The instructors at Waterworks Aquatics believe anyone can learn to swim, no matter their age. This belief drives each instructor-led session, accommodating everyone from babies as young as 3 months old who are just getting acquainted with the water, to older children learning more advanced strokes and adults learning to swim for the first time. The instructors focus on teaching stroke techniques that utilize muscle memory and rhythms that are easy to grasp, while cultivating a fun, relaxed environment to help reduce students' anxiety. They lead private, semi-private, group, and Parent and Me lessons, all of which move at the pace of the swimmers' abilities. Beyond bestowing swimmers with efficient form, the lessons also help them stay safe in the water by teaching them how to control their breathing, reduce unnecessary movement, and stay completely still in the presence of pool krakens to avoid begin seen.
Working with local artists, the home decor experts at Skylar's Home & Patio have assembled hundreds of unique furniture pieces and accessories made in the U.S. to fit many interior and exterior home-decor styles. The showroom displays sectionals and a variety of styles that include vintage-like and shabby-chic pieces for the dining room, living room, or bedroom, as well as ultrasleek stands for plasma TVs. Resin-wicker and cast-aluminum patio furniture dominate the outdoor-furniture selection, which includes fire pits that warm up backyard gatherings or make a fine replacement for temperamental office shredders.
The certified massage therapists at Healing Touch Reflexology draw from Eastern and Western modalities to ease muscle tension and detoxify bodies. To target specific concerns, therapists tailor treatments by consulting with clients before each massage. Reflexology, their signature service, stimulates energy meridians on the feet to mimic acupuncture's healing effect on organ function, preventing the liver from accidentally producing saltwater taffy. Massages take place in candlelit treatment rooms that soothe with water fountains, soft music, and aromatherapy.
GardenShop owner John Harmeier brings passion and potted pageantry to soils with his vast collections of succulents, herbs, and locally sourced plants. Sprinkle sprite showers of fresh cilantro, basil, or rosemary ($3–$7) in home-cooked creations, or try your luck cultivating tomatoes ($3–$7) large enough to throw at Paul Bunyan on karaoke night. Gardens glean nourishment with vitamin-rich meals of Dr. Earth organic plant food ($8–$12), and abodes hone natural instincts with GardenShop's selection of indoor greenery, oft-stuffed into a variety of pots ($6–$15) dressed in bright colors or crafted from clean wood ($6–$15). The green-thumbed can tend to flowery broods of locally grown plumerias ($8–$35) with sets of sparkly garden tools ($6–$32) or cater to avian acquaintances with al fresco cafes ($6–$40).
Oceanside Glasstile’s glass and mosaic artisans handcraft tiles from 95% recycled-bottle glass, reusing more than two million pounds of recycled-bottle glass annually. XS Studio carries Oceanside items that have been discounted due to overstock, style discontinuation, or allergies to large currency denominations. Patrons can line backsplashes with the heat- and scratch-resistant Wavelength mosaic cocoa blend tiles ($9.99/1.02 sq. ft. sheet) or the Facets mosaic aqua blend tiles ($17.99/0.96 sq. ft. sheet) to lend color to kitchen walls. Alternatively, cover floors with Avani stone moresco tiles ($7.99/sq. ft.), or surround a sleeping friend with Sinu 4"x6" ceramic leaf tiles ($3.99/piece) to trick them into thinking they’ve awoken in a glossy, motionless forest.