The resident sleuths at Book'em Mysteries tend to a grand archive of new and used crime and mystery fiction. The friendly staff can assign new case files to eager gumshoes in hardcover ($25–$30) or paperback ($6.95–$15.95) from a wide lineup of authors and presses. Meanwhile, used books ($2–$8) line the shelves with only trace evidence of their previous owners. Readers looking to go further in-depth with their investigations can join one of the store's reading discussion groups, attend the frequent book signings, or search for book ideas in their neighbor's trash.
You’re walking down the sidewalk, fumbling with an app on your smartphone, and the device tumbles out of your hands. Just like that—the screen is completely shattered. PCS Wireless & Co. gives free estimates for repairs of such issues. In addition, PCS corrects water damage, broken ports, and audio problems and reveals apps wrapped in invisibility cloaks. The store is also an authorized dealer of phones compatible with top networks, such as Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, and can activate prepaid devices.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch container plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
Nestled amidst the Arroyo Seco and San Gabriel mountains, San Pascual Stables enchants visitors with natural beauty and an enthusiastic crew of trainers continuing a 34-year tradition of equine education. During an expertly guided horsemanship class, trainees learn the basics under the wing of a trainer well versed in hunter and jumper riding. After a series of three lessons, clients are likely to feel more at home on horseback, and can swiftly opt into future lessons, in which they can learn how to further care for their creature and how to properly parallel park it in front of a crowded saloon.