At a family gathering soon after Ben Shamoiel started college, his uncle suddenly turned to him and said, "You are going to become a chiropractor!" Though he wasn't entirely sure what a chiropractor was and had, in fact, been planning to study photography, Ben was intrigued. Eschewing the cameras, lenses, and tiny top hats that all photographers must wear, he sought out as much information on chiropractic as he could. The idea that healing can be attained without drugs or surgery resonated strongly with him, and soon, Ben knew he had found his calling.
After moving to Georgia to attend grad school and complete his residency, Dr. Ben—as he is affectionately known as by his patients—returned to Los Angeles to provide the community with gentle, thorough care. When he is not treating patients at his practice, Dr. Ben travels extensively to share his knowledge at health-and-wellness events and also pursues higher education, recently attaining his doctorate in chiropractic.
In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.
For all but a privileged few, driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini is just a dream—no more attainable than throwing a perfect game or going to space with your dog. This didn't sit well with the crew at Club Sportiva, which is why they decided to apply the timeshare concept to exotic cars. Now, club members and average joes can take the wheel of fine autos once reserved for celebrities and society’s elite.
Available for luxury rental or timeshare membership, Club Sportiva’s fleet includes some of the fastest and rarest cars on the planet, from the 562 horsepower of the Ferrari 458 Italia to the electric engine of the Tesla Model S. Members are also privy to even more exclusive wheels, such as the Noble M400, which can launch from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds thanks to 600 horsepower under its hood. Club Sportiva also hosts exotic-car tours, during which drivers can sample the speed of their favorite supercars, feel the rush of the road, and hear the whistle of the wind through their teeth.
Members of City Carshare, the company reports on its website, drive 50% less than individual car owners, annually saving more than 20 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is exactly what the local nonprofit had in mind in 2001 when they opened more than 200 Bay Area lots full of fuel-efficient, alternative-fuel, and electric cars and sleighs pulled by Virginia creeper. These vehicles are the linchpin in their two-fold social commitment to creating healthy urban spaces and strong communities.
The first part of that is relatively straightforward: fewer cars on the road mean less congestion and smog and reduced demand for parking lots that could be transformed into parks that grow into concrete jungles. The company defrays the high monetary costs of car ownership by providing insurance coverage, 24-hour roadside assistance, and all the fuel your vehicle needs to get on the road. To foster a sense of community, they hook members up with a private ride-sharing program and entice them to explore the city via their key fob, which unlocks perks at other local businesses. Their mission is backed by a global network of transportation visionaries in the international CarSharing Association, of which City Carshare is a founding member.
With their charter and instruction services, the experienced staff at Memley Aviation assists customers in traveling the skies and chasing their piloting dreams. Captain Alan Memley mans the cockpit of a pair of charter Eclipse 500 business jets, comfortably carrying up to four passengers at speeds of up to 425 mph. Weather updates, GPS navigation, and geese that have swallowed compasses also aid Alan in steering guests toward their destination in a timely, safe manner. If you crave your own opportunity to navigate the skies, Memley Aviation instructors dispenses their expertise at private pilot and instrument rating courses. At a pace tailored to their needs, lessons imbue students with piloting know-how as they earn airborne hours in a Cessna or Piper Cherokee.
The techs behind Scrub Boys Car Wash polish cars of all shapes and sizes—as well as boats and RVs—with a combination of automated machinery and elbow grease. Their car-wash packages render interiors squeaky clean and lavish shells with clear coat protectant and Rain-X. They take the purification process a step further with detailing services, which include clay-bar treatments to remove tiny contaminants and high-speed buffing to diminish oxidation and scratches. When techs aren't lathering jalopies, they’re restoring plastic headlights, which tend to oxidize over time, helping remove the discoloration that makes it difficult to drive at night or through a nature preserve littered with black panthers. Frequent visitors can join Scrub Boys’ Scrub Club, which equips members with gift cards and free washes on their birthday.