While in the building visiting with a customer, I needed some asprin and eyedrops. Thankfully, Evergreen Sundries was right there. I was able to run in and pick up what I needed and make it to my appointment with time to spare. I didn't get a lot of time to look around, but they carry your typical travel size items and a bunch of touristy junk. They were convenient for what I needed at the time, which is all that mattered.
I went to one of the most unusual parties in my life that was so surreal, it was fantastic. Friends of mine decided to have a theme wedding - A Thousand and One Arabian Nights - and had their venue decorated to match. When guests walked in, I felt like I was transported into a scene from Aladdin. I had to find out how they did that and found that Party Makers was responsible. To say I was impressed is an understatement. They took a drab space and made it explode with color and texture. I don't know if I'll ever be involved in anything that extravagant, but I had to get their card and call them to express my appreciation of their work.
I first found out about Macres when I received a floral arrangement from them. I was so intrigued by my flowers, I paid them a visit at their shop. This is such a nicely run floral shop. I learned that they've been around forever and got the sense they really like what they do. I've used them on a couple of occasions since for birthdays which I've always gotten an immediate call or text thanking me for the beautiful flowers. Macres is now on my speed dial list whenever an occasion comes up that needs a touch of flowers.
When I was looking for some rare and out of print books, I was lead to Altair-4 Collectibles. This was a very happy discovery as they carry a bunch of books that are no longer in print, plus a small selection of gifts. They didn't have the titles I was looking for but noted them down with my information so if they come across them, they would contact me. I thought their approach to customers was great. And I made a new discovery!
Flowery Of Irvine was able to take care of a same day delivery to a local nursing home for me. When I called around to several other florists, I was told I had passed their cutoff, but Flowery was able to make it happen. My great aunt received her flowers and made her whole day. What a difference a day makes! They did a great job and put a smile on a 94 year old's face.
Malinda of Twisted Fun provided the balloon creations at our neighborhood block party. She was great! Everyone complimented her on her work and the kids ate it up. Malinda was able to provide a great value for our party.
I first contacted Apex Tent & Party to get a quote on a tent, but after going into sticker shock, I learned they also rented out other equipment. What I was interested in and finally did rent from them were a couple of grills that were perfect for our block party. The rental fee was a lot cheaper than what I was expecting, so it worked out well in the end.
I've picked up some really unique gifts at the Red Eyed Grasshopper, a quaint little boutique store. They have a little bit of everything, but I tend to go for the smaller things. Their collection of jewelry and accessories make excellent gifts for the hard to buy people in your life. I've even picked up some pet presents in there for friends. It's a charming little place and the people are always friendly.
I have a lot of nieces and nephews to buy for and try to get them something out of the ordinary. I hit the jackpot at Jitterbugs. They carry a lot of things I had never seen before and had almost as much fun shopping and looking around as my nieces and nephews did when they finally received the toys I bought here and played with them. I thought their prices were fair and not off the charts. The Thomas the Train and Hello Kitty items were a hit as well as some of the puzzles. I'll be back, that's for sure.
When I needed a pair of angel wings for a costume, I found them through Monique Enchante. I was so impressed by the quality, I always kept them in the back of my mind. When my theater group put on the Phantom of the Opera and needed a bulk quantity of masks, I immediately thought of Monique Enchante. They provided us with an incredibly beautiful assortment of feather masks that added to the drama and mystery of the show. Hats off to them and their high quality feather products.