Spring heralds new growth in the Idyllwild business scene. Reopening at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, is the sustainable, native plant garden, Lily Rock Native Gardens, on North Circle Drive. Co-owner Bronwyn Jones expressed delight about the new portable solar panel that will power minimal electricity throughout the garden, allowing soft music to be played. She also emphasized the solar panel’s fit with the garden’s theme of non-invasive ecology and sustainability. The garden features both plants native to the mountain and gardening tips and lessons. Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
New in town is Into the Woods, a gift, novelty and clothing store just east of the Town Baker. The shop opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, with subsequent hours and days of operation Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Owner Jay Muñoz plans to market around a whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” theme, selling items and services that do not duplicate those of other town shops. Muñoz also is a tattoo artist and will offer those services once she obtains a county license to do so. In the meantime, she will create temporary tattoos using hypoallergenic body paint.
In answer to what is happening with construction and the deep hole in the front of Sky Island and Gary’s Deli, Sky employees verified that a vapor seal and necessary soil compaction were being created around the foundation, prior to installation of new sidewalks in the front. Robert Priefer, who is supervising work on the rear of the property, where a brew pub and restaurant are being built, said the work in the front was being done by contractors and that both the moisture seal and soil compaction were necessary to protect the building’s foundation and overall integrity. Although Priefer mentioned no cost figure, he indicated the repair expense was not minimal and that the building owner wanted both repair and new construction done to the highest standards.