SwimSpot brings high fashion poolside by amassing a collection of designer bikini and one-piece swimsuits by brands such as Athena, Guess, and Nautica. Each swimsuit and cover-up incorporates contemporary trends such as asymmetrical cuts or tropical colours to create stylish silhouettes, and a fit-specialist service provides body-shape searches and remote one-on-one discussions with experts to find a flattering suit for any shape. Lauded in the pages of People Style Watch, Lucky, and Seventeen, an online bikini builder enables the beach bound to build their own ensemble by mixing and matching tops and bottoms using a tool that yields more than 1,000 possible combinations. In addition to providing detailed descriptions and material breakdowns, each swimsuit offered in the online store is modeled in a video that offers a 360-degree view, allowing customers to get a better idea of what they’ll look like as they run into the surf or slowly back away from a sleeping bear.
The tech-savvy staff of family-owned media shop IF Digital transfers precious memories and valuable info stored on analog media to more durable, digitized formats that can easily be stored, saved, and shared. Customers can choose any one of the company’s conversion options, including 8mm and 16mm film transfers and a videotape-to-DVD service that preserves the quality and lifespan of precious home videos.
Not limited to moving pictures, techs round up loose family photos, slides, and negatives and herd them into JPEG format for easy storage on a disc, eliminating the need to strap a projector, portrait studio, or photography professor to your back each time you visit a friend’s house. The talented staffers also use pictures to whip up 10-minute DVD slideshows that make ideal communal eye fare for birthdays, anniversaries, and dinner parties.
Kids often have very short attention spans, quickly losing interest in their toys and trading them in for the next flavor of the moment. But Pleygo has found a way to keep up with their constantly changing demands. Founded by parents, the company rents out hundreds of trending LEGO sets, including collections that depict scenes from Batman, Harry Potter , and Star Wars. Through three levels of membership, parents simply queue up an online wish list of desired LEGO sets, and then kids wait for the first to arrive. All of the pieces?plus 10 spares, in case some get lost?come freshly sanitized in a mesh bag with a print-out of assembly instructions. Kids can exchange sets as often as they'd like, building an exciting new tower each week if they so desire, much like Donald Trump. And parents need not worry about racking up mailing charges, as shipping is included in the membership?each set arrives with a pre-paid return shipping label.
Since 1961, Bamboo Reef has been unlocking the depths of the ocean by training scuba adventurers, outfitting them with gear and repairing equipment on the fritz. Skilled instructors guide swimmers during diving classes that range from paddling in an 82-degree pool to advanced night navigation in the Pacific's dunk tank. Refresher and specialty courses continue students’ aquatic education after they’ve mastered the basics of gliding through the deep blue. Bamboo Reef also coordinates dives off the shores of Monterey, Carmel, and international coasts that count toward specialty, advanced, and master diver ratings as well as black belts in underwater kickboxing.
The water wizards also rent and sell gear from brands such as Aqua Lung and Mares. Professional technicians—who maintain more than $10,000 in parts inventory—stand at the ready to repair all major brands of scuba equipment.
Tri Sport Bicycles' experts of pedal-powered transportation have spent more than two decades tweaking and fine-tuning shabby two-wheelers before setting them free to conquer open terrain. Guests can browse the shop for tires and wheels lining the walls and metal racks displaying bikes by KHS, Huntington Beach, Redline, Diamondback, Torker, and Raleigh. In addition to road and BMX bikes, staffers stock family-friendly rides, including kids' bikes and cruisers for parental units. They also supply racks for customers who want to transport their bikes via car, truck, SUV, or domesticated shark.
Sacramento magazine helps locals stay in touch with current happenings while sharing all the fun cultural and social opportunities the region offers. Each monthly issue includes regular departments and new features, including recommendations for noteworthy restaurants, previews of community events, and updates on the theater, art, and teacup-collection scenes. The magazine also highlights other locally themed stories and picturesque travel destinations in the surrounding region and beyond. Subscribers get another added bonus: the magazine's digital edition, which can be accessed via computer, smartphone, and tablet.