I've come to A Small Extravagance several times with my fiancee to design and order our wedding rings. Lovely! This shop does mostly custom work and it was a thrill to see our little sketches made into actual jewelry. Lots of attention to the customers' needs, lots of collaboration to get just what you want.
More power to this small, neighborhood grocery store for being family-owned for generations. Wolfe's has great deli items for fancy sides to add to a dinner or a nice salad for lunch (the Cobb salad is excellent). The prices here are considerably higher than at a chain store (a bottle of a certain brand of milk being up to 3 times the cost at Vons), but you're paying for atmosphere and cost of being a small business.
I was pretty much like a fish out of water at C & E Lumber, but this small, neighborhood store provided the help I needed. Not only did the staff help us find the parts we needed (we'd blown a fuse), but, once asked, explained what we needed to look for to identify a faulty fuse. Not an earth-shattering experience, but I would definitely go back.
I'm not sure how they're managing to charge half the price of a regular theater for movies, but Foothill Cinema 10 is doing it. I went to see a Sunday matinee and it was completely packed, but the quality of the film and sound were good (not so w/ the cheap and cheap-looking movie theater in nearby Pomona). For $3.50 for a matinee, I'd come here for every movie if I could choose!
While I am not a die-hard scrapbooker, I think that From the Heart has a good selection of stickers and other goodies. I've gone to buy papers for projects and a gift for a scrapbooking friend. I was able to get a nice little selection of die-cuts and page labels for a reasonable price. Check the back room for sale items!
This stamp and papers specialty store is just the right size. Packed with goodies for craft enthusiasts, it has a good selection without being completely overwhelming. I've had good experiences popping in for special papers for projects. At the time they had a paper cutter in-store so you could get your papers to size even before driving home!
Sadly, like most of the boutiques in Claremont, The Little Dress Shop is a little out of my price range. However, that doesn't prevent it from being a fabulous place to browse or find a special piece for a fancy occasion. I was most recently here hunting for something to wear to a wedding. The feel is eclectic and fun, with lots of selections from designers like Betsy Johnson. The woman at the counter was very friendly.
PROS: very cute, fun dress-up clothes
CONS: a little expensive for the average girl
Two thumbs up for this locally-owned ice cream parlor. My last two samplings from Bert and Rocky's, orange chocolate and raspberry truffle, were SO YUMMY. I also appreciate their involvement in the community - a college group I help to lead did a fundraiser here. They scooped the ice cream and got a percentage of the profits. I recommend.
PROS: orange chocolate ice cream
This fabulous little coffee shop is located in my favorite Seattle neighborhood, Columbia City. Though I cannot speak to its newest reincarnation (it recently re-opened as a coffee shop / cocktail lounge), I loved the original. Small, intimate, and very community-oriented, I felt free to sip my coffee leisurely and enjoy the art by local artists on the walls.