A referee stands guard over the designated trampoline dodge-ball court as teams soar through the air in graceful arcs and rebound off the walls. The fast-paced game reflects Great Jump Sports' mission to refresh workout routines. In doing so, the staff keeps upbeat music pouring out of the sound system and welcomes fitness clubs to hold classes in the arena.
Though the arena fosters a jovial environment, safety is paramount. Padding covers all hard surfaces, and vertical walls and netting prevent spills. Staffers keep the vast arena well ventilated and air-conditioned, and use all-natural, scent-free disinfectants. They also supply all jumpers with skid-free socks for safe landings.
Once patrons have expended energy reserves and perfected their meteor impersonations, they can head to the arcade or settle in at Great Jump Sports' café, where chefs bake pizzas in a brick oven and arrange fruit and veggie platters for up to 12 people.
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To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
Bliss Leaf's design consultants work with furniture manufacturers to recreate pieces from the drawing boards of the best contemporary designers. They've pulled together an ultra-modern collection of furniture inspired by the pragmatism of Zen Buddhism and the clean lines of contemporary architecture.
During complimentary consultations, the design consultants share their savvy to revamp homes and reimagine blanket forts to express each homeowner's style. They draw from an assortment of furnishings, artwork, and accessories in design traditions such as Swedish style, Italian contemporary, and loft.
In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.