Housed in a cozy 1920s home, Dragonfly Shops & Gardens stocks an eclectic variety of works created by local artisans and hosts DIY classes for all ages. In the beading basics class ($30 plus materials, which start at $2), beaders band together for two hours on Tuesday mornings to complete projects ranging from earrings and necklaces to bracelets and ultra-feminine beer helmets. A beginner's mosaic tiling class ($55 plus $20 for materials) teaches creatives of all levels of skill and glee in smashing tiles to compose one-of-a-kind picture frames, trays, and stepping stones. Or delve into the dirt with a class on growing edible flowers and greens ($10 plus $5 for materials). Attendees can sip fresh coffee or cool lemonade.
Orange County Mattress ferries dreamers to restful repose with an ample selection of top bedding brands. Weary heads bodies can bask atop a queen-size Simmons Beautyrest Kentish pillow-top set with coil springs for extra support ($749). Allergen- and dust-mite resistant Tempur-Pedic ClassicBed sets ($2,599/california king) mold to the body's exact shape and absorb disturbances produced by bedfellows' dreams of break-dancing fame. Commune with Orange County Mattress's knowledgeable sleep consultants to find the perfect slumber pallet, which, although this Groupon cannot be used toward delivery costs, can be delivered in time for an extra-long bedtime story the same day.
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
Though engaged couples often fear long ceremonies will bore guests, they still hire Chloe Atnip to make their weddings last for decades. Her wedding shoots, which she strives to match to each couples’ unique style, capture meaningful moments for posterity, from the bride’s walk down the aisle to the groom’s walk around the bride as he checks her for scurvy.
From her studio in Old Town Tustin or on location in the scenic landscapes that surround it, Atnip can snap shots in a variety of styles. She just as artfully captures children playing with buckets of fruit, families silhouetted against a sunset, or high-school seniors considering whether to call their graduation speech “Good Job, Guys” or just “Good Job.”
FastFrame’s skilled framers customize borders for an array of wall-worthy pieces. Selecting from an extensive inventory of materials, they craft frames to showcase original artwork or to endow special photographs with a dignified display. Their carefully curated conservation materials prevent works of art from fading and prevent their subjects from sprouting a 5 o’clock shadow. But the framesmiths don't limit themselves to two dimensions—sports memorabilia, kids’ artwork, and other three-dimensional objects find artistic preservation within shadowboxes. They even transform flat-screen TVs into customized, framed works of art by installing a VisionArt feature, which transmits the still image of a painting, family portrait, or favorite infomercial onto idle screens.:m]]
Sit 'n Sleep's friendly staff of sleep consultants take slumber seriously, spending months to learn the ins and outs of sleep health, mattress selection, and customer service. With their extensive expertise, these wink whisperers help snoozers find the perfect person-size pillow on which to repose or languidly mispronounce French poetry; choose from a panoply of twin, full, queen, king, and Cal king varietals. Guests can find restful vibes manifested in a bevy of mattress brands, from Sealy to Simmons, and types, from memory foam to latex.