A First Impression renews homes with new carpets, upholstery, and bedding and has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News for its ability to revitalize furniture. Much like a shape-shifting silver dollar, A First Impression’s custom projects vary in price, but pricing starts at $45 per hour for labor plus the cost of materials. Line foot highways in new floor fur, choosing from more than 15 brands. The cost of carpet is $19.95 per yard, which includes installation and 7-pound padding. Homeowners can also redecorate rooms with drapes ($58 for a 2’ window including installation), reupholstered dining-room chairs ($35 each), sofas ($99/ft. plus a flat labor rate of $99), or custom sheets, comforters, and pillowcases ($45/hour for labor, material costs vary).
There are many reasons why Bennett's Honey Farm produces honey that's different from what you might find in your typical grocery store. First and foremost, Bennett's bees have a wealth of plant life to sip on. The bees buzz around wildflowers, clover, cacti, and avocado trees, and those unique flavors come through in the honey.
But what happens once the honey leaves the hives is just as important. Inside a solar-powered facility, the staff keeps the processing to a minimum so that the honey stays as natural as possible, without resorting to bottling it in containers made of sewn-together fig leaves. In addition to its pure, kosher, and organic honey, the farm also sells a range of bee-related products, from soaps and candles made from beeswax to health supplements made from bee pollen and royal jelly.
According to the clever folks at Giessinger Winery, the best wine is the one you like. Following that logic, they invite visitors into tasting rooms to sample the winery's many varieties and figure out which most agrees with their palate. Bestowed with the honor of Santa Barbara's Best Winery and Best Tasting Room in Santa Barbara by the U.S. Commerce Association in 2013, resident winemaker Edouard Giessinger and his associate Justin Tatum also lead groups through the nuanced process of crafting wines during comprehensive classes, wherein visitors can learn how wine is made, visit the production facility, and even taste wines.
Jatamansi Center is a place to relax and re-energize. What's more, guests have a host of options for how to achieve relaxation?the center's services range from massage therapy to ayurvedic counseling and energy work. Swedish, prenatal, deep-tissue, and sports massages are just a few of the modalities available. And ayurvedic consultations help clients create long-term, personalized health plans that touch on diet, meditation, and other healing habits.
Certified massage practitioner Norma Mercado sends soothing echoes through achy muscles at her own Heavenly Gifts massage studio. In the privacy of a cozy room, clients can request relaxing aromatherapy bodywork with flowing Swedish strokes and essential oils, or firm deep-tissue pressure to alleviate chronic lower-layer pain.
Billy Dickson and the photographers at Just Shoot Me Photography specialize in chronicling two of the most memorable times in life: the emotion and excitement of a wedding day and the wonder at the introduction of a newborn. During weddings, the team captures the big moments—the march down the aisle, the first dance—but they also spy subtle moments that evoke the mood of the day: a ring gleaming on a side table as the bride gets ready, or a close-up of a bridesmaid's hands as she clutches a bouquet of flowers.
The team also shines working around infants, often photographing babies as young as 4–14 days old. They adore shots in which parents cradle their newborns in their hands, a pose which puts the tiny size of the mini models in perspective. Brothers and sisters can join in these portraits, too, stepping off to the side to play a Nintendo 64 game console or discuss how to convince their parents to name their new sibling "Ludwig van Baby" when it's not their turn in the spotlight anymore.