Founded in 1974 by three "hippie glassblowers," Bullseye Glass Co produces internationally renowned glass materials in thousands of colors and finishes suitable for artistic endeavors of all kinds, such as mosaics and stained glass. Aside from being beautiful to look at, most of Bullseye's glasses are compatible for fusing and kilnforming—something that's especially important for glass artists to know. Bullseye also passes on the ancient art of glass shaping through artist-guided classes. Graduates of these kilnforming classes can return to craft additional treasures or explore the cyclical nature of art by turning a wineglass back into a sandbox.
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In the past, Brendan Eliason's oenophilia has landed him gigs at David Coffaro Winery in Dry Creek and Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar in Walnut Creek. These days, he mans Periscope Cellars, which stocks an impressive selection of Californian wines. Available by the bottle or from up to 10 taps, the tasting room showcases everything from pinot noirs and zinfandels to mulled wine in winter.
Pours pair perfectly with gourmet bites from the surrounding Swan’s Market; Rosamunde Sausage Grill, for instance, is just steps away. Of course, Periscope's libations are also available to go in refillable 500ml bottles or unlimited handfuls.
Committed equally to modern aesthetics and environmental consciousness, each item in Teak Me Home’s collection of sleekly styled furniture is constructed from reclaimed teak. The wood—reclaimed teak, approximately 100 years old and salvaged from houses being demolished—is resurfaced and air-dried before artisans give it new life in dining tables, consoles, dressers, and other household furnishings. To further help reduce its environmental impact, Teak Me Home donates 1% of all sales to Conservation International to help preserve Earth’s forests.
Like breakfast cereals packaged with toys, Wonderland Trees offers fun where you least suspect to find it. Amid rows of handpicked, fresh-cut noble, douglas, Nordman, and grand firs, inflated bounce castles entice visitors to exercise their shopping legs and expend holiday energy. Baying animals revel in the attention of petting hands, while artists paint colorful images on customers' faces. Additionally, a children's play area rewards kiddies for helping their parents pick the ideal tree with fun activities.
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.