Healthy & Beauty in Alum Rock

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As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

1140 Lincoln Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

Halloween Bootique’s shelves brim with thousands of fiendish, sexy, and imaginative costumes and adornments to fit all body sizes. Every fall, the Halloween outfitter opens its six locations across California, including one featured by the Orange County Register. At each store, adults and kids can choose their perfect look from a massive selection of zombie and queen costumes, ghoulish masks, props, and pages from Dracula’s summer-camp diary. Decorations such as skeletons, bats, and stuffed ghosts also induce chills as they wait to be taken home, where they add an eerie atmosphere to any party or trick-or-treat destination.

925 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose,
CA
US

Liz has been a licensed aesthetician for six years and a licensed massage therapist for two. In that time she's covered the spectrum of skincare, working as an acne specialist as well as gaining certificates in both face and body treatments. Her experiences come to a head at Beauty and Bliss, where she tends to skin and spirits with a full slate of spa services. Her facials include medleys of serums, steam, and moisturizers to combat signs of aging, such as wrinkles and dinosaur scratches, and she puts her massage expertise to use with full-body Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal services.

443 South 17th Street
San Jose,
CA
US

Ultra Fragrance not only stocks a staggering array of perfumes, skincare products, and makeup lines, its staff members help navigate the selection with a slew of online suggestions. A trend-tracking blog points out the scents and unguents recommended by magazines like InStyle and Cosmopolitan. Makeup gurus even share reviews and how-to-wear tips for specific products. With Ultra Fragrance's database of fashion analysis, customers can browse products from brands like Gucci, Donna Karan, and Dermalogica with confidence.

1580 Oakland Rd
San Jose,
CA
US

Inside Santo Market, Japanese, Chinese, and Hawaiian foods line the shelves, tended to by staffers who can offer up culinary input in English, Chinese, or Spanish. A San Jose staple since 1946, the full service grocery specializes in Asian cuisine. They also serve deli meat and pre-made dishes including homemade Japanese pickles, seafood croissants, and beef teriyaki sandwiches, which guests can enjoy alongside cups of hot coffee and espresso.

245 E Taylor St
San Jose,
CA
US

Dr. Quli Zhou estimates that she's treated more than 10,000 patients with her acupuncture and herbal skills; she's also been a professor of Chinese medicine for more than 25 years. To meet the needs of her current patients, she's even developed her own techniques. Dr. Zhou specializes in addressing pain, digestion, depression, infertility, and women's hormonal imbalances, though her list of services tackles many body-wide health issues.

1066 Saratoga Ave, Ste 100
San Jose,
CA
US