When Lori Shannon first announced her intent to run a marathon, people responded with more than a hint of incredulity. Lori had no experience and, at 5’3” and a size 16, she didn’t cut the form of a typical distance runner. Even so, she set to work and completed the 1993 New York City Marathon, proving to herself that with the proper training and dedication, she need not live life as a spectator. Since crossing that first finish line, Lori has never looked back; she has since run multiple marathons, competed in triathlons, and ridden her bike cross-country.
Seven years later, Lori founded See Jane Run in San Francisco, hoping to empower women to test their limitations and bolster their own fitness and self-confidence. The female-operated fitness company has since grown to encompass four West Coast locations that sell women’s running gear, including shoes, sports bras, and aerodynamic shower caps. At its four retail locations, like-minded runners come together with free weekly run clubs, giving them a group setting in which to train to meet their own individual goals or prepare for one of See Jane Run’s half marathons or 5Ks.
The selection of rustic knickknacks and furniture at My Backyard by Tassajara Nursery gives homes and gardens an off-the-beaten-path look. The shop—a sister store of Tassajara Nursery—lines its shelves with a countrified hodgepodge of items, including one-of-a-kind birdhouses, fountains in a range of sizes, and impressive pottery pieces. Assorted lanterns and wreaths imbue gardens with pastoral warmth, and hand-painted dressers and imported Peruvian furniture bring country comforts indoors. Friendly staff members greet visitors with a helpful hand and an eye for decorating that has been passed down from an ancient Cyclops clan of interior designers.
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.
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.
Equipment: TRX, Rogue Cage, Kettlebells, Cardio and Weight Machines, Free Weights
Students should bring: Water, towel and good attitude.
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Danville Fit is your neighborhood gym. Best personal trainers and friendliest staff in town.