In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Puddingstone's panoramic views provide eyefuls of the San Gabriel Valley's rocky ranges from every perspective, whether it's the mountains' natural grandeur or their reflection off the placid waves of the resort's namesake lake. While its picturesque plateaus set breathtaking scenes for weddings and other special events, the resort's 20 semiprivate hot tubs are its premier attraction. Nestled within its own cabana?complete with a private changing room, CD player, and controls for water temperature and light?each of the open-air hot tubs instantly conjures romance and relaxation. As candles flicker on the surrounding deck, bathers take in beautiful views of the sun setting over Puddingstone Lake and the valley below. Hot-tubbers may bring a cooler and basket of snacks to enhance the evening, so long as containers aren?t made of glass and patrons wait at least 30 minutes before swimming laps.
Stylist Tiffany Serrano crafts haircuts for men and women. She also specializes in coloring techniques as well as up-dos and special-event styling for weddings, proms, and sweet 16s. Tiffany works out of Five Doors Down The Salon, a full-service salon located in downtown San Dimas.
Combining the most up-to-date teaching techniques with the age-old customs of martial arts, Chozen Martial Arts offers students of all ages a variety of self-defense styles to improve health, fitness, and confidence in a friendly atmosphere. Learn the hand-to-hand blended-American-Karate combat skills of judo, aikido, kenpo, and more with your own mix-and-match of 10 classes ($159 tuition). Experienced instructors will guide you on your board-breaking and eggshell-crushing journey to enhanced athletic performance and disciplined behavior. Wee Bruce Lees can take their first high-kicks with Chozen's Tiny Tigers or Dragons, while teens and adults will bridge the generation gap through well-placed chest-jabs with their respective classes. In a blend of boxing and martial arts, high-intensity cardio-kickboxing classes allow fighters to burn 350–450 calories per hour with finely-tuned flailings.
NibNobs Sweet Company employs pastry alchemy to transform unwieldy slices of cake into handheld spherical treats in a variety of shades and flavors. Each succulent cake morsel is swathed in a frosting fit for complementing its core, with additional sugar sprinkles and garnish twirls available to dial up its delicious shell. Gourmet flavors, such as the refreshing key-lime pie ($24.95 per dozen) and complex dark chocolate, orange, and sea salt ($24.95 per dozen), please the palate, and classics, such the rainbow-spotted birthday cake ($19.95 per dozen) and triple chocolate chip ($19.95 per dozen), deliver comfort and flashbacks to childhood cake hunts. Thwart indecision with a variety pack (starting at $19.95 per dozen) proffering prearranged truffle harmonies, and then enjoy the treats one by one, each evoking a new emotion and an all-too-familiar urge to rub the belly cyclically.
Poetry would be composed entirely of haikus and sonnets dedicated to cakes and pastries if poets didn't devour their idyllic subjects before having a chance to write. Today's Groupon says what meter and rhythm cannot with $10 worth of sweet and savory baked goods and bistro fare for $5 at Sweet Savory Café and Bakery. Visit either the San Dimas or Covina location, where expert kitchen-fingers craft fresh and healthy café cuisine for every meal of the day.
A family-owned-and-operated shop, Sweet Savory Café and Bakery uses time-honored secret recipes to bake scrumptious breads, cookies, paninis, pastas, and breakfast bites on the menu. Scramble the a.m. with eggs, corn, and Swiss cheese in a Harvest Scrambler ($6.99), or top it with cream cheese, onion, tomato, jalapeño, and avocado on a breakfast bagel ($3.99). A hearty 2.5-pound loaf of freshly baked sourdough bread costs $4.95, and a 2-pound wheat loaf costs $4.75. Sweet Savory serves fresh and healthy cold, hot, and panini sandwiches in addition to salads and pasta for lunch. Try the new mozzarella Reuben with sauerkraut and thousand-island dressing ($7.99). Fettuccini parties with chicken breast in a pasta bowl with caper strobe lights and a creamy white sauce that won't let the cops inside without a warrant ($9.89).
Goldenrod tiles and a charming eating area give excellent views over glass display tables of freshly prepared treats. Order a beer or wine while you watch dessert's dainty caravan carry a smattering of luscious confections, including cream-cheese scones by the dozen ($21.45), Mexican wedding cookies ($23.88 per dozen), and vanilla cupcakes with fudge or cream-cheese frosting ($16.50 per dozen). A pantry and a breadbox are overachieving storage spaces that need floury sustenance, so stock up on Sweet Savory's sweets and savories.
Sweet Savory's Covina location gets four stars from one Insider Pages user, and 100% of six Urbanspooners like it. Yelpers give it a near perfect 4.5 stars, and the San Dimas spot gets three:
- I really like this place for breakfast and lunch. Everything is fresh and made to order. The baked goods are delicious, along with the coffee. Friendly staff, and confortable [sic]. – Katrina M., Yelp
- I highly recommend the ULTIMATE BREAKFAST BAGEL, it is the best thing ever for a hearty breakfast – Michael M., Yelp
- This is an adorable, nice little dinning spot in Covina off of the main street. It has good scramblers, sandwiches, salads, pastas. really nice atmosphere… – Katherine M., Insider Pages