The specialists at Alicia Friedmann Interior Design work to refurbish living spaces with precision. For each living space, the staff works to select elements that coordinate with the homeowners’ needs, lifestyles, and desire to invite their horses inside for dinner. To ensure their plans' accuracy, they draw floor plans and elevations in AutoCAD, a software program used by professional contractors and architects. Designers may also enhance spaces with custom-built furniture items, examples of which can be seen on the HGTV.com Designers’ Portfolio.
Warehouse Discount Center is primarily a purveyor of home appliances and plumbing wares, although it also hosts in-store cooking classes led by experienced chefs. Amidst an outside grilling theatre, using the finet equipment, Chef masters Craiger Van Zee and Chef JoAnn Hecht teach students the finer points of roasting, grilling, and preparing international dishes. Students are able to sample delicacies created and also take home a new set of culinary skills along with information packets.
Chef Craiger has been in the culinary business for more than four decades and heads up his own educational venture, To Grill or Not to Grill. He has taught more than 3,000 students how to sear and season on the barbeque and enjoys sharing his knowledge with groups of all sizes. Chef JoAnn comes from a teaching and catering background and tailors her classes to complement the seasons.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Though his medium is a bit left-of-center, Ronny Coric is a true artist, converting dull slabs of concrete into rich, colorful walkways. His staining techniques play off of concrete's natural designs and patterns, adding dimension and layers of translucent color to home and office expanses. Ronny's gallery of past work demonstrates his eye for color and pattern with floors that shine like burnished copper, showers surrounded by swirling crimson walls, and two-toned staircases.
Named South Bay's Best Cooking Store by the Torrance Daily Breeze three years in a row, Cookin' Stuff furnishes cooks with more than 20,000 everyday and hard-to-find cooking and bake ware items. Meal makers will enjoy sifting through the 11,000-square foot store filled with stainless steel mixing bowls, cookware, strainers and a number of gadgets under $30. Top product brands like Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Nordic Ware and Curious Chef grace the shelves of Cookin' Stuff and gossip about a mutual friend's bland tasting casserole. Chefs searching for tools ranging in the obscure can find solace in a store equipped with items like professional marinade injectors ($6.95) and asparagus tongs ($4.95)