Welcome to the East Bay’s Premier Wine shop and Lounge. We offer over 400 wines for purchase in the specialty retail shop and 35+ wines by the glass, taste or bottle in our wine lounge. We pride ourselves on service, and our knowledgeable staff.
The staffers at Hard Candy Cases amass protective gear for iPhones, cell phones, iPods, tablets, and MacBooks, ensuring that each item meets high standards for engineering and style. MacWorld and the New York Times have both acknowledged the company’s sleek, functional iPad cases, with the latter recommending Hard Candy Cases’ bubble-sleeve products for their chic minimalism. Form-fitting iPad 2 street skins protect vulnerable screens with a magnetic, integrated enclosure, whereas chic, enameled styluses—compatible with pads, phones, and pods—flip to reveal a secondary ink pen for signing business documents or U.N. peace treaties. The original designs, constructed by top-notch engineers, spring from analytical research, and laser model scanners ensure the quality of all the fashion-savvy accessories.
At first glance, Danville International Market looks like a typical American corner store. There’s a small produce section in the corner with fresh fruit, loaves of bread on the shelves, and a station for tea and coffee. However, a closer look reveals the International side of its inventory. In addition to racks that hoist rice and spices from around the globe, the deli counter serves up Mediterranean favorites such as split pea stew, baba ghannouj, and kabobs. They also offer international pastries, including baklava and Persian cookies.
Every morning, florist Susan Crane rises before the sun and steals away to her home garden, sprinkling her plants with water as she revels in being outdoors. By 6 a.m., she’s on her way to a premier flower mart, where she handpicks blossoms to bring to her Bloom Artistry studio. There, Crane meets with clients, from betrothed couples to office managers, to devise handheld bouquets, centerpieces, and color-coordinated vases to suit a wide variety of occasions, living spaces, and personal styles. Wedding bouquets wrapped in ribbons and accented with pearls coordinate with grooms’ boutonnieres as well as with current trends, which Crane continuously studies at Southern California School of Floral Design and by sneaking peaks at roses' fashion magazines.
In 2005, DanvilleExpress.com profiled Matt Akabane, whose family has run Tassajara Nursery for more than 30 years. At the time, he was preparing to appear on HGTV's Landscape Smart. On the show, he helped revitalize a dull patio with the flora of a French garden, a wine-barrel fountain, and a flagstone patio.
This creative approach to landscaping shines through at the family’s nursery, where a wide range of shrubs, trees, and tropical plants all jostle for attention, their leaves making a hushing sound in gentle breezes. Organic fertilizers keep grasses lush, and bonsai specialists can help clients select a new, tiny tree from several species available. They also give tips on how to trim the plant and encourage cookie-baking elves to colonize it.
Inside the Douglaston School of Music and Art, certified yoga instructor, Daniela Crocchiola, uses her years of experience and extensive training to guide students through hot vinyasa yoga and ballet bar classes. Brought to her mother's yoga classes as a young cobra, Crocchiola learned the benefits of regular stretch sessions at an early age and credits the practice for helping her grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. While working in Manhattan in fashion and cosmetic marketing, Crocchiola studied a variety of yoga styles, such as Bikram, ashtanga, and kundalini, and obtained 200 hour yoga teaching certifications recognized by the Yoga Alliance and by loyal downward facing dogs everywhere. In addition to being a certified yoga instructor, Crocchiola's skills equip her to lead Pilates and ballet bar workouts.