Matilija Nursery yields seasonal crops of plants native to the Golden State and farther-flung environs—a stroll through the nursery’s rolling fields reveals such nonindigenous offerings as bearded irises that bloom in both spring and fall. Though the nursery has supplied Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties with flora since 1992, its in-house botanical specialists began to hybridize Pacific Coast irises only recently, and the resulting varieties have proven as colorful as a sailor's vocabulary. Befitting of those who work so close to the earth, the nursery’s staff supports eco-friendly practices and populates the gardens with noninvasive, low-water plants. Customers can browse an online plant-availability database that regularly features botanicals such as matilija poppies, manzanitas, and hummingbird sages capable of luring their hovering namesakes in for a long drink of nectar.
The servers at Chuy's Mesquite Broiler tap eight or more draft brews and mix up their signature margaritas to temper the heat of their southwestern and Mexican fare. After diners visit the complimentary chips-and-salsa bar, they can settle in and consider the menu's options, which include mesquite-broiled tri-tip tucked into jumbo burritos, half-pound Angus barbecue bacon burgers piled with onion strings, and california tacos with mesquite chicken and avocado.
Every Sunday at Chuy's Mesquite Broiler, the HD flat-screen TVs broadcast whichever NFL games and razor commercials are playing. Daily specials mix up the menu, and every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., bartenders keep busy mixing pitchers of margaritas and other happy-hour favorites. Diners can admire colorful airbrushed artwork and take kids to play arcade games inside or head out to the patio for open-air dining.
Each and every service at Katsu Hair begins with a consultation and ends with a swipe of a membership card. The eponymous owner—an experienced Beverly Hills stylist who originally hails from Japan—leads a talented cast, all of whom discuss cut, color, and style options with clients before kicking off treatments. Sudsy shampoos and tantalizing scalp massages bolstered by Pureology products accompany every hair service, which range from simple cuts to Ombre color treatments and Brazilian blowouts. The staff doles out complimentary membership cards to new clients, allowing them acquire points toward discounts or future one-on-one basketball games after each service. Katsu Hair also hosts monthly happy hour receptions, complete with wine, food, and plenty of style tips.
As the inventor of the Swing Thing training aid, PGA professional Dennis Dawson often uses the device during lessons to correct imbalanced swing mechanics and develop consistent, successful swings. Drawing on 35 years of instruction, Dennis focuses on the fundamentals of a fluid swinging motion, particularly the importance of spinal angle, balance, and a follow-through that includes a seamless pirouette. While students hit shots during a lesson, Dennis diagnoses particular maladies responsible for undesirable flight patterns. Students first practice swinging without the ball or a caddy on their shoulders to get a feel for correct mechanics and then repeat the motion until proper form is built into muscle memory.
My Mobile AT&T introduces patrons to the latest products and services available through its namesake company's Internet and cell phone divisions. The shop's 14 locations carry the newest models of popular smart phone lines, such as iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and Blackberry, as well as accessories including cases, chargers, and screen protectors. Customers seeking a speedy Internet connection for their homes or underground lairs may learn more about AT&T's feature-laden U-verse High Speed Internet service at the shop, where they can also sign up for it on the spot.
Bella Grace Salon’s master barber stylist Nedra Cano tames gentlemanly manes and rugged chin gardens with more than 25 years of experience, utilizing techniques acquired from her father and her years as a barber for the Navy. Handsome-enhancing experiences begin with a soothing scalp massage and shampoo. Once head jungles are cleansed, Nedra will work with each client to find an ideal style before cutting and styling, while mouths enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a light snack attack. Afterward, a traditional razor shave will instill faces with a long-lasting, irritation-free smoothness ideal for nuzzling even the most delicate of pet balloon animals.