Since 1982, three generations of a Santa Cruz farming family have opened the farm’s gates between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to equip fellow community members with bountiful white and douglas firs for the holiday season. Families walk the fields to pick out their perfect tree and browse the selection of fresh wreaths and local honey, after which they set up a brought lunch at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the view.
A hub for custom glasswork and hardware, Los Gatos Glass boasts the largest glass and shower show room in the Bay Area. Homeowners can stop in to glean ideas for custom shower enclosures, eschewing light-blocking materials such as ceramic tile or the moon in exchange for clean, clear, and airy dividers made of tempered safety glass. Then, no matter what they might dream up—from curved glass doors to frosted-glass sliding walls—the company’s glass artisans turn these ideas into reality at their in-house fabrication facility.
With hundreds of exciting exhibits and two seminar stages, the 31st-annual South Bay Home & Garden Show displays the latest trends in home design and pairs homeowners with top remodeling experts. Use your ticket ($10 at the door, $7 online; $8 for seniors at the door, $5 for seniors online) to browse the exhibitors' newest products and home solutions, with displays on decorating, home accents, interior design, and remodeling offering ideas for bedrooms, kitchens, and Batcaves. Guests for this year's event include Ahmed Hassan, the landscaping mastermind of DIY Network's Yard Crashers and Turf War, who'll give tips on how to spruce up the backyard. The Wine Guy Unplugged host Anthony Gilardi will also make appearances on Saturday and Sunday to film segments for his show while leading visitors in an exquisite wine tasting.
The founders of Aaron's Moving know that a quality moving business requires more than an army of workers with biceps capable of hurling meteors back into space. The family-run business prides itself on a team of movers who are strong inside and out. The company never hires day laborers, recruiting only experienced, trained, and background-checked movers.
On moving days, workers arrive punctually in trucks sized to match the job, from one-bedroom apartments to homes with pianos. During the move, insurance options set owners' minds at ease, and a wide selection of supplies—including boxes, bubble wrap, and wardrobe boxes—muffles the hemming and hawing of mustachioed marble busts. Their professional packing services make transit easier and protect delicate items, and the staff labels each box to make unpacking less confusing later.
Each year, more than 10,000 homeowners, business owners, and lazy nomads relocate to new digs thanks to AVL Moving Systems' team of seasoned movers. The movers' experience lends them the know-how and experience needed to help with all manner of moves, be they down the street or across the country. It's not just their brawn that workers put to good use—they're also skilled packers, swathing delicate glass in the proper packaging, crating valuable antiques, or preparing pianos for new homes. AVL Moving Systems also has a modular facility for short- or long-term storage, a simpler alternative for their customers than helping them find a couch for their couch to crash on. To simplify moving day, customers can purchase supplies directly from the company and can even have them take a vehicle along for the ride.
Fit For Life Bootcamp?s seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor classes that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up class routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wild-card days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers work to cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.