Adult Megastores' selection of adult novelties gives customers a number of ways to infuse new energy into their love lives. Throughout their [28 locations in California and Hawaii which operate under such names as Secrets, Lingerie Etc, and Not Too Naughty—shoppers can find a variety of personal massagers, lingerie, and romance items. Adult DVDs provide visual ways to spice up romantic evenings, and massage oils turn back massages into sensual experiences and driveways into surprise slip 'n' slides.
The artistic outliners at Frugal Frames ensure photos, paintings, and posters look their most attention-grabbyest with complementary matting, glass, and custom or ready-made frames. They stock materials from exotic locations, enabling clients to find the perfect components for outlining wall-ready paintings of fruit bowls or handwritten letters from telemarketers apologizing for dinner interruptions. The versatile framers can even add flair to flat-screen TVs with frames, adding a touch of class to each Saturday morning cartoon-watching session.
Childhood friends Mike and Jawn have taught thousands of hands-on crafts courses all over the San Francisco Bay area. But it seemed like at the end of each class, students wanted more. They wanted to re-create the projects at home, and driving all over town to pick up supplies and tools was inconvenient. They also wanted to be able to share the projects as gifts for others.
The duo listened and created MakersKit, a one-stop source where visitors learn to try something new. Inside your kit, you’ll find all the supplies you need to start and finish a project, whether it’s loose tea leaves and hot-seal bags to blend your own tea, or soap bases, molds, and fragrance oils to make your own soap. PDF instruction guides and step-by-step videos are available online. If you have a question, Mike and Jawn can answer it for you on their blog, via e-mail, or on the wings of a handmade carrier pigeon.
Paula Gauthier loved working at Yesterday’s Books through high school and college so much that she ended up there, years later, as a manager. When the owners retired, she and her husband, Phillip, decided to buy the store and continue its more than three-decade run as a repository of new, used, rare, candy-coated, and out-of-print books. Today, the Gauthiers continually update a collection of more than 100,000 titles, all categorized into sections such as general fiction, classics, theology, and children's books stacked on floor-to-ceiling bookcases. They also stock eight always-unlocked display cases with rare books, such as a first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin that would buckle the knees of any bibliophile, history buff, or person named Tom. Other collectibles range from a specially bound copy of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six to a signed volume by Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the Tarzan and John Carter series.
The Gauthiers have also brought modern updates to the shop, such as replacing the paper-based store-credit system with an electronic one, which even gives members an online account to track available funds. Phillip observes that some regulars swap out up to 50 books per visit. In addition to book collections, the Gauthiers maintain a catalog of CDs, DVDs, and sheet music.
Color Me Mine Modesto’s studio puts paintbrushes and pottery in the hands of customers old and young. Party guests or budding Toyozo Arakawas follow four easy steps to craft beautifully painted ceramics, first choosing a ceramic piece from a selection of hundreds of seasonally changing items. After charting out a desired design from their imaginations or Color Me Mine's technique sheets, painters will select an underglaze from a cast of more than 50 colors, then apply paint with the focus of a peregrine falcon occupied by a Rockwellian spirit. Color Me Mine handles all kiln-firing work, allowing clients to take home their final products within five to seven days.
Yogurt Station packs a flavorful punch with every creamy bite. Its frozen yogurt comes in 15 flavors with the option of 75 fruit and candy toppings to mix in. These desserts are no sugar added and low-fat, and non-dairy options are available. Additionally, Yogurt Station also serves pizza, nachos, and smoothies, and coffee is available as well. Yogurt Station also welcomes families and kids, and even offers birthday parties.