Since opening its first shop in 1981, TCBY has mesmerized millions with mountains of creamy frozen yogurt. Drumming up excitement for low-fat treats was a distinct challenge back then, when ice cream ruled the dessert scene and bundt cake helmed the Senate. Today, the franchise shapes the treat's future with innovations such as frozen greek yogurt, which sports more than 8 grams of protein per half-cup serving. More than 25 varieties of yogurt and sorbet rotate through more than 450 stores nationwide, swirling from self-serve machines at the Folsom and Roseville locations. Flavors range from classics such as old-fashioned vanilla to modern marvels such as cake batter and root-beer float. To accommodate dieters and diners with sugar sensitivities, TCBY sweetens five different flavors with calorie-free sucralose. Filled with fruits, candies, and bite-size baked goods, a toppings bar brims with color and texture, like a rainbow made of extra-coarse sandpaper.
With bras made of candy and an entire section devoted to bachelorette-bash party favors, Kiss N Tell often takes a lighthearted approach to erotic goods. However, it doesn't sacrifice classiness to be crude. Since its inception in 1995, it has advocated for positive and healthy sexual expression, and it has an expert staff on hand to answer questions in a comfortable store setting. Plus, all of Kiss N Tell's products are on display for guests to inspect.
The offerings include We-Vibe couples' vibrators and personal massagers such as the Mini iVibe Rabbit, a smaller version of the popular Rabbit toy, as well as rose petals, Kama Sutra massage oils and candles, and other romantic accessories. Even Kiss N Tell's handcuffs selection is impressively varied—classic metal bracelets contrast with soft, feathery cuffs and the glow-in-the-dark plastic versions favored by policemen who patrol past midnight.
Few careers date as far back as the jeweler. From Egyptian headdresses to the wedding charms that decorated Henry VIII's bracelets, jewelry has been a sign of opulence and beauty that transcends generations. At the California Institute of Jewelry Training, instructors teach classes for all skill levels in a variety of disciplines. The institute's classes cover the skills needed to become a jewelry designer, gemologist, or stone setter or to forge a different professional track. For casual students and hobbyists, instructors lead one-day workshops that touch on specific facets of jewelry making ranging from wire wrapping to enameling to blacksmithing.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills.
The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
ReCREATE's approach to conservation unleashes the inner outsider artist in all who enter the center's cheery, well-organized studio. The guerrilla-crafting cooperative rescues unwanted office supplies, retail detritus, and industrial byproducts from a destiny of landfill lining, in the process building a vast repository of reusable craft materials. Drop-in sessions ($5 each) allow developing da Vincis to create milk-jug masks and packing-foam puppets to their hearts' content. Conservational crafters purchase bulk supplies from the studio's bins of cast-off designer-fabric samples, cigar boxes, paper, tile chips, cardboard, and more, while reCREATE supplies scissors, glue, and any other necessary equipment. Amateur artists of all ages can spontaneously generate boats, figurines, and dioramas in-studio, or shop for materials to build a man-sized version of Mouse Trap at home.