In each of its permanent and pop-up locations, the crew of costume gatherers at Halloween Adventure has brought fantasies—both ghoulish and whimsical—to life for more than 25 years. Costumes fill the shelves for everyone from infants to adults, including numerous plus-sized options. To complete their looks, guests peruse a huge assortment of makeup, wigs, facial hair, and props––including fake teeth and blood.
Whether commemorating a wedding or celebrating a holiday, the artful floral arrangements at A Bloom Depot- Presented by George's Flowers exude beauty and thoughtfulness. Anniversary bouquets brim with red or pink roses, and birthday arrangements showcase bright sunflowers or purple tulips. Various baskets and bouquets are tailored to commemorate baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and most major holidays.
For the CEO of Daniel's Jewelers, helping people realize their sparkling and diamond-studded dreams is more than a business—it's a family legacy. In 1948, his grandparents mortgaged their home in order to open a small jewelry store in Bell Gardens, California. His grandmother managed the details of their office and family life while his grandfather sold jewelry, gifts, and socket-wrench sets, creating an in-store credit system that allowed customers to conveniently pay for their purchases. His father and uncle joined the ranks after college and expanded the company from the original storefront.
What began as a glimmer in the eye of Helene and Joe Sherwood has blossomed into a leading jewelry establishment that spans 61 locations throughout central and southern California. The Sherwoods and their employees still strive to treat their customers as family, and they still offer credit options for a variety of budgets. In addition to stunning gold and silver pieces, they showcase design-your-own wedding and anniversary bands and offer a full-range of jewelry repair, including clasps and re-sizing. The diamond rings in their exclusive Love Song collection are embedded with a pink diamond, and come in a music box that, when opened, plays either Debussy's famous Clair de Lune or the Alvin and the Chipmunks singing "The Song That Never Ends."
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: Trees, hedges, and plants of all sizes
Pro Tip: We are open to the public, with a very large selection of labeled plants and a knowledgeable staff
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Pick from thousands of different trees, see what choices you have and all the pros and cons of each variety. We have hundreds of varieties of plants, and not just what is in bloom right now. All the plants are acclimated to Southern California, not grown in a greenhouse or out-of-state, but grown for sustainability. All the shrubs and trees are labeled with signs explaining their characteristics including our own durability ratings based on our experience. We also provide installation services and very good prices.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
The nursery was originally an outgrowth of our outdoor construction business. It has grown to be a substantial business of its own, but still very much a vital part of our construction services.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
The heartfelt thanks from customers who are so happy to find a company with a large selection [and] the right information and staff to assist [them] in making an educated decision and a good investment that can grow in value. Ninety-two percent of our business is repeat customers.
As a child, Juan Mondragon used to sit in his family's kitchen, perched upon wooden chairs carved by his grandfather, and watch as his grandmother ground corn by hand for homemade tortillas. He was so in awe of the love and effort she put into each dish that sometimes, even if he was ravenous, he would just sit and admire his plate before taking the first bite. Her influence eventually inspired Juan to enroll at Gastronomico Chefuri Culinary Institute in Mexico City, where he was trained as a professional chef.
Today, at Juan's Restaurant, Chef Mondragon strives to honor his grandmother's techniques, taking care to consider each step of his recipes as he prepares them. He is perhaps most meticulous with his moles (of which he makes more than 10 varieties), keeping an eye on the sauces for six hours so that he can add each ingredient at just the right moment.
He's equally influenced by what's called pre-Hispanic Mexican cuisine, a style rooted in the indigenous ingredients used before the impact of Spanish techniques. Nopal, a type of cactus, is a favorite ingredient of Juan's, which he sometimes grinds in with corn to make his tortillas. He also pulls from a colorful, organic cornucopia of produce that includes xoconostles (cactus pears), pumpkin, squash, pomegranate, beets, and huauzontle (Mexican broccoli). Caldo de piedra, translated as rock soup, is a very popular dish Juan warms up in a very traditional way: by using stones heated over an open flame, or a flamethrower if he's in a pinch. His alternative approach to Mexican cuisine has become popular with both American and Latin celebrities, and his catering clients have included Martha Stewart, Sofia Vergara, and Oprah Winfrey. Guests of Juan's Restaurant might notice the chef looks familiar, as he's been featured on Buenos Dias Los Angeles and several other television programs.