Fariba Sasson isn't just a painter. She's also a floral designer, a jewelry maker, and a clay sculptor. For the multidisciplinary artist and owner of Clay Bundles, mixing media is what it's all about. This approach helps her and other artists discover designs they might not otherwise have created, such as clay art adhered to an acrylic painting or a 3D bust of one's landlord springing from a glass window. She and her instructors teach this approach during hands-on classes that include mosaics, canvas paintings, and clay projects inside picture frames. They also host parties and family art nights where participants can unearth their artistic skills in a supportive environment.
When Lori Shannon first announced her intent to run a marathon, people responded with more than a hint of incredulity. Lori had no experience and, at 5’3” and a size 16, she didn’t cut the form of a typical distance runner. Even so, she set to work and completed the 1993 New York City Marathon, proving to herself that with the proper training and dedication, she need not live life as a spectator. Since crossing that first finish line, Lori has never looked back; she has since run multiple marathons, competed in triathlons, and ridden her bike cross-country.
Seven years later, Lori founded See Jane Run in San Francisco, hoping to empower women to test their limitations and bolster their own fitness and self-confidence. The female-operated fitness company has since grown to encompass four West Coast locations that sell women’s running gear, including shoes, sports bras, and aerodynamic shower caps. At its four retail locations, like-minded runners come together with free weekly run clubs, giving them a group setting in which to train to meet their own individual goals or prepare for one of See Jane Run’s half marathons or 5Ks.
In 2005, DanvilleExpress.com profiled Matt Akabane, whose family has run Tassajara Nursery for more than 30 years. At the time, he was preparing to appear on HGTV's Landscape Smart. On the show, he helped revitalize a dull patio with the flora of a French garden, a wine-barrel fountain, and a flagstone patio.
This creative approach to landscaping shines through at the family’s nursery, where a wide range of shrubs, trees, and tropical plants all jostle for attention, their leaves making a hushing sound in gentle breezes. Organic fertilizers keep grasses lush, and bonsai specialists can help clients select a new, tiny tree from several species available. They also give tips on how to trim the plant and encourage cookie-baking elves to colonize it.
The selection of rustic knickknacks and furniture at My Backyard by Tassajara Nursery gives homes and gardens an off-the-beaten-path look. The shop—a sister store of Tassajara Nursery—lines its shelves with a countrified hodgepodge of items, including one-of-a-kind birdhouses, fountains in a range of sizes, and impressive pottery pieces. Assorted lanterns and wreaths imbue gardens with pastoral warmth, and hand-painted dressers and imported Peruvian furniture bring country comforts indoors. Friendly staff members greet visitors with a helpful hand and an eye for decorating that has been passed down from an ancient Cyclops clan of interior designers.
Welcome to the East Bay’s Premier Wine shop and Lounge. We offer over 400 wines for purchase in the specialty retail shop and 35+ wines by the glass, taste or bottle in our wine lounge. We pride ourselves on service, and our knowledgeable staff.
Geoffrey Scott boasts 4,000 square feet of fashion-forward women's apparel, jewelry and accessories, outerwear, eveningwear, and look-stunning-mowing-the-lawn-wear for $8 and up, with many fashions under $100. Various designer labels such as Nanette Lepore, Diane von Furstenberg, and Lucky brand—as well as jewelry from must-have Alexis Bittar and Geoffrey Scott collections—patiently wait on racks and shelves to be chosen in a clothes draft. Bundle up in a double-breasted tweed coat ($98) over a flirtatiously draped dress ($69), or strut the streets in a pair of inscribed shiny leggings ($49) while flashing a stone-studded triple-pyramid ring ($40), the female answer to a Super Bowl Ring.