In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal?to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
The Smart Tan?certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
With decades of home repair and remodeling experience under their tool belts, A Bit of Help’s handymen travel throughout San Diego to tackle customers’ household maintenance dilemmas. Rather than tending to many clients all at once, A Bit of Help focuses on building long-term relationships with its small roster of customers. The business’s long list of services includes plumbing, flooring, carpentry, and electrical work. Handymen can install a brand-new sink in your bathroom, a new lighting fixture in your foyer, or a remote-controlled garage door on your walk-in closet. With a “by the job” pricing model, A Bit of Help asks that customers call ahead for a free estimate and assures that no job is too big or small.
Kitchen & Bath Design/Build helps San Diego residents to realize their home-design dreams with an array of remodeling and renovation services. Total bathroom overhauls ($8,000–$12,000 on average) and kitchen remodels ($25,000–$80,000 on average) include all labor, goods, and materials. After meeting for a complimentary in-home consultation, the customer and contractor will visit the showroom to peruse the examples on display, agree on the design and materials, and sketch out a budget before scheduling installations. Kitchen & Bath Design/Build purveys a spectrum of furnishing and fixture choices to fortify the room’s appeal, from cabinets ($6,000–$15,000) and countertops ($2,500–$10,000) to sinks ($250–$400) and spacious bathtubs ($700–$1,000). Plus it also offers environmentally friendly materials, which may additionally serve to beautify kitchens and bathrooms without un-beautifying the house’s earth home. Call ahead to schedule your in-home consultation.
“I can’t even color in the lines of a coloring book, so if someone’s telling me I can actually shape a surfboard, I guess right now it’s just a matter of proving it. I’m not really sure I can. We’ll see how it goes.” These were the words of a tool-averse student just before starting one of Shaper Studio’s board-shaping classes. But with the help of a professional shaper, she got the hang of using a crosscut hand saw, an electric paner, and the other necessary equipment for shaping her very own board.
It might seem like an impossible task, but the founders of Shaper Studios knew that if anyone would welcome the challenge of shaping their own boards, it would be the San Diego surf community. Here, on the shores of the Pacific, they’ve set up a public workshop space where surfers and SUPers can come by for private or group lessons on shaping and glassing their own boards. Those totally averse to shaping their own can leave it to one of the staff pros, but are still welcome to come to the artist stage to paint their own board design or just to see what a paintbrush looks like.
Since 1972, three generations of the Black family have built upon their patriarch’s passion for interior and exterior handiwork by expanding EJ's Home Improvements, Inc. Today, the business’s licensed, bonded, and insured staff makes a point of keeping homeowners in the loop from the beginning of a job to its end, be it remodeling a kitchen or installing plantation shutters. For the past 10 years, they also have outfitted homes with retractable screen doors, which slide open for a more upscale look than traditional swing-open doors and let air in so that homeowners can minimize both their air-conditioning bills and carbon footprints.