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When Kit Morse took a sewing class in high school, she was certain never would again?she hated everything about sewing, especially the sewing part. But when her near-and-dear baby blanket needed mending, Morse took up a needle and thread. When she started making something beautiful to be proud of, she saw the art form in a whole new light, and fell in love with the hobby's meditative nature.

Morse opened Always Quilting & Sewing Center to create a sanctuary for people who shared a love of the craft?where they could take classes, share wisdom, and stock up on necessary tools. The vast inventory includes everything from batik fabrics to thimbles and even completed quilts.

4230 Olympic Ave.
San Mateo,
CA
US

Canvas on Demand, backed by celebrity spokesperson Ty Pennington, transfers photos onto gallery-ready canvases. Different display options allow clients to divide one photo over three panels or group a series of photo canvases in one of 12 wall configurations. A pixel-painting option digitally modifies images, lending them the swirling texture of traditional oil paintings.

1850 Gateway Blvd
San Mateo,
CA
US

Signature service: Drum lessons

Established: 1994

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 1 person

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Brands Used: Gretsch Drums, Roland Electronic Drums

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1200 S El Camino Real
San Mateo,
CA
US

For Books Inc., it's been a long road, and if you trace the lines back to its origins, it's California's oldest bookstore. After striking gold?literally?back in 1851, Anton Roman set up shop as a bookseller. Although the shop moved, was sold, burned down, changed hands again, and was rebuilt, the spirit remained intact, and today, multiple locations of the indie bookstore have sprouted up across The Golden State. Staff members keep the shelves lined with classic and contemporary tomes in all genres, and a myriad of book clubs help keep the love of literature alive. They also run a vibrant event program featuring author events and readings where patrons can enjoy an experience they can't download.

1375 Burlingame Ave
Burlingame,
CA
US

While earning a PhD in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University, Dr. Kovan began professionally editing résumés and cover letters on the side to help others achieve success. After graduation, she knew this was her true calling. When working with clients today, she brings her more than 18 years of writing and editing experience to each session, assisting her charges in securing new jobs and showing their best selves to prospective employers. She aims to instill greater self-confidence in each person. In addition to her résumé and cover-letter services, Dr. Kovan is the author of an inspirational poetry book, Alphabet Living.

1449 El Camino Real, Ste 3
Burlingame,
CA
US

At Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care, co-founding doctors William H. Brown and Zuzana Likar team up to tackle cosmetic woes and spin back the hands of time. Dr. Brown, who teaches other physicians his laser techniques, and Likar, a nurse practitioner who has treated more than 25,000 patients on two continents, draw on their extensive experience to create subtle changes that result in more natural, refreshed appearances.

After a free consultation with an experienced nurse to educate clients, specialists plump up faces with dermal fillers, freeze fat cells with CoolSculpting treatments, and collapse unwanted spider veins with sclerotherapy injections. They also wield a variety of lasers, using them to resurface faces, remove body hair, and stop underarm sweating, a procedure infinitely more effective than sewing handkerchiefs into the arm holes of every shirt.

151 Forest Ave.
Palo Alto,
CA
US