If you didn't know any better, it would be easy to assume that The School of Shred is a place to learn guitar, or at least a place to practice the art of destroying important documents. Instead, the school teaches its students how to shred through waves, shred across pavement, and shred down mountainsides. It's a fitting business name for owner Corey Oswald, who has seemingly spent more of his life moving on some kind of board than on his own two feet. Corey has more than 20 years of experience surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. But today, and for nearly a decade now, he helps others get their shred on by offering group and private lessons in all three sports.
The ring of international flags that circles Allen & Sons Table Tennis Club is more than just a decoration. It's a testament to the sport's global popularity and the club's international coaching staff. A highly decorated roster of coaches conducts lessons at the club, led by Fovad Kaseb, former coach of Iran’s national table-tennis team, and Bella Livshin, a US Open and US Nationals champion who has been coaching since 1968. The instructors lead beginners and experienced players through drills on eight Butterfly Centerfold tables, each approved by the International Table Tennis Federation for tournament play. Players enjoy the air-conditioned space with an olympic-style floor designed for table tennis as they work up sweats rallying with opponents or practicing volleys with the Newgy robot—a system that serves balls across the table to the player, catches them in a net upon return, and can never feel emotion. Allen & Sons also offers a live video feed of their club.
Just before Halloween, Theatricum BOO-tanicum stocks its wooded grounds in the heart of Topanga Canyon with ghosties friendly to all ages. Throughout the evening, spooky guides weave stories about things that go bump or hiss in the night while teaching the basics of carving pumpkins and how to avoid accidentally granting them consciousness. Costumed thespians, many of whom can be seen on stage in less ghastly roles during the Theatricum Botanicum's regular season, staff a haunted house and game booths, and live musicians including Tommy Santee Klaws, Peter Alsop, and the Matt Van Winkle Band perform ghoulish hits. Guests can attempt to outscare the pros at a costume contest, and for an additional $10, help themselves to a portion of chicken and waffles from Bon Mélange Catering.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
There's no assembly line of available personal trainers at Topanga Training & Fitness. Instead, trainers are matched with clients based on their areas of expertise, as well as the clients' medical needs and goals. It's a system that speaks to the family-owned gym's passion for personalized fitness—the same dedication that comes through during private Pilates sessions and boot-camp drills. Specialty programs also accommodate guests who are older than 50 and women who are pregnant. Regardless of their current pupils, however, the certified trainers all incorporate nutritional advice and progressive exercise adjustments into their routines, helping guests to achieve wellness milestones in a nonjudgmental setting.
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