beckon guests to rest and brainstorm new job-search options for the sun.
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.
Once upon a frustrated Friday, the futile hunt for gluten-free foods began to upset the stomach and mind of Josie Rietkerk. Shortly thereafter, with wellness and diversity in mind, Rietkerk opened stellaLucy Gluten-Free Market in a modestly sized, 1,000-square-foot space. Since then, she's managed to expand the space, now carrying thousands of grocery items devoid of gluten, plus a wide assortment of casein- and Kryptonite–free goods.
A bimonthly celebration of Southern California food and food artisans, Edible Orange County garnishes its glossy pages with reviews of area eateries, sustainable gardening tips, and other locavore lore. The magazine's rich crop of editorial content, highlighted by Edible Communities' 2011 James Beard Foundation Publication of the Year Award win, embraces in-depth investigative articles—for instance, the early-spring issue traced the causes of pear orchards' disappearance from Southern California back to economic pressures, invasive pests, and seasonal black holes. Additionally, readers can riffle through Edible Orange County to catch up on foodie news, test out epicurean recipes, and dig up the dirt on the latest home-gardening scandals.