When Larisa Hall was born, the doctors were not sure she'd ever be able to walk. She was born with severely clubbed feet and spent the next nine months wearing casts on both legs. But within six months, Larisa was up on her feet; and by the time she was five, she had discovered dance and never wanted to stop. Dancing proved to be a useful physical therapy—helping her gain coordination and overcome ankle pain.
Spurred on by her own triumph, Larisa founded Tap Fever Studios with the belief that everyone—no matter their age or level of ability—should have the opportunity to dance. To that end, she holds workshops for the hearing and listening impaired, as well as those who are developmentally disabled. Larisa also recently created a new method of dance called hand tap, which allows people with limited mobility to use special gloves and a wooden board to tap out rhythms while seated.
Brow Lounge co-owners Stephanie Schwenk and Kristl Chang both have studied the brow-shaping arts under Hollywood "brow guru" Anastasia Soare, and they bring to their boutique salon a combined 17 years of experience in the spa and skincare industry. During your brow-shaping, the friendly brow-tician will give your forehead buffers a thorough waxing and tweezing, to achieve a suitably seductive or believably surprised shape, by revealing the brow’s natural arch ($40). Once your brows are complete, you can use your $20 discount to prep for a vacation, a swim race, or a shirtless calendar photo-shoot with one of their skin-smoothing waxing treatments. Opt for a bikini wax ($40) or a full Brazilian wax ($65), or focus on your frontispiece with an indulgent skincare treatment, such as a 50-minute signature facial ($110) or professional makeup application ($75), to achieve an appropriate level of radiance for a date or grand-jury arraignment. The $20 discount must be redeemed during the same appointment as your brow-shaping.
The craftspeople at Art & Framing by Munro Gallery draw on more than 45 years of experience as they frame cherished items and curate fine arts and crafts. With skillful hands, they swaddle artwork, diplomas, memorabilia, and photos using elements plucked from an arsenal of more than 2,500 mouldings and 1,000 mat samples. When they aren't adorning pictures with princely garb, they stock their shelves with paintings, sculptures, and jewelry that give residences and outfits more personality than Elton John’s herd of peacocks.
What’s now known as The Comedy Store was once called Ciro's, a nightlife hotspot in the 1940s and '50s. Playing host to glitzy stars and shadowy mobsters, the club's history is shrouded in rumors of mafia assassinations and untimely deaths. However, the joint buried its seedy past by converting to a comedy club and helping launch the careers of such legends as Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, George Carlin, David Letterman, and Dave Chappelle. The younger La Jolla location lets laugh-starved patrons bask in the same high-powered comedic atmosphere as its progenitor.