After spending years as a salesman for top mattress lines, Steve Shore needed a new mattress himself. Rather than opt for a steep employee discount on one of the mattresses he sold, the enterprising Mr. Shore collected various natural materials and had them assembled into a mattress that met his exacting specifications: a comfy sleep cushion made with no potentially toxic components. The result was such an improvement over the big-name mattresses he sold that Mr. Shore and his son eventually decided to produce a line of organic mattresses based on the prototype, on which Mr. Shore slept soundly for more than a decade.
Now, the Shore men sell their mattresses under the Eco-Cloud name in The Natural Mattress Store. Made from high-quality steel coils topped with natural latex, Eco-Cloud mattresses resist accumulating allergens and nightmare blueprints and retain their shape and support for years. Organic wool and cotton covers help keep sleepers cool and snug in bed by deflecting body heat and wicking away moisture. Each Eco-Cloud mattress comes with a 12-year, nonprorated warranty. In addition to the Eco-Cloud line, The Natural Mattress Store carries more than 20 organic mattresses, as well as eco-friendly, solid wood bedroom furniture from Pacific Rim Woodworking, Bedworks of Maine, and Vermont Furniture Designs.
Kitsch Couture, called "a fashionista's hidden gem," by NBC Bay Area, is a boutique committed to bringing the latest fashions to the women of Los Gatos. Like the lines on the face of the wizened elf looking up at you from your cereal bowl, the brands at Kitsch are ever-changing, but currently include Free People, BB Dakota, LA MADE, Kersh, Charlie Jade, Dolce Vita Lush, and more. For those feeling fall's chill, a collection of jackets ($45-$150) and sweaters ($30-$98) keep wearers warm. The shop also carries dresses ($40-$120) for more formal occasions and scarves ($15-$32) for when necks demand anonymity. The staff is knowledgeable of all of the brands and takes pride in helping customers find a perfect fit.
In small, cozy classes of no more than six students, purling pedagogues teach nascent knitters how to click needles with style. Helmed by shop owner Deborah Panighetti, beginner seminars consist of two 2-hour sessions that cover knitting basics, including purling, binding off, reading yarn labels, and cajoling dropped stitches back into place with subtle flattery. Pupils collect insider tips and tricks as they work to craft a scarf, which can later be used to dress up a dull outfit or warm a nervous date's clammy clavicle. Starter stitchers can bring their own yarn and needles in size 8, 9, or 10, or they can use their Groupon to receive a 10% discount in Yarndogs’ store on the day of their visit. In May, the two-part class will be offered on May 19 and May 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Check Yarndogs' website for future class times and dates.
Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this wooded retreat provides fresh holiday décor for families of festivity-seekers. Sip a mug of complimentary hot-mulled cider or thoughtfully gnaw on a candy cane as you wander the ranch and find your piney soulmate amongst groves of Douglass Fir ($55+), Sierra Redwood ($40+), and Monterey Pine (40+). Then, fell your coniferous fellow with the provided folding saw. Patchen's cheery staff will assist with any necessary tree wrangling, bundling, and car loading to safely transport your topiary, and even provide a water stand to nourish your arboreal adoptee. Patchen California’s Old Summit Road location also boasts a collection of wreaths, fresh holly, and mistletoe in its Christmas boutique. Unlike wilted pre-cut options or notoriously fickle hedges, forest-fresh trees will retain their needles, woodsy scent, and pine-powered good cheer throughout the holiday season.
Razzberry Lips is awash in color. Countless mirrors reflect bright-green and pink walls, tufty princess dresses, and the generous helpings of glitter that grace tiny eyelids and updos. Squeals of delight reverberate though the vibrant salon, where makeover specialists embellish birthday girls and their guests with painted nails, rock-star accessories, and, of course, more glitter. With the finishing girly touch of a feather boa or antique Viking helmet, girls can embrace their inner diva in the presence of staffers dressed as Disney princesses. Razzberry Lips also brings the celebration to home with mobile party services and can transport guests inside a limousine for added glamour.
Los Gatos Beauty's inventory of beauty supplies consists of more than 5,000 products from 200 professional brands. A bevy of dermatologist-recommended rinses and creams populates the skincare section, some bearing the Demalogica label, which connotes top-quality formulas free of irritants and artificial fragrances. Bottles of Pureology, Moroccanoil, and Redken products occupy the haircare and color sections, and polishes by essie—representing the season's hottest hues—line up in the nailcare department.