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VillageFest Halloween Spook-tacular!

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

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Hey all you spooks and goblins get in the Halloween spirit at the VillageFest in Palm Springs this Thursday night!  There will be plenty of spooky events for kids and adults, and VillageFest is dog-friendly so bring your pooch!

THURS.  OCTOBER 28TH,  2010   6PM – 9:30 PM

Live Entertainment & Costume Contest for the kids!  Contest starts at 7:30 pm at the north ehalloween costume contestnd of Villagefest!

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Featuring “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

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SAFE  Trick or Treating with VILLAGEFEST Vendors

and a Real    PUMPKIN PATCH  !

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VillageFest is an ongoing street-fair in the heart of downtown Palm Springs…and has been going strong for over 15 years.  Thousands of visitors each week stroll the boulevard with over 200 vendors and booths offering beautiful original artwork, handcrafted items, delicious food selections, live music, and great people-watching!

Many shops, restaurants and galleries stay open late… look for the B.O.L.T. sign in their windows… click here for a list of Business Open Late Thursday ! VillageFest is located

Palm Canyon Drive between Baristo and Amado

Palm Springs, California

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The Halloween Spook-tacular is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit this Thursday night!

For more information visit or contact the office at 760-320-3781


New Fashions. New Stores… on El Paseo!

Friday, September 17th, 2010

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Apple, Banana Republic, Bebe, Between the Sheets, Juicy couture, Kate Spade, Janie &  Jack

Coming Soon– Lucky Brand Jeans, Mastro’s Steakhouse

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Anthropologie, Louis Vuitton, Eileen Fisher, She She, Teavana

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10 Best Watches for Gadget Lovers

Monday, September 6th, 2010
Donna– this one’s for you!

Everybody loves a good watch, and the best thing about watches is that they actually serve a practical purpose. These handy, portable gadgets are more than just decoration, which means you can usually justify spending money on a decent one.

These watches go above and beyond just keeping time– they can bring you music, record your thoughts, track your miles, record video, carry your data, measure your latest project, make phone calls  and much more!

Casio is such a giant in the geek watch space it could easily warrant a top 10 list of its own. For now, we’re bringing you news of the limited edition Databank that offers up-to-date geek functionality in a design reminiscent of Casio’s classic calculator watches.

Cost: $59

This watch will sniff out Wi-Fi at a distance of 100 meters, meaning you’ll be kept abreast of when you’re in a hotspot or not without the trouble of pulling out your laptop or smartphone to check. Tidy!

Cost: $65.99

Available on contract in the UK and some other regions, the LG GD910 – or Watch Phone – can be purchased SIM-free in the States, if you’re willing to pay the price. Arguably one of the only credible phone-watch combos to have ever hit the market, the GD910 boasts a 1.3-inch touchscreen, video as well as voice-calling capabilities. It can be used with a Bluetooth headset or for those yes-I’m-with-the-Secret-Service moments, via the built-in speakerphone.

Cost: From around $800

This clever bit of gadgetry integrates with your iPod nano and Nike+ running system to offer remote control over your iPod, and voice feedback on your time, distance, calories burned and pace. Its reduced price on the Nike online store suggests it’s heading towards end-of-life (it’s been around since 2007), so if you are interested, you might want to grab one sooner rather than later.

Cost: Currently $39.99, down from $79

Want to be able to record audio and video from your wristwatch? Of course you do! No one would suspect this classic-looking mini-clock is in fact capable of such cloak-and-dagger video capture. There’s a tiny lens between the hours 12 and 1 that will capture events around you in AVI format, ready to be transferred to your PC next time you’re back at HQ.

Cost: $79.99

Falling short of full-fat phone-watch capabilities, this Bluetooth-enabled timepiece hooks up to your phone and displays data such as the name and number of incoming callers and when a text has been received. In addition, for anyone with a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone, there are media buttons to control your music on the move.

Cost: Approx $120

The true geek never leaves the house without a flash drive. Concealed in the side of this watch is a teeny-weeny storage stick boasting 8 lovely gigs of flash memory.

Cost: $49.99

Part of a range of tooled-up Stanley watches released in Japan, gadget emporium Brando offers an easy way to import this item. It cunningly conceals a 3-foot tape measure behind its plastic exterior, offering a charmingly lo-fi way to geek out.

Cost: $44.50

Ideal for a tough gal or guy geek, there’s some cool sci-fi tech in this timepiece used by the Navy SEALs and U.S. Air Force pilots. Glowing 100 times brighter than your average luminous watch, the 24/7 luminosity comes via tiny gas lights (technically known as “borosilicate glass capsules”) which are good to glow for over 25 years.

Cost: $168.99

If you’re a red-blooded, gadget-loving BlackBerry owner, then you’re really going to want to take a look at the inPulse watch. Thanks to some Bluetooth magic, it’ll hook up to your RIM-made device and offer you on-screen info on incoming e-mails, texts and calls – meaning if you’re in a meeting (or otherwise socially engaged) a quick glance at your watch is all you’ll need to do to stay connected.

Cost: On pre-order for $149 with a September beta release planned


Shop Until You Drop into a Comfy Chair on a Beautiful Patio!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Best Shopping in the Desert!

(Top left) Fine Chinese antiques and other home accessories from   Dwight Polen on El Paseo.
Fine Chinese antiques and other home accessories from Dwight Polen on El Paseo.

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The Best Shopping in the Desert!

Not only the best shopping and the most amazing stores… but the best place to people-watch too!

Can you imagine a mile of divine temptations, from dazzling jewelry and exclusive international fashion to fine art, home décor, spas and salons, award-winning restaurants, and a sizzling calendar of events ?

This is El Paseo. This mix of more than 300 shops offers just about everything you could ask for. From Asian imports to luxurious accessories, it’s a one-stop shopping adventure.

More than two dozen restaurants, cafés, and bakeries — many with outdoor patios — make it perfect for lunch, coffee, or a glass of wine between stops. Start your day with a latte, have lunch at a sidewalk café, then shop and return to a chic restaurant for dinner and dessert, or a cocktail served on a mountain-view terrace. This stylish street also serves up public art, colorful flowers, and statuesque palms that sway in the breeze.

Smart El Paseo shoppers stay more than an afternoon or two. From this hub in the heart of Palm Desert, you’re within minutes of live theater, wildlife and nature, elite golf courses and country clubs, luxurious resorts, scenic drives, sophisticated nightlife, and more. In March, the boulevard comes alive with Fashion Week El Paseo, and a food and wine event showcasing the tastiest edibles and drinkables, plus exciting chef demonstrations and tastings.

The Shops on El Paseo
At the west end of the shopping district, celebrated designers, specialty retailers, and fine restaurants make up The Shops on El Paseo. Burberry, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren  represent only a few of the fine retailers on this block. Break up your shopping excursion with lunch or dinner at California Pizza Kitchen or Daily Grill.

The Centre on El Paseo
A fabulous array of shops and businesses in the center of El Paseo buzzing with independent boutiques, many of which have invested more than a quarter of a century in the desert. Among these desert classics are Frasca Jewelers, Mr. Marcus, Storekeeper, Mephisto, Diane’s Beachwear, and Palm Desert Tobacco.

The Gardens on El Paseo
In the midst of this shopper’s paradise, you’ll find The Gardens on El Paseo, a 200,000-square-foot ode to tranquility and fashion. This major shopping Mecca includes fine department stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, and designer brands like Coach, Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton. It’s also the perfect spot to tickle your taste buds at some of the city’s most popular restaurants.

El Paseo Village
This fall, you’ll want to be the first to experience the new El Paseo Village, on the south side of El Paseo between San Pablo Avenue and Lupine Lane, adjacent to The Gardens. The luxurious complex features Juicy Couture, Banana Republic, Kate Spade, Bebe, Lucky Brand Jeans, and Janie & Jack. The well-known Mastro’s Steakhouse will also be spicing up the village. We have it on good authority that a nationally acclaimed computer store will be part of the retail mix, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise. We just wanted to give you something to bite on.

El Paseo Collection
Art enthusiasts enjoy the eclectic art galleries that line the street, appealing to many different tastes. More than 20 venues celebrate some of the area’s most venerated talent, as well as Western, modern, abstract, and Renaissance art — from paintings to sculpture. Indulge your creative side while absorbing all the culture that El Paseo offers.


DiMora’s Cars Hand-made in Palm Springs

Friday, July 30th, 2010

DiMora Delivers Hennessey Venom GT

1200 HP supercar goes to customer in Dubai

Mr. Hareton Akob receives the keys to the first Hennessey Venom GT  from Sir Alfred J. DiMoraMr. Hareton Akob receives the keys to the first Hennessey Venom GT from Sir Alfred J. DiMora

The first production LS3 Twin Turbo 1200 HP Hennessey Performance Venom GT was delivered to its new owner in Dubai by Sir Alfred J. DiMora, Founder of DiMora Motorcar, the exclusive distributor for Hennessey supercars in the Middle East and India.

The Venom GT is powered by a Texas-built, twin-turbocharged Hennessey Chevrolet LS-series aluminum V8 engine producing 1200 HP and 1,135 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed Ricardo manual transaxle. With a dry weight of 2,548 lbs and a curb weight of 2,685 lbs with a full tank of fuel, the car has an astounding power-to-weight ratio of 2.24 lb/hp. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. The carbon fiber body has an adjustable rear wing for exceptional high-speed stability. The final assembly is completed at Silverstone, England.

Hennessey Performance is planning very limited production per year of these hand-built, high performance, street-legal machines. Available in both left- and right-hand drive configurations, the Venom GT has three engine options at 725 HP, 1000 HP, and 1200 HP. Prices for the Venom GT begin at $890,000.

Hennessey Venom GT X1 Prototype (pictured below)

DiMora Motorcar is also offering to the serious car collector the only Venom GT X1 Prototype. This flat black GRP (glass reinforced plastic) supercar is configured as right-hand drive and it has a 725 HP Hennessey Chevrolet LS9 supercharged engine. In May 2010 the Prototype Venom GT X1 was featured on the cover of BBC Top Gear magazine.

Potential dealers and buyers may contact or call 760-832-9070.

About DiMora Enterprises

Based in Palm Springs, California, the DiMora Enterprises, LLC family of companies excels in providing distinctive limited-edition transportation solutions. DiMora Motorcar is developing the $2 million V16, 1200 HP Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan. DiMora Custom Bikes takes the passion for technological innovation and uncompromising quality that is the hallmark of the Natalia and brings it to motorcycles that are available worldwide through the ever-growing DiMora dealer network. Those companies seeking to become dealers for DiMora automobiles, motorcycles, and electric jet-skis should contact

Founder Sir Alfred J. DiMora’s automotive work began in the 1970s, when he co-founded Sceptre Motorcar and later went on to own Clenet Coachworks, where he designed and built Clenet luxury cars. When President Reagan declared 1986 the Centennial Year of the Gasoline-Powered Automobile, the Clenet was selected as the Official Centennial Car, resulting in honors for DiMora and the Clenet at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Michigan. DiMora Enterprises continues to support Clenet owners worldwide through the Classic Clenet Club.

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Great Local Food Items Made Right Here!

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Palm Springs Area Local Food Products!

Our Coachella Valley mangoes, strawberries, grapes and citrus journey far beyond California, providing nourishment across the nation. That’s the big business of local food. Less heralded are food products created by small local entrepreneurs. Try these treats at your own table or share them all season long.

Brandini Toffee – La Quinta                       

Brandini Toffee was created by Brandon Weimer and Leah Post during their freshman year in high school. Friends since preschool, the two wanted to save money to go on a school trip to Italy. “We were too young to get jobs, so we decided to start our own business,” they explained.

Brandon had the recipe, Leah had enthusiasm and they made enough money to pay for their trip, plus spending money.

In 2008 they appeared on air with Martha Stewart, won the Gold Sofi (Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation) Award for Outstanding Chocolate (the youngest ever to win) and the toffee was selected for Oprah’s gift list on


In June of this year, the two graduated from La Quinta High School, on their way to business school. Details:

Clemmy’s Sugar Free Ice Cream – Rancho Mirage  

Jon Gordon, a self-proclaimed “ice cream addict” who was facing type 2 diabetes unless he gave up sugar, developed the recipe for his product using his home ice cream maker to create four flavors: vanilla bean, chocolate, coffee and toasted almond.

Later, he added Chocolate Mint Swirl. His first order came from Jensen’s Finest Foods. Now the ice cream is being sold in 19 states and in 1,500 stores across the country, and Gordon is expecting it to be in 24 states and 3,000 stores this month. He has added two more flavors to his roster: butter pecan and chocolate chip.

“We’re doing extraordinarily well in this economy and we’re growing,” he said.


Baumann’s Famous Swiss Dressing – Palm Desert

Ralph Baumann goes through 20 gallons of Baumann’s Famous Swiss Dressing every week in season at the Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert. He can make that amount in about 40 minutes, but then he also has to produce the dressing for sale both at the club and at Jensen’s markets. That amounts to about 15 cases of 12 bottles apiece every two weeks.

The dressing actually originated at the Swiss Chalet restaurant in Tahoe, the restaurant his father built in 1956.

When Ralph began making it for the country club, the members started asking to buy it to take home. When Adam Zack of Jensen’s tasted it, he helped Baumann start bottling it.


Caesar’s Favorite – Rancho Mirage         

“Denise Williams was 16 when she started making her Caesar salad dressing, giving it to friends as presents or taking it to parties. People told her she ought to market it, but it took her nearly three decades to reach that point.

“Three years ago, Williams found a scientist to help her maintain the integrity of flavor and the healthiness of the ingredients, while making it ready for retail.

Today, Caesar’s Favorite is on shelves at Jensen’s Finest Foods across the valley.


Love at First Bite Savory Shortbread – Palm Springs 

Paul Heitter, the executive chef and proprietor of Café Chocolat in Palm Springs, has been making his savory shortbread for five years, but only for his catering clients. Then, this summer, he started producing three flavors: Kalamata olive, rosemary and parmesan; Manchego cheese, orange zest and pine nut; and red pepper with probably Gruyere cheese (he’s still toying with that one). The shortbread/crackers are selling nicely at Café Chocolat, and he’s looking to extend his reach this season.

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Best of the Valley– SHOPPING!

Monday, April 19th, 2010
Best Children’s Clothing

Target1. Target, valleywide. There’s an all-season, all-occasion selection that’s spot on for kids of every age. Have fun selecting from bright-and-right active wear including graphic tees and cool jeans, embellished tanks and Sunday-best dress-ups with all the accessories that go. 67750 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City (760) 321-7425; 72549 Hwy 111, Palm Desert (760) 341-9307; 78935 Hwy 111, La Quinta (760) 564-0492;

2. Old Navy, Palm Desert

3. GapKids, Palm Desert

Best of the Rest: College of the Desert Street Fair, Palm Desert; Blonde at the River, Rancho Mirage; Gymboree, Palm Desert; Epidemic, Cathedral City; Wal-Mart, valleywide

Best Jewelry Store

Leeds & Son1. Leeds & Son, Palm Desert. This rare jewel in the desert crown has been a shopping tradition for decades. Fine jewelry creations and timepieces, including one-of-a-kinds and custom designs, are displayed in magnificent showrooms. Expert repair services are offered, too. 73-670 El Paseo, Palm Desert (760) 568-5266;

2. DeLuca Jewelers, Palm Desert

3. Hephaestus, Palm Springs

Best of the Rest: Robann’s Jewelers, Rancho Mirage; Frasca Jewelers, Palm Desert; El Paseo Jewelry Exchange, Palm Desert; Jay’s Jewelers, Indian Wells; Definitions, Rancho Mirage; Crystal Fantasyl, Palm Springs; Kay Jewelers, Palm Desert

Best Pet Store

PetSmart1. PetSmart, valleywide. It’s all under one roof! Peruse aisles and aisles of the best in cuisine, grooming, lodging and play products to please the most discerning pets. Grooming, adoption, doggie day camp, boarding, training, Banfield vet services just begin to tell the story of all the in-store services available to you and yours. 5601 Ramon Rd. E, Palm Springs (760) 325-9711; 34900 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert (760) 324-3059; 79375 Hwy 111, La Quinta (760) 771-4058;

2. Cold Nose Warm Heart, Palm Springs

3. PETCO, valleywide

Best of the Rest: Bones-N-Scones, valleywide; Smoke Tree Pets, Palm Springs; Ambrosia Pet Deli, Palm Desert; Pet Luv, Palm Springs; Paws & Reflect, La Quinta; Premier Pets, Palm Desert; Aquarium Odyssey, Palm Desert

Best Thrift Store

Revivals1. Revivals Resale Mart, valleywide. Revive your lifestyle with something fun and fabulous from collections of gently used fashions, furnishings and objects d’art. Each donation, consignment or purchase benefits the Desert AIDS Project. 611 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 318-6491; 73608 Hwy 111, Palm Desert (760) 346-8690; and two in Cathedral City: 68100 Ramon Rd. (760) 328-1330 and 68401 Hwy 111 (760) 969-5747.

2. Angel View Thrift Marts, valleywide

3. St. Margaret’s Cellar Door, Rancho Mirage

Best of the Rest: City of Hope, Cathedral City; Goodwill, valleywide; Southwest Community Church Thrift Shops, valleywide; American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, Rancho Mirage; Collectors Corner, Rancho Mirage; Leather Plus, Indio; Oasis Thrift Store, Indio

Best Toy Store

Target1. Target, valleywide. If they saw it on TV, they are bound to see it in the jam-packed toy department at your local Target. Action figures, dolls from Barbie to Bratz, board games, race cars, models, fluffy animals, musical instruments… even hobbyist essentials are ready to be plucked from the shelves. It’s all the cool stuff at parent-approved prices. 67750 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City (760) 321-7425; 72549 Hwy 111, Palm Desert (760) 341-9307; 78935 Hwy 111, La Quinta (760) 564-0492;

2. Toys ‘R Us, Palm Desert

3. Partylab, Palm Springs

Best of the Rest: Mr. G’s For Kids, Palm Desert; Uncle Don’s Hobbies & Supplies, Palm Desert; Wal-Mart, valleywide; Hobbytown USA, Palm Desert; Museum Store, Children’s Discovery Museum, Rancho Mirage

Best Women’s Shoe Store

DSW Shoe  Warehouse1. DSW SHOE WAREHOUSE, valleywide. What suits your stride? Gals and guys are sure to find it among the latest, the fun, the frivolous and the sensible at the store with a lot of sole… miles of styles to be exact. Strappy slides, heels, pumps, mules, boots, loafers, sneakers and sandals by all famous designers, on-trend and in your size. Suite D, 72-399 Hwy 111, Palm Desert (760) 340-3217; 79-150 Hwy 111 #102, La Quinta (760) 564-4702;

2. E & J’s Designer Shoe Outlet, Palm Desert

3. Macy’s, Palm Desert

Best of the Rest: Snookies Footsies , Palm Desert; Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Desert; Marshalls, Palm Desert; Robert’s Fine Shoes, Palm Desert; Shoe La La, Palm Springs; Famous Footwear, Palm Desert; Rangoni Shoe Store, Palm Desert


Best Chocolate Shop

Brandini Toffee1. Brandini Toffee, Rancho Mirage. This three-year old company, with its chocolate-topped toffee, has earned the blessings of no less than Oprah and Martha Stewart. And that’s in addition to a fan club of sweet lovers with international addresses who order tins via mail. Not bad for the founders of the business, a pair of La Quinta teenagers attending their first year of college. They are both business majors, of course. 42-560 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage (760) 200-1598;

2. See’s Candies, valleywide

3. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Rancho Mirage

Best of the Rest: Cafe Chocolat of Palm Springs, Palm Springs; Lea’s Chocolate Shop, Palm Springs; Palm Springs Fudge & Chocolates, Palm Springs; Trader Joe’s, valleywide; Palm Springs Candy Company, Palm Springs; Bristol Farms, Palm Desert

Best Grocery Chain

Trader Joe's1. Trader Joe’s, valleywide. These mini-supermarkets have it all: a laid-back island theme, a focus on natural and healthy foods, a tidy array of prepared food for easy takeout lunches or dinners, and daily, freshly prepared free samples. 67720 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City (760) 202-0090; 44250 Town Center Way, Palm Desert (760) 340-2291; 46400 Washington St., La Quinta (760) 777-1553;

2. Stater Bros., valleywide

3. Jensen’s Finest Foods, valleywide

Best of the Rest: Ralphs, valleywide; Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, valleywide; Albertsons, valleywide; WinCo Foods, Indio; Costco, valleywide; Vons, valleywide; Bristol Farms, Palm Desert

Best Kitchen Shop

Kitchen Kitchen1. Kitchen Kitchen Inc., Indian Wells. You’ll find everything you need to stock a kitchen here, plus dozens of tempting fun do-dads you might use once in a blue moon. Ebullient owner Jan Boydstun is another reason to drop by. 74-921 Hwy 111, Indian Wells (760) 773-9464;

2. The Upper Crust, Palm Desert

3. Jennifer’s Kitchen & Catering, Rancho Mirage

Best of the Rest: Bed, Bath & Beyond, valleywide; Williams-Sonoma, Palm Desert; The Alley, valleywide; Target, valleywide;

Best Specialty Food Store

Trader Joe's1. Trader Joe’s, valleywide. Crusty bread, exotic cheeses and a wine selection that’s hard to beat, pricewise. All this, plus there’s a range of tempting fresh, bottled, canned and packaged foods that will impress your guests. Simply yum. 67720 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City (760) 202-0090; 44250 Town Center Way, Palm Desert (760) 340-2291; 46400 Washington St., La Quinta (760) 777-1553;

2. Bristol Farms, Palm Desert

3. Jensen’s Finest Foods, valleywide

Best of the Rest: The Upper Crust, Palm Desert; Jennifer’s Kitchen & Catering, Rancho Mirage; Clark’s Nutritional Center, Rancho Mirage; Henry’s, La Quinta; Bouchee Fine Foods, valleywide; La Quinta Henry’s Farmers Market, La Quinta; Nature’s Rx Natural Health Food Market, Palm Springs

Best Wine Shop

Old Town Wine Cellar1. Old Town Wine Cellar, La Quinta. While the heavy favorites in stock here are from California, you’ll find a variety of imports, plus a delightful bar where you can sample them with modest-priced plates of food that compliment wine. Or you can quaff a beer or enjoy a cigar.

2. Trader Joe’s, valleywide

3. BevMo, La Quinta

Best of the Rest: Dan’s Wine Shop, Palm Desert; P.S. Wine, Palm Springs; Tulip Hill Winery, Rancho Mirage; Los Angeles Wine Co., Palm Desert; Costco, valleywide; Jensen’s Finest Foods, valleywide; Desert Wines & Spirits, Palm Springs


Best Art Gallery

R E  Welch Gallery1. R E Welch Art Gallery, Palm Desert. Acclaimed and sophisticated art collections are exhibited in an impeccable gallery atmosphere. Your senses will be heightened, your emotions touched and your thoughts and imagination stimulated by the magnificent oils, pastels, watercolors and graceful sculpture crafted by world-renowned artists. Come in and enjoy the view. 73-680 El Paseo, Palm Desert (760) 341-8141;

2. Images By Gideon Fine Art Gallery, Palm Springs

3. Imago Galleries, Palm Desert

Best of the Rest:Dezart One Gallery, Palm Springs; D & R Photography and Art Gallery, Cathedral City; Coda Gallery, Palm Desert; Art by Peter (aka Konstantine Collection), Palm Springs; Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert; M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs; Red Dot Gallery, Palm Springs

Best Florist

J  Ballow Signature Florist1. J Ballow Signature Florist, Cathedral City. Service with style and a smile at the signature florist that proudly places their personal signature on every beautiful arrangement created and delivered — always fresh-picked and beyond expectation. You may want to come by the shop instead of calling in your order to experience the beauty and fragrance of the gorgeous floral displays. Suggestions are gladly given when you need to say it best at this family owned and operated shop. 69-038 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City (760) 568-6929;

2. Angels Crossing, Indian Wells

3. Jensen’s Finest Foods, valleywide

Best of the Rest: Bugalow Rose Florist, Palm Springs; Madison Workshop West, Palm Desert; Palm Springs Florist, Palm Springs; Rancho Mirage Florist, Rancho Mirage; Lily of the Valley Floral, La Quinta; Indio Florist, Indio; Bristol Farms, Palm Desert

Best Furniture Store

Mathis Brothers1. Mathis Brothers Furniture, Indio. Shopping becomes exploring as you stroll the superlative galleries of furnishings, home theater components, mattresses, area rugs and fashion accessories by all the top makers. From basic to import unique, the buying team has gathered together a phenomenal selection to complement any decor. Whether you are in the market for a leather recliner, a bedroom suite with East Indian flair, or a widescreen HDTV, the friendly staff will guide you to the right buy. 81410 Hwy 111, Indio (760) 863-3500;

2. Estate Sale Co., Palm Springs

3. Ashley Furniture, Palm Desert

Best of the Rest: Plummer’s, Rancho Mirage; Egg & Dart, Palm Desert; Pottery Barn, Palm Desert; Legacy Home Furnishings, Rancho Mirage; Erik’s Furniture, Rancho Mirage; Marc Russell Interiors, Palm Springs; Charles Townsend Collection, Rancho Mirage

Best Home Accessory Store

Upper Crust1. The Upper Crust, Palm Desert. Foodies and budding chefs alike will tell you this truly is “the fun place to shop.” You’ll find a fully stocked, one-stop shop of culinary tools, small kitchen appliances, tabletop accoutrements, decorative kitchen touches and gourmet goodies. Services include personal shoppers and a gift and bridal registry. Even if you don’t know the difference between a whisk and a wok, the knowledgeable staff will help you add the right ingredients. 73-540 El Paseo, Suite C, Palm Desert (760) 568-1998;

2. Home Goods, Bermuda Dunes

3. Bed Bath & Beyond, valleywide

Best of the Rest: The Alley, valleywide; Target, valleywide; Cost Plus World Market, Palm Springs; Pottery Barn, Palm Desert; Tchotchkes, Palm Springs; Between the Sheets, Palm Desert; Kirkland’s, La Quinta

Best Nursery

Moller's Garden Center1. Moller’s Garden Center, Palm Desert. Framed by a picturesque setting, the nursery offers a thriving selection of native desert plants, cactus, succulents, specimen trees and more. For over 50 years, this family-owned garden center has been beautifying properties all over the desert. Planning a major project? They will be happy to locate, educate and deliver. The flower shop is a delightful mix of eclectic gift ideas, artisan furnishings and accessories along with top-rated gardening products. 72-235 Painters Path, Palm Desert; nursery (760) 346-0545; flower shop (760) 346-9415;

2. Aunt Effie’s Gardens, Palm Springs

3. Vintage Nursery, Bermuda Dunes

Best of the Rest: Bob Williams Nursery, Indio; Home Depot, valleywide; Lowe’s, valleywide; The Living Desert Nursery, Palm Desert; Garden Center Nursery & Florist, Desert Hot Springs; La Hacienda Nursery, Indio; Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs

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