For Tami Gregory, hair is all about personality. Through her expertise in hair design, highlights, perms, and colors, she draws out each client's unique and fashionable identity. To further define that je ne sais quoi, she also executes waxing and ear piercing with pizazz.
Dream Dinners founders Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna want to help families gather around the table for delicious meals. Like many parents throughout the country, the two women tried to coordinate a family dinner, but their efforts were often thwarted by hectic schedules. As a dinnertime strategy, Stephanie began to prepare meals with fresh, raw ingredients and then freeze them so they could be quickly thawed and cooked during the week. This tactic became popular with her family. Before long, friends, friends of friends, and chimpanzee families that mimicked their friends wanted to learn her secrets. With help from Tina Kuna, she established the first Dream Dinners location, and the successful food-prep business has led to the creation of more than 90 stores in less than three years.
At each Dream Dinners location, customers find all the culinary tools to prepare a nutritious meal—everything from fresh ingredients to meal-packing materials. Each week Dream Dinners features a new menu of fix-and-freeze dinners that can be made for up to six people, providing customers with numerous options for planning quiet meals at home or dinner parties with friends. All ingredients are precut and measured to ensure an error-free fixing.
The piney scents of douglas firs, white firs, and scotch pines waft through the grounds of Summit Christmas Tree Farm, an 80-acre farm located just east of Highway 17. After finding a tree of the right size and height, customers take part in a time-honored holiday tradition: chopping it down with tools provided by the farm. All that chopping can work up an appetite, which is why the Cub Scouts operate an onsite snack shack.
Almaden Valley Aesthetics’ medical director, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Agheg M. Yenikomshian, leads a team of medical aestheticians and registered nurses that never perform exactly the same a procedure twice. The professional staff specializes in procedures including skin tightening, fraxels, photofacials, and cellulite reduction. Those looking to minimize the appearance of wrinkles may also enlist their expertise in administering facial fillers, collagen builders, and Dysport or Botox injections. In addition to its catalogue of medical services, the team also tailors non-invasive beautifying services to each client’s specific needs, whether they are minimizing stubble through laser hair removal or rejuvenating faces with various peels. Microdermabrasion treatments buff away dead skin while spa-style facials can hydrate skin, infuse pores with Vitamin C, or address common teen skin imperfections such as acne and drivers-ed notes jotted on the forehead.
Brain food is a horrible misnomer, actually referring to various cerebellum-based jellybeans. The mind benefits much more from tapioca-infused beverages like those available with today’s Groupon. For $4, you get $8 worth of drinks and snacks at the SJSU Fusion Cafe, located across from San Jose State University.
Produce Spot specializes in fresh fruits and vegetables grown on local farms. The hearty sustenance shack boasts a huge variety of organic vegetables and fruits including juicy gala apples, adorable baby bok choy, and pleasantly plump avocados ($1.45–$5.99/lb.). Conventional fruits and veggies such as grapefruits and artichokes provide all the ingredients for a perfect grapefruit-and-artichoke salad ($0.55–$1.99/lb.). Water your lactose tree with a fine selection of conventional and organic dairy products ($0.99–$6.75). Melt-in-your-mouth sweet breads and croissants are consistently worthy morning treats, fueling an entire day's worth of procrastination ($3.25–$3.85). Ready-made salad and sautéed veggie dishes are also available for busy chefs and imposter restaurateurs.