At Nor Cal Fitness, NASM-certified personal trainer Todd Kosiewicz helps people get in shape by adhering to his academy's Optimum Performance Training model. The model, which preaches circuit training and controlled instability, helps exercisers avoid the types of workout plateaus that almost led to Arnold Schwarzenegger's being cast as the lead actor in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Kosiewicz employs the techniques during group- and personal-training sessions, the latter of which can take place at exercisers' homes.
A Victorian-style tearoom housed in a 1929 firehouse doesn't seem a likely place for an April Fool's prank. But since Linde Lane Tea Room owner Kristina Wiley throws a themed special event each month, she decided to treat her guests to a surprise meal. Visitors took a drink of pineapple champagne, only to find their flutes filled with Jell-O. More prank courses followed, such as strawberry-chocolate cupcakes that were really mashed potatoes and meat topped with truffle sauce. As the diners laughed at each course, a President Obama impersonator walked in, convincing a young attendee that she was actually shaking hands with the commander-in-chief.
Wiley prides herself on making every visit to Linde Lane Tea Room a memorable one, whether through novelty events like these or seating parties in the 8-foot teacup booth, which Wiley calls "a piece of art people can sit in." Appearing on TeaMap's top 100 U.S. tearooms across the United States and ranked fourth best in California, Linde Lane Team Room evokes Victorian opulence through custom-made chandeliers, richly patterned carpets, and a dark wood bar where more than 49 fair-trade teas rest in copper canisters. The staff can also custom-blend teas for patrons, using martini shakers to blend loose leaves with spices such as raspberries, chocolate chips, and honeysuckle. An in-house pastry chef and culinary chef prepare every dish, including Linde Lane's safeguarded scone recipe, which took more than one year and 12,000 chef hours to perfect.
It used to be an historic Dixon firehouse filled with burly men ready to extinguish raging fires. Today, it's an oasis of refinement thanks to Le Petite Salon and a neighboring tea room where pinkies float daintily above porcelain cups without fear of uninvited swearing. Inside the salon?which is dotted with vintage-inspired decor?distinguished wooden styling stations with large, ornate mirrors recall the sophistication of an old English estate. Amid these dignified furnishings, seasoned stylists prune and arrange tresses into flattering shapes and enhance facial features with makeup. While they get brides, prom dates, and birthday girls ready for their big events, a certified massage therapist kneads tense sinews in a private treatment room and a coffee bar keeps waiting guests caffeinated.
Anthony Malta and Tyler Wilcox—the co-owners and coaches at CrossFit ASAP—both have CrossFit Level 1 certifications and strength-and-conditioning experience that dates back to high school. At CrossFit ASAP, they use friendly motivation and CrossFit’s dogma of varied, functional fitness to help clients get in shape. Workouts of the Day (WODs) often incorporate exercises such as weightlifting, interval training, body-weight exercises, and less conventional methods such as sled pushing and kettlebell training.
With only a portable cleaning system and a set of buckets, father-and-son team Paul and Tim Casson began their carpet-care business, eventually partnering with two close friends and later, their daughter and sister Tiffany Casson. Today, Tiffany Casson is the primary shareholder, and Casson & Son Carpet Care is still owned by the Casson clan, even after weathering some difficult times. All five of the current owners and operators proudly clean carpets themselves and interact with homeowners one-on-one while expunging dirt from weathered floor coverings with powerful truck-mounted steam systems, mild detergents, and residue-eliminating rinse. The company, which is certified by The Clean Trust, uses only products that are safe for use around pets and children.
Nurse practitioner Gina Flaharty has traveled through 42 countries across six continents and infuses her work with her passion for traversing the globe. Keeping current on global-health and security issues, she equips her patients with the vaccines and inflatable helicopters necessary to travel safely. Along with Travel Med Inc.'s experienced staff, she delivers immunizations and vaccinations and also holds onsite clinics throughout northern California.