In a field of weeds, dirt, and brush, players sprint between paint-splattered wooden barriers while colorful orbs whiz past. As combatants post up behind giant tractor tires and industrial tubing to settle on plans of attack, refs keep watch to ensure safety and fair play. When off the battlegrounds, teams can prep for future matches by gearing up at the pro shop, which stocks paintball markers, masks, and apparel.
In 1973, when Ramona Clayton was 19, she moved to Germany where she earned a PhD in molecular biology and worked with sterile medicines. But she also began making pottery—a hobby that would become her profession when she moved back to the United States in 2004. Rather than going through the licensing hassle necessary to work as a microbiologist in the States, she opened terramonary stoneware & porcelain, where, in addition to making stoneware and porcelain pieces to sell, she teaches others her craft. The studio's name—and Ramona's reason for returning to California—comes from her husband, Terry. Starting out as high-school sweethearts, they lost touch not long after graduation. After 22 years apart, Terry found her on the Internet, called her, and asked if she remembered him. She did. "He signed his love letters with 'Terramonary,' which is just an anagram of 'Terry' and 'Ramona'," she recalls. To Terry's delight, she thought it would be a catchy name for the business and even used her science know-how to break down the parts of the word into Latin and alchemic roots that symbolize the four elements. Ramona fires her long-lasting pieces in the kiln outside her studio, which sits on a concrete porch where she and her students also glaze their pieces. Inside, the wheels and workstations are in a separate area from her showroom, which brims with decorative pieces as well as plates, cups, and serving pieces that are safe for ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, and time machines. "My goal in life is to make pretty things useful—or useful things pretty," she says. "If it's too delicate or it's just decorative, people are afraid of it."
The goal at NOW Lipo-Loss is two-fold—to help clients both look and feel their best. To accomplish the former, the staff uses the FDA-approved Vevazz system to shrink fat cells, diminish stretch marks, and promote smoother-looking skin. They also usher clients atop the whole-body vibration platform, which stimulates muscles for a full-body workout. When it comes to feeling better, the staff offers self-mastery therapy sessions to combat stress and negativity.
For all its contributions to the wine industry, it's hard to believe that Core Wine Company is just a two-person operation. One half of that operation is David Corey, whose first position in the industry was as a pest-control advisor. He eventually moved from protecting the grapes to producing them himself, and in 2001, he founded Core alongside his wife, wine-pairing expert Becky.
Together, the Coreys have concocted several different labels, including Core, Kuyam, and Turchi. Each of those labels features a different background story, and each bears Becky's original artwork and loving fingerprints on its labels. The Coreys share their creations at their Old Town Orcutt shop, where they frequently host events, such as educational tastings of an extraordinarily wide range of wines on the second Wednesday of every month.
Omiera Products CEO Amro Amer knows how difficult it can be to find the best health and beauty products. As a pharmacist with more than 15 years of experience, he has helped clients discover the ideal product, ranging from topicals for arthritis pain to products for thinning eyelashes. At Omiera Products, he and his staff continue to pair customers with top industry products, all of which are purchased over the counter, eliminating doctor's visits or potion trades in the wizard black market. The company's collection of beauty and health treatments includes roll-on pain relievers, Acdue acne-scar treatments, Exalt hair-growth-enhancers, and skin-firming creams, all of which come with a 100% money back guarantee.
In the heart of Solvang, an unassuming red brick building stands at the corner of Mission Drive and Atterdag Street. Though it may not show it from the outside, the tasting room at Presidio Winery houses a vineyard’s worth of innovative varietals ready for exploration. Beneath warm pendant lights, the winery’s resident oenophiles pour certified organic and biodynamic wines. The cool climate where the grapes flourish is particularly well-suited for pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah varietals, and crops are harvested using sustainable farming techniques. Visitors can sip samples of varietals such as the dry Estate syrah rose, the dark and savory sangiovese, and Estate pinot noir, with aromas of cherry, violets, and oak.
American Self Storage specializes in secure storage, with facilities ranging from climate-controlled units to covered parking for RVs and boats. While the company was founded in 1985, it's kept up to date on its technology. Video surveillance anchors the premises, and all units are alarmed which is more effective than a sign that says “Only Lame Stuff In Here.”