At Let’s Get Fit Fallbrook, the trainer proves that his 20-year career—marked by the training of six bodybuilding champions—has well equipped him to instill fitness in anyone. His quarter-acre, pet-and kid-friendly property boasts an 800-square-foot space that sees the loss of many pounds, thanks to strength training. But he specializes in golf fitness by Nautilus, a type of exercise that boosts wellness and improves play on the links.
Eli, a local produce broker, has connected hungry city dwellers with fresh fruits and veggies from his local farm for nearly 20 years. Each week, workers fill boxes with peppers, oranges, herbs, leafy greens, and avocados, all of which are naturally grown and free of waxy preservatives and that car-factory smell. Since all of the seasonal eats found in Eli’s farmers’ market stands and community-supported agriculture parcels come from his local farm, CSA subscribers shrink their carbon footprint by cutting out transport resources required for traditional grocery shipping and distribution.
Since 1977, Running Center has attested that no one should have to "break in" new shoes. Staff members endeavor to find pairs that suit sprints immediately, adjusting their picks based on the size, width, and pronation—a joint's habit of rotating past a neutral position—of each client's feet. They haven't learned this science simply by training; the employees are all athletes themselves, and they rely on a common passion for fitness rather than a commission goal as they recommend footwear. They help customers avoid injuries by answering questions on the shop's stock and on running in general, addressing common topics such as gait and how to stave off coffee spills on your morning jog.
Specialty shoes range from trail-running sneakers to racing flats and cross-country spikes. With choices from Nike, New Balance, Asics, and other brands, customers can experiment with different support systems that align with their body and lifestyle.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
People often dream of a retirement tucked away someplace remote, with no schedule and no responsibilities. In 1984, when Budd and Maurice Van Roekel packed everything up, they were headed to the Temecula Valley to do just that: retire and enjoy a leisurely life. At least that was their plan until they stumbled upon a 86-acre vineyard. In those early days, Budd Van Roekel would man the tractor himself, planting grapes upon watercolor arcs of green that have been growing since 1968.Today, visitors come upon the stucco-roofed entrance of Van Roekel Vineyard's European-style tasting room, peering in at high ceilings and cream-colored walls. Once inside, they sip on a selection of home-grown wines, such as the 2008 syrah, a maze of blackberries and clove, or the 2010 muscat canelli, which hints at the tropics like a ukulele flying south for the winter. Bearing deli sandwiches or smooth hemispheres of gelato, a group wanders onto the sunny plaza in front of the tasting room, trailing fingers through the waters of the stone fountain before filtering back past the bouquets of bottles that fill wicker baskets in the gift shop.
The benchmark grape at Fazeli Cellars is the Shiraz, due both to its popularity and it’s ties to the Fazeli family’s heritage. The wine is named for the fabled city of ancient Persia, and harkens back to a time when Shiraz was famous for making wine. Today, Fazeli Cellars bottles and blends Shiraz more than any other grape. The richly layered 2009 Shiraz, for example, is a complex wine with notes of blackberry, black pepper, and clove, and brought home a gold from the 2013 Wine Marker Challenge. In addition the Shiraz, they also produce a host of award-winning wines, with a catalogue that leans heavily toward red. Ruby options include the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Mehregan blend, and Grenache, but for white lovers, Fazeli also makes a fresh, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc, an acidic wine with a finish as clean as Martha Stewart's mudroom.