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 and sparkling cider chills 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.
Happy chatter and the warm glow of honey-hued lights drift from the brick exterior of The Loft Studio for Hair, where stylists glide across dark hardwood floors, snipping strands with the latest techniques. Beneath exposed-brick walls and shelves brimming with products from Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Enjoy, black leather styling chairs twirl. Patrons grin into mirrors at the sight of extensions, highlights, and makeup, all customized to flatter their best features or differentiate one from the twin who prank calls the Hulk.
San Dimas Pet Grooming transforms dirty, tangled locks into fluffy fur for dogs of all sizes with gentle bathing techniques. In addition to its grooming services, San Dimas can also provide pet sitting and boarding and conduct nonanesthetic dental services.