The mother and daughter team behind Bead Artistry make their living from making beautiful beadwork. They also draw joy from sharing their passion with others. They sell plenty of premade jewelry, but one of their signature products is the beading kit that comes with everything a person needs to duplicate one of the creative duo's designs. For more experienced beaders, they offer a range supplies with which to create any project imaginable.
Apparently not getting enough of beads in their day-to-day work in the shop, the family invented another reason to celebrate the art form. They recently organized the brand new show, Heart of California Bead and Adornment Expo, an event dedicated to beadwork and wearable art.
Blow dryers whir in the hands of stylists in training as they concentrate on perfecting their trade. Wielding professional-grade Paul Mitchell shampoos, conditioners, and awapuhi-keratin treatments, the students cut, color, and style the hair of their clients, adhering to professional standards.
Paul Mitchell The School not only nurtures the students and pushes them to their full potential inside the classroom with a dress code and high educational standards, but also works to build self-esteem. Their vision is to create happy and successful future professionals. Staff members support all of their students as they begin a new life and a new career.
Exercise disguises itself as exhilarating fun at 2Xtreme Jump Arena, where the 8,000-square-foot facility’s green-and-black grid of trampolines sends jumpers of all ages reaching for the ceiling. The arena spices up antigravity exploits with foam pits, a dodge-ball court, and a special jumping area for toddlers. It also hosts birthday parties, including a 2Xtreme shirt for the honoree, setup and cleanup by a party assistant, and plates and utensils for any food brought by parents. Visitors can work off birthday cake during Xtreme fitness classes, which torch calories with trampoline-based workouts.
Abbie Mast, founder of Ga Ga Chic Fig Garden Village, stocks the bright boutique with stylish and comfortable children's apparel and accessories from more than 80 designers, including brands such as True Religion, Tea, and Paige Lauren. Mast has studied every aspect of the garment-production industry, learning to recognize quality of fabrics, craftsmanship of the designs, and scouring pockets for misplaced snacks. Featuring fashionable apparel for newborns and children up to 12 years old, the boutique also offers an array of shoes and custom hair accessories that complete outfits with a splash of color and shine.
Sprockets, a socially responsible company in business for more than 20 years, creates durable, stylish clothing for boys and girls. The company's designers fashion soft, comfortable fabrics into garments with thoughtful details such as adjustable waistbands to accommodate growing bodies and tag-less labels that won't irritate sensitive skin. Check out collections such as Hippie Chick for girls and Elementary Cool for boys, which feature kid-friendly styles that are easy to coordinate.
The cooks at Amir's Kabob turn out large plates of fresh Middle Eastern cuisine. A serving of creamy hummus or baba ghanouj is a good way to kick off a meal, and makes for great dipping with some pita or falafel. The main courses hew toward the meaty and robust; there's beef, chicken, and lamb shish kebabs, shawarma, and the Jordan River plate that includes salmon seasoned with garlic and lemon. There's also a falafel plate for vegetarians served with rice, salad, and hummus, and fruit cocktails that add a sweet, healthy capper to the meal.