In 1990, Jerri Rosen and five friends gathered clothing and accessories to give to survivors of domestic violence at an event they called “Day of Self-Esteem.” Rosen and company weren’t prepared for the outpouring of appreciation and the degree to which their single act of kindness would affect the lives of both clients and volunteers. Seeing that there was a true need for professional clothing among women seeking employment, the group went on to serve 67 clients in that first year alone—and Working Wardrobes was born. Eventually, the organization widened its scope to include men and began offering job-placement services and career training programs.
Today, Working Wardrobes helps more than 5,000 clients enter the workforce each year. Men and women facing any sort of challenge—alcohol and substance abuse, homelessness, the transition from military to civilian life—can turn to the organization for help. At the 16,500-square-foot facility in Costa Mesa, they’ll find trained personal shoppers as well as regular career training workshops. The long list of awards the group has won includes the 1998 Bank of America Award for Vision in Philanthropy and the 2008 Making a Difference for Women Award from Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach.
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Wheel Fun Rentals has provided locals and tourists with an engaging, active means of sightseeing for more than a decade. Visitors can traverse the local terrain in fun pedal-propelled vessels while soaking in oft-overlooked scenery, which would not be possible while being buckled to a car seat or an ACME rocket. With a $30 credit, customers are able to rent a wide range of vehicles by the hour, including a pedal boat, surrey, or bike (check each location page for pricing). Groups of Groupon holders can embark on land or sea adventures by renting multiple chopper bikes or a roomy single surrey (room for two children and three adults) or double surrey (room for two children and six adults).
Pours from extensive wine and beer lists mingle with sea air and classic Italian flavors at Luggatti's Italian Grill. Pinot grigios such as fruity Corte Giara pair with scallop-and-clam-smothered pastas, and an Antigual Uno malbec pairs well with a 12-ounce new-york strip. Other featured wines include Educated Guess cabernet, Plungerhead zinfandel, and Zaccignini montepulciano. Taps froth with craft brews such as Allagash Curieux, Flying Dog Doggie Style IPA, Chimay, and Shipyard Brewery Monkey Fist IPA. On weekend nights, guests can sip to the sounds of live musical performances in the indoor space decorated with snappy art, or carry glasses outside to enjoy the breeze off the nearby beach and the warmth of an outdoor fireplace.
After a motorcycle accident at 18 left him in a back brace for six weeks, Rick Belling noticed a severe decline in his health. His allergies intensified, digestive problems kicked in, and his energy levels dropped. He spent four years altering his diet and studying biology and physiology at school, but still his ailments pressed on—until he received a chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment not only cured his pain, but also changed his career path, leading him to chiropractic college rather than med school.
Today, Rick is known around Back Bay Wellness as Dr. Belling. He invites clients into their clinic for consultations, x-rays, nutritional counseling, and adjustments. Back Bay also offers therapeutic, sports, and pregnancy bodywork therapies.
Comedians Bob Perkell and Jeff Capri met through an act of deceit. When Perkell was gearing up for one of his first productions on the other side of the curtain, Capri called him to get a booking for one of the comedians he said he managed: Jeff Capri. But the charade didn't last long: the show was a success, Capri revealed his real identity, and, eventually, the two channeled their teamwork into a comedy club of their own. During Surf City’s shows, guests can order from a list of sweet, wine-centric cocktails and two dozen beers, including taps of Fat Tire and Shock Top.
We offer training in all of the weapons: foil, saber and epee. We have introductory programs for those who want to try out fencing for the first time. We offer intermediate programs for those looking to expand and develop their techniques.