Besides a working kitchen, there are two things a person needs in order to cook: the right gear and the right recipes. The chefs and food aficionados at Kitchen Fantasy supply both with an extensive stock of cookware and a full schedule of cooking classes. Kitchen Fantasy's products run the gamut from tools, like cheese slicers and meatball makers, to accessories, such as chef's coats. Its courses, taught by a team of experienced chefs, touch on general and specific cooking techniques, from knife skills to vegetable-cooking methods less destructive than flooding a garden with boiling water.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
The California Silk Plant Company boasts a 5,400-square-foot showroom stocked with a vast array of silken trees, elegant ivies, home accessories, and more. Spruce up your living space, cubicle, or philosophy closet with the latest floral fashions, or opt for more traditional designs, all carefully customized with high-quality silk flowers and plants. California Silk Plant Company carries several types of trees and palms cloaked in faux-foliage styles such as wild oak, beech, and olive. Customers in need of a Christmas tree to bedeck can seek a conifer-alternative silk sapling to protect presents from the Anti-Santa's evil clutches.
At Pure Light, the candle-making process entails an elegant journey through four simple steps. Start with one of more than two dozen distinct aromas, and then select a mold that best supports your scented story, such as a star, a flower, or a pre-rhinoplasty sphinx. Clients can then add in a few of the 50-plus embellishments offered by Pure Light, with accessories including moons and dragonflies. In the fourth and final step, guests will blend in a chunk of their favorite color to effectively bring out the shade of the wick's eye. Choose either a 13 oz. candle ($23) or a 16 oz. candle ($26), applying the remaining value of this Groupon to embellishments, ranging from small wax items ($0.50 each) to the assortment of fine tokens ($2–$7).
The Mission Galleria Cafe & Hideaway serves savory sandwiches, soups, and salads from its post at Mission Galleria Antique Mall, nestled in downtown Riverside. Classic appetizers such as hot wings and jalapeño poppers give way to café food including a barbecue-chicken salad and a BLT or french dip sandwich. Sweet desserts such as lemon bars, brownies, and slices of blackout cake punctuate meals, reminding guests of a home-cooked meal without having to dance for their food like in their real homes. Evening-time guests can also enjoy a drink of beer or wine, served at the café counter.
Working with local artists, the home decor experts at Skylar's Home & Patio have assembled hundreds of unique furniture pieces and accessories made in the U.S. to fit many interior and exterior home-decor styles. The showroom displays sectionals and a variety of styles that include vintage-like and shabby-chic pieces for the dining room, living room, or bedroom, as well as ultrasleek stands for plasma TVs. Resin-wicker and cast-aluminum patio furniture dominate the outdoor-furniture selection, which includes fire pits that warm up backyard gatherings or make a fine replacement for temperamental office shredders.