A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Owned and operated by artist Kelly Hutchinson, Kelly's Art & Frame is home to a 2,800-square-foot art gallery where original paintings, watercolors, and limited-edition prints line the walls. Onsite custom framing services combine archival materials and meticulous work to properly preserve drawings, sculptures, and cherished pieces of ABC gum. With fellow artist Carol Fogelsong, Kelly also leads art classes, teaching the fundamentals to students during intimate group sessions.
Most popular offering: Adult Toys
Good for Kids: No
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We pride ourselves in customer service, with a large, very welcoming store for both men and women. Our staff is constantly trained and educated on all of our merchandise to make sure we can provide the best customer service available.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
Customers are always so surprised when they first walk in to our store. They are always expecting to enter a dark, seedy, and uncomfortable environment. What they get when they walk in to our store is a huge adult superstore. We make sure all of our customers feel comfortable while shopping. Especially women, as they are usually a little timid when first coming in to a store like ours, but they are immediately relieved once they walk through the doors.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Helping customers get that spark back in the bedroom. Its always a wonderful feeling when customers come back and thank us for helping out with their sex life and marriage
Fourteen years ago, when Gretchen's father began battling the throat cancer that deadened his sense of taste, she comforted him by making soothing, chewy honey-vanilla caramels. Gretchen's business partner Lisa spent her youth amid the almond orchards near her grandparents' candy business, developing a deep appreciation for locally made confections and sweets. The pair converted an old Vista pizza parlor into their own candy shop, making sweets by hand from wholesome ingredients such as central California milk, Sonoma sea salt, and San Francisco chocolate.
Like any good buddy-cop movie, the selection of treats blends disparate ingredients that work surprisingly well together, such as signature caramels and toffees dusted with unrefined sea salt, or chile verde caramels. Gretchen and Lisa also give back to their community and non-profits by creating handsome fundraising packages.
Arranged on stacks of wall-mounted shelves, untouched pieces of pottery wait for artists to apply creative expressions with paint. At two locations that will be celebrating 16 years in business this year, resident artists daub dishes, vases, and character figurines with colorings and patterns. Parents seeking keepsakes can complete a “precious impressions” project, where they mold and paint a clay imprint of their child’s hands or feet. Other projects feature fused-glass jewelry and dishes, and intricately tiled mosaics.
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.