As recounted in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch, it was a hot day in July when JoAnn Buday's daughter ran into the house, breathlessly gushing about a newly discovered frozen treat called a "sno-ball." JoAnn was intrigued. She spent the day on the computer, her face illuminated in the glow of hundreds of shining reviews of sno-ball shops in New Orleans, where the dish originated. JoAnn had often dreamt of opening a frozen treat shop that would stand out among all the other yogurt and ice cream joints in southern California. Now, at last, she had a plan.
Today, JoAnn captains her own shop, whipping up the frosty snacks lauded by reporters from The Orange County Register. Beneath shelves of colorful syrups, JoAnn and her staff top fluffy shaved ice with more than 30 different types of syrups—including root beer, wine cooler, and coconut. They blend flavors and add layers of creamy ice cream to create imaginative combinations such as peach cobbler and caramel apple pop. Guests snack on frozen treats, hot dogs, and fresh baked goods on the tabletops that speckle the seating area. A colorful mural sweeps across the wall, depicting typical scenes from famous cities around the world, including diners lingering at a cafe in Paris and employed citizens paying their U.S. federal taxes in Seattle.
Competitive athletes, especially boxers, have long used extreme methods to achieve rapid weight loss. Though effective, traditional sauna-induced training—intense cardio workouts in rooms kept at high temperatures—is considered a risky approach due to the enhanced stress put on the body. Crystal FitWell compiles modern technology that provides the same fat-burning benefits in a safer, more comfortable setting. Group and private Radiant Heat Active Carbon Exercise (RHACE) rooms are lined with active-carbon-fiber panels that raise body temperatures without heating up the air in the room. This makes the air more breathable and easier to cool pies with. A crystal sauna bounces around energy rays that heat up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit to detoxify and shed sweat weight. The center also maintains a fleet of low-impact exercise machines and vibration toners to enhance workouts, as well as automated massage capsules and sunbeam relaxation beds to calm mental, physical, and metaphorical ailments.
Aesthetician Millette San Pedro specializes in turning back the clock. From within Flawless Skin Clinic's sleek confines, Millette welcomes guests of all ages to indulge in relaxing facials and skin treatments focused on granting a time-defying glow. Her services revivify the complexions of both men and women and can be tailored to tackle concerns such as acne or dry skin. She also uses threading to smooth eyebrows and chins, reducing drag in speed-smiling contests. Millette also strives to beautify her community by partnering with a variety of outreach organizations.
The OC Tan brings the sparkling soulshine lingering within each customer to the surface through a variety of tanning services. The Elixir tanning bed ($20 per session) envelops tanners in 51 body bulbs—one for each U.S. state—for 12 minutes of air-conditioned tanning. Disappear into the Mystic Tan spray booth ($35) as a pale newspaper reporter and emerge 60 seconds later as Supertan, the poorly named hero with a healthy glow. For those who love the taste of tanning bulbs but hate the sound of laying down, the Solarforce 652V ($20) offers a 10-minute tan in a stand-up unit that can accommodate clients up to seven feet tall. The ultimate in tan architecture at The OC Tan, however, is the King 420 bed ($40), which combines aromatherapy, aquatherapy, and a non-claustrophobic design into 12 minutes of high-pressure tanning. A five-minute airbrush tan is also available ($55), with custom application and results lasting up to a week.