Out on the high seas, pirates never come upon a 1950s-style diner where they can take a break from buccaneering, but at Playland, youngsters pretend-searching for lost treasure in Pirate's Cove can. The cove and diner are two of Playland's themed play areas; at others, kids don princess regalia or shop for pretend-food at the market. Each of the whimsical settings act as a stage for littluns to play out scenes concocted in their outsized imaginations, all the while building social skills and cognitive abilities.
While children play, parents can boost their energy with a caffeinated drink from the espresso bar or relax with a magazine in the lounge. A separate laptop workstation allows adults to get some work done. Playland even houses a used clothing store that stocks gently used children's and maternity clothing.
The signature workouts at Pilates for Bodies stretch "beyond the core" with dynamic group routines that blend strength training with aerobic conditioning. The instructors helm a lively regimen for full-body toning, segueing through fast-paced maneuvers such as snap crunches and pelvis pushups to engage the entire muscular system. Students practice atop sprung, joint-friendly floors as sunlight illuminates the brightly painted yellow and blue walls and destroys any vampires masquerading as regular people. With three levels of class difficulty, ranging from just a little difficult to challenging, they can test their physical limits from the safety of their respective comfort zones.
For three decades, power-couple Lee and Claudia have been at the helm of Lee's Deli, proudly watching their operation grow from a simple mom-and-pop to a Bay Area empire of 12 deli locations and on-site catering to parties, festivals, and corporate events. Lee honed his trade as a sandwichsmith starting at age 14, laboring in his father's butcher shop on Fillmore Street as other kids that age had barely even learned to eat a sandwich. There, he learned the value of sourcing fresh meat and practicing friendly customer service.
Today, the close-knit group of families and employees that staff the counters and delivery trucks of Lee's Deli continue the family tradition by dishing out hot and cold sandwiches of salami, barbecue pork, and avocado on toasty kaiser rolls and ciabatta bread.
Husband-and-wife team Ryan and Angie Bates man the shutters at Ryan Bates Photography, where Ryan draws on 15 years of experience as he snaps images that bring out individual personalities and family dynamics in every shot. Professional lighting shines down on subjects as they say cheese, eat cheese, or impersonate cheese in the boutique studio, and the natural light of the outdoors illuminates on-location shoots held amid trees or at the shore. Captures of candid smiles, playful interactions, and motion shots celebrate timeless family moments, and senior-portrait sessions—viewable afterward on a private online gallery—yield prints worthy of relatives' mantels or wallets. Ryan also occasionally leads basic to advanced workshops, where pupils learn to manipulate their own DSLR cameras with coy winks and promises of mink-lined camera cases.
Knockoutz Fitness Center ushers exercisers of all backgrounds through its doors, supporting workout newbies, athletes, seniors, and bodybuilders alike with a slew of advanced equipment and a genial atmosphere. Hydraulic and free-motion machines flow alongside free weights in muscle-boosting reps, and a catalogue of cardio gear accommodates pedals, steps, and sprints.
For motivation through fellowship, workout classes in MMA/boxing and full-body boot-camp drills gather participants from a range of age groups. An onsite Max Muscle pro shop rations out supplements, and the gym's certified nutrition coach can dispense dietary tips for differentiating between good, bad, and ugly cholesterol.
Deluxe Heating and Air Conditioning's HVAC technicians are dedicated to fast service, but their main preoccupation is quality. They demonstrate this commitment by backing up all of their tune-ups and installations with an iron-clad guarantee read aloud to customers by James Earl Jones.