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The shelves at Color Me Mine’s studios teem with whimsical bisque-pottery pieces—pony and princess figurines, piggy banks, and kitty-cat mugs—each stark white and waiting for the brush strokes of a budding artist. That artist might be a birthday boy at a party or a grown-up unwinding at a girls' night out. No previous experience is required, as the studio staff dispenses plenty of painting tips, stencils, and artistic inspiration. Afterwards, the staff will fire the resulting pieces, which can then be used as décor or dinnerware thanks to Color Me Mine's lead-free, food-safe, paints.

37324 Fremont Blvd
Fremont,
CA
US

At Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care, co-founding doctors William H. Brown and Zuzana Likar team up to tackle cosmetic woes and spin back the hands of time. Dr. Brown, who teaches other physicians his laser techniques, and Likar, a nurse practitioner who has treated more than 25,000 patients on two continents, draw on their extensive experience to create subtle changes that result in more natural, refreshed appearances.

After a free consultation with an experienced nurse to educate clients, specialists plump up faces with dermal fillers, freeze fat cells with CoolSculpting treatments, and collapse unwanted spider veins with sclerotherapy injections. They also wield a variety of lasers, using them to resurface faces, remove body hair, and stop underarm sweating, a procedure infinitely more effective than sewing handkerchiefs into the arm holes of every shirt.

151 Forest Ave.
Palo Alto,
CA
US

For Books Inc., it's been a long road, and if you trace the lines back to its origins, it's California's oldest bookstore. After striking gold?literally?back in 1851, Anton Roman set up shop as a bookseller. Although the shop moved, was sold, burned down, changed hands again, and was rebuilt, the spirit remained intact, and today, multiple locations of the indie bookstore have sprouted up across The Golden State. Staff members keep the shelves lined with classic and contemporary tomes in all genres, and a myriad of book clubs help keep the love of literature alive. They also run a vibrant event program featuring author events and readings where patrons can enjoy an experience they can't download.

301 Castro St
Mountain View,
CA
US

Kiwi Crate delights children aged 3?8+ with packages that overflow with artistic activities and science experiments, among other imaginative pursuits. Monthly crate themes include dinosaurs, music, safari, and gardening. All Kiwi Crate projects and activities are designed by parents, reviewed by child development experts, and tested by kids. By signing up for Kiwi Crate, children receive these boxes of bliss, which encourage their continued growth and education.

103 Pioneer Way
Mountain View,
CA
US

The shelves at Color Me Mine’s studios teem with whimsical bisque-pottery pieces—pony and princess figurines, piggy banks, and kitty-cat mugs—each stark white and waiting for the brush strokes of a budding artist. That artist might be a birthday boy at a party or a grown-up unwinding at a girls' night out. No previous experience is required, as the studio staff dispenses plenty of painting tips, stencils, and artistic inspiration. Afterwards, the staff will fire the resulting pieces, which can then be used as décor or dinnerware thanks to Color Me Mine's lead-free, food-safe, paints.

1530 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton,
CA
US

In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.

2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Santa Clara,
CA
US