Serves and volleys fill the room with the thwack of paddles, which send orbs on an airborne path across 10 regulation-size tables at Peninsula Table Tennis Club. Monthly memberships allow patrons unlimited access to the fleet of tables to hone skills and baffle opponents with perfectly timed smashes. The drop-in passes can be used by one player or split among cohorts for a day of friendly competition without the hassle of making enough chocolate pudding for home pudding-wrestling matches.
Charmelle 28 features high-quality lingerie from renowned European designers such as Aubade, Marie Jo, Lise Charmel, and PrimaDonna. Delicate camisoles, lacey bras, and seamless panties fill the store’s racks and tables at two area locations, where expert staffers are on-hand to make recommendations and take measurements. Charmelle 28’s stock of underthings also includes low-key sleepwear as well as hosiery and more risqué bustiers.
Magicblox is an online e-Book library with unique, colorful, interactive, and fun picture books. Our vision is to create and grow a digital library full of wonderful books to enrich the lives of children around the world and give parents affordable access for less than the cost of just a couple of paper books.
The staffers at A Runner's Mind don’t just sell the shop’s precision athletic gear; they use it, too. Avid runners themselves, they prime visitors for efficient jogs or invigorating sprints with an array of apparel and hands-on training sessions. They help customers find their new sole mates with professional gait analysis, taking measurements and scrutinizing steps ranging from slow walks to full-speed runs before suggesting potential shoes from makers including Asics, Mizuno, Saucony, and New Balance. The shop also stocks equipment, helping customers stock up on water bottles, reflective vests, Nike, and The North Face running gear. In addition to hawking sportswear, the shop’s fitness experts devise 15- to 18-week training plans through their ARM Academy program, helping runners meet personal goals such as completing their first 5K or outrunning the world's slowest cheetah. The family-owned shop's commitment to running extends beyond its walls and into the local athletic community, with staffers often offering assistance at track meets and high-school events throughout the area.
Food & Wine magazine has drawn editor-in-chief Dana Cowin's expertise of all things edible for 17 years. The monthly publication introduces readers to unique ingredients and up-and-coming chefs, as well as home-entertainment tips and wine-pairing advice. Restaurant reviews suggest new eateries to try when you don't want to dirty your dishes or attempt to pronounce “worcestershire sauce,” and articles about international food provide constant culinary inspiration.
"Travel + Leisure is a celebration of travel," says editor-in-chief Nancy Novogrod. Browsing the magazine's table of contents reveals the truth of this statement; an affection for the road shines through in articles about domestic and international destinations, tech tips for sightseers, and glossy photos of stunning locales. Writers bring to life seasonal festivities around the world and weigh in on the best hotels, resorts, and wax museums with unobservant guards. Themes covered include adventure vacations, eco-travel, and kid-friendly trips.
For Books Inc., it's been a long road, and if you trace the lines back to its origins, it's California's oldest bookstore. After striking gold?literally?back in 1851, Anton Roman set up shop as a bookseller. Although the shop moved, was sold, burned down, changed hands again, and was rebuilt, the spirit remained intact, and today, multiple locations of the indie bookstore have sprouted up across The Golden State. Staff members keep the shelves lined with classic and contemporary tomes in all genres, and a myriad of book clubs help keep the love of literature alive. They also run a vibrant event program featuring author events and readings where patrons can enjoy an experience they can't download.