More than a century ago, an industrious farmer named Gerard enlisted the help of bees to pollinate his family estate. Inadvertently, the buzzing insects fertilized a new passion for Gerard, one that would become a family tradition.
Four generations later, Gerard’Z Honeybees' bustling hives create more than a dozen local and monofloral honeys from such plants as star thistle, orange blossoms, and avocado blossoms. Because the honeys are completely raw and natural, they maintain the micro-nutritious qualities often left out of industrial varieties, and they may help allergy sufferers to acclimate to their local pollen varieties.
Gerard’Z holds year-round beekeeping workshops and honey tasting seminars at local wineries, nurseries, and farmers’ markets throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley. During the classes and tastings, bee experts demystify the process of maintaining a hive, and people get the chance to taste the difference between clover honey, buckwheat honey, black sage honey, and Doritos honey. Gerard’Z also helps to maintain the delicate honeybee population by finding homes for wild swarms or colonies that have built hives in unwanted places and might otherwise fall prey to exterminators.
The artistic outliners at Frugal Frames ensure photos, paintings, and posters look their most attention-grabbyest with complementary matting, glass, and custom or ready-made frames. They stock materials from exotic locations, enabling clients to find the perfect components for outlining wall-ready paintings of fruit bowls or handwritten letters from telemarketers apologizing for dinner interruptions. The versatile framers can even add flair to flat-screen TVs with frames, adding a touch of class to each Saturday morning cartoon-watching session.
As both a doctor and an athlete, Robert Shapiro has worked for years to understand how the two fields connect. Recently certified as a chiropractic sports practitioner, the doctor enjoys practicing muay thai kickboxing and cycling in his spare time, and he was active in judo competitions, Brazilian jujitsu tournaments, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle auditions. After attending both Logan College of Chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic, Shapiro participated in a long list of postgraduate trainings, ranging from restorative endocrinology to Russian kettlebell rehab. He draws on both sides of his experience to guide the staff at Health Source Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab of Stockton, where they combine massage therapy, rehabilitation, and chiropractic care to help their clients get healthy and stay that way.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan offers kids a leg up through personalized, small-groups programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with small toys and gift cards.
Head photographer Kevin Richtik began his career at Caroline Photography in 1986. He rose through the ranks, adapting his skills to the ever-changing technology without abandoning his core mission to create beautiful, storytelling images. He lends his eye to brides and grooms, families, and graduating seniors, immortalizing candid moments and authentic smiles. His photography, and that of his staff, earned the business recognition from Record as the one of San Joaquin’s best family photography studios of 2012.