At Steps to Learning Preschool, kids grasp the concept of free choice at an early age. That's because instructors promote "freedom within a structure," stocking each daily schedule with fun, educational choices for infants and young toddlers as well as preschoolers. Throughout the day, children take their pick of structured activities, including arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor exploration, and story time. The structure fosters the development of individual talents and autonomy while allowing youngsters to practice social interaction.
Since 1980, Sam's To Go's staff has been assembling sandwiches stacked high with premium deli meat and cheese. From within the K-Mart Shopping Center, they bake loaves of bread fresh every day, then pile on everything from hot pastrami to cotto salami, capicola, bologna, and cheese. The Santa Barbara–staple eatery now has four locations, several of which have outdoor tables where clients can soak up the warm sunshine and taunt birds with their ice cold beers.
Drawing on traditions passed down through the generations before her, Nimita Dhirajlal prepares vegetarian Indian cuisine following the Ayurvedic philosophy. To that end, she cooks to promote health with a menu based on only vegetarian ingredients, as well as to nurture the community by using locally sourced ingredients. At Nimita's Cuisine, she shares not only her meals through catering services, but also her techniques for preparing the piquant dishes through cooking classes.
Dhirajlal—a culinary instructor since the mid '90s—leads classes that teach students how to cook intuitively with a knowledge of the spices and methods, rather than just how to follow a recipe. At the end of each three-hour class, she invites the students to sit down and enjoy their vegetarian creations together, after first promising to not incite a food fight.
She also offers catering for large groups and delivers weekly baskets packed with meals such as saag paneer, butternut squash garbanzo curry, and moong bean daal to subscribers' doorsteps each Monday.
HipCompass pairs a digital travel magazine with an online women’s boutique stocked with fashionable travel supplies and lightweight garments. The magazine and blog guide shopping decisions with edifying weekly columns, innovative travel tips, and photographs of exotic locales, helping patrons plan trips to the Penghu archipelago for fishing or to Machu Picchu to gather inspiration for Lego forts. Focusing on a wide swath of excursions, from budget solo jaunts to luxurious family getaways, HipCompass helps travelers of all stripes prepare for the journeys ahead.
Signature service: Gluten-free living consultation
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: I believe we attract more of what we feel. I inspire happiness and health through better self care.
Shine Blow Dry Bar offers upscale blow-dry services to residents of Santa Barbara and beyond. During treatments, a team of expert stylists wash hair with fragrant and hydrating shampoos as guests sip champagne or nibble gourmet cupcakes. After relaxing scalp massages, the stylists break out the blow-dryers, fluffing and curling hair into red-carpet-ready ‘dos that are perfect for special occasions or memorable nights out. Shine currently operates two locations, both sporting a classic, feminine vibe with cream-colored walls, sparkling chandeliers, and ornate mirrors that reflect each guest's elaborate princess gown.