Vaiano Trattoria's husband-and-wife owners, Nathan Hickok and Patrizia Russo-Hickok, must have felt proud when the Granite Bay View called their food "authentic, fresh, and real." Patrizia hails from Vaiano, Italy, and runs this eatery with her restaurant-veteran husband as a way to recapture the food crafted by her mother and grandmother. On a menu that's rustic and flavorful—like a chocolate-covered log cabin—the chefs top pappardelle with braised wild boar and mostaccioli with mushrooms and pancetta. The interior complements the food, with mottled walls in a golden yellow and iron wall sconces mirroring that of an Old World trattoria. The staff also enjoys updating the wine list with new finds from Italy and pairing them with house specials.
Once upon a time, Swanson's Cleaners technicians would begin their days by firing up irons, stirring starches, and strapping on roller skates. The business was once one of the largest dry-cleaning facilities west of the Mississippi, the epicenter of Salvin Swanson's vast dry-cleaning empire—an empire packed with Sacramento's laundry, even the chain mail of its knights. To get the job of all this weighty laundry done, staffers needed their own wheels, plus wheels for their hampers.
Now helmed by the third generation of Swansons, the business has grown to 15 locations. In these locations, the team launders and dry-cleans garments with the eco-friendly Revive system, which uses a gentle, odorless, and antibacterial solution made from organic ingredients. Ever mindful of the earth and the community, Swanson's Cleaners recycles its hangers and plastic bags and has collected more than 27,000 coats for local children in need through its Coats for Kids program.
LHT Revolution Family Weight Loss Center has a simple goal: to help clients of all ages reach a healthy weight. The center's counselors and nutrition experts, however, approach this goal from multiple angles to ensure lasting results. They guide clients through each step in body transformation, from changing their diet to firing their current stunt double. They might also analyze issues traditionally associated with weight gain, such as body composition and stress levels.
For more than 20 years, Tropical Dreams has crafted super-premium ice cream on the big island of Hawaii. Over that span, they dreamed up more than 160 flavors such as Kona coffee, macadamia nut, and mango cream. They also specialize in authentic Italian gelato and sorbet. They craft all ice cream with 16% butter fat and up to 50% less air than other ice creams, which yields a rich flavor and a texture creamier than a cow’s singing voice.
The dedicated trainers at Kaia FIT Granite Bay help women boost confidence, strength, and all-around wellness through supportive boot camp-style classes. The high-intensity sessions are tailored for women of all experience levels and designed to tone cores and build endurance. The Kaia flow class stretches muscles and helps center students through yoga exercises. In other cases, classes take place outdoors, where the fresh air stimulates circulation, breathing, and the body's natural urge to burst into song.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.