Whether culled from California's Napa Valley region in the fall or from Chile and Argentina in the spring, every bundle of red and white grapes winds up beneath a patron's stomping feet. Eight months later—after a pressing session and half-hour racking—each red, white, or rosé batch makes the transition from barrel to bottle. Clients then fill, cork, seal, and adorn the bottle with their own label before gently kissing it to remove any curses. For visitors more eager to imbibe wine than concoct it, The WineMakers Cellar accommodates guests with dinners and wine and cheese pairings in its bistro. Handcrafted wine continues to flow at cooking demonstrations, courses, and private parties held within the facility.
Akadema's co-founder and former ball player, Lawrence Gilligan, held himself to a pretty high standard as he set out on a mission to evolve the design of the baseball glove. As he put it, "[i]f you want to make the best sports equipment, you consult the best athletes." Over the years, he and his brother Joe have consulted with Hall of Famers such as Ozzie Smith and Carl Yastrzemski on designs for infielders' gloves with fingerless construction and catchers' mitts with patented Stress Wedge technology and smack-talking capabilities.
Their gloves have become popular with everyone from Little Leaguers to NCAA coaches, including the Reptilian, which incorporates an air pocket for shock absorption. The store also specializes in other baseball and softball gear, including performance apparel, zero-gravity cleats, and bats that are hand-cut and sanded from grade-A maple and ash.
De-soiling apparel while sparing Mother Earth, this eco-friendly dry cleaner welcomes customers to pick up and drop off orders 24/7 using unique, ATM-style receptacles. Ranked as one of the 500 top franchises in 2009 by Entrepreneur magazine, Oxxo Care eschews harsh chemicals in favor of environmentally safe solvents that high-five endangered pandas. Oxxo’s cleansters rely on recyclable and biodegradable plastics, and they pamper garments with new, European-style equipment. Renew the usual dry-cleaning suspects—pants, blouses, silk or linen shirts, blazers, skirts, and wearable pastrami—starting at $6.55. Polish up a dress starting at $8.95 or a two-piece suit for $13.10. Dust off that winter wool coat for $14–$18 or a long down chill defender for $20 in anticipation of weekend camping trips in the fridge. Resident garment specialists tend to the details of all jobs with hand ironing and personal, emotionally probing inspections.
A line of baby cribs line the interior of Broadway Puppies and Boutique, but this is no traditional nursery. Inside, patrons will find playing, sleeping, and socializing pups: malteses, westies, poodles, yorkies, bulldogs, pomeranians. The staff not only cares for these dogs as their own, but for the ones that come in for grooming as well. The store also houses dog supplies and accessories.
La Stella Beauty Clinic?s beauty professionals combine personalized skincare with advanced cosmetology technologies to leave adults? and teens? skin glowing. Custom facials infused with multivitamins and organic botanicals refresh skin without irritation or the need to nap under the vegetable misters at a local supermarket. Organic and chemical peels help rejuvenate faces by exfoliating outer layers of dead and damaged skin cells, revealing healthier, younger-looking skin.
Therapeutic optometrist Dr. Natalia Raeva has spent more than a decade testing eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, and dryness. Now, she channels the optometry experience she gained from working in hospitals and nursing homes to both All About Eyes Vision Center and Visual Effects Eyecare Center, where she pulls clients’ sight back into focus with contact, bifocal, and progressive lenses. After Dr. Raeva has tested the health of each eye, the staff fits adults and kids with designer and sports frames from brands such as Ray-Ban, Fendi, and Swissflex. All lenses can be further customized to resist scratches, filter out ultraviolet rays, or deflect the glares of a jealous sun.