For more than 20 years, the certified staffers at California Tan have added pop to pigment within an office basking under the West Coast sunshine. In addition to offering 12 beds with four levels of tanning, they can design custom tanning plans that gradually build up a richer complexion over time. To augment the warm glow of the bed lights, they provide lotions by Designer Skin, California Tan, and Australian Gold. They also house a UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booth, which evenly slicks standing bodies with a deluxe bronzing potion. To complete the day-on-the-beach feeling, they lead guests to their SpaCapsule dry aqua massager that kneads newly tanned backs using 28 water jets. In addition to tanning and massage services, they carry swimwear, including two-piece bathing suits, perfect for beach outings or informal State of the Union addresses. They also stock their shelves with vitamins and dietary supplements to ensure the inside of the body is as attractive as the outside is.
With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
ReCREATE's approach to conservation unleashes the inner outsider artist in all who enter the center's cheery, well-organized studio. The guerrilla-crafting cooperative rescues unwanted office supplies, retail detritus, and industrial byproducts from a destiny of landfill lining, in the process building a vast repository of reusable craft materials. Drop-in sessions ($5 each) allow developing da Vincis to create milk-jug masks and packing-foam puppets to their hearts' content. Conservational crafters purchase bulk supplies from the studio's bins of cast-off designer-fabric samples, cigar boxes, paper, tile chips, cardboard, and more, while reCREATE supplies scissors, glue, and any other necessary equipment. Amateur artists of all ages can spontaneously generate boats, figurines, and dioramas in-studio, or shop for materials to build a man-sized version of Mouse Trap at home.
Since opening its first shop in 1981, TCBY has mesmerized millions with mountains of creamy frozen yogurt. Drumming up excitement for low-fat treats was a distinct challenge back then, when ice cream ruled the dessert scene and bundt cake helmed the Senate. Today, the franchise shapes the treat's future with innovations such as frozen greek yogurt, which sports more than 8 grams of protein per half-cup serving. More than 25 varieties of yogurt and sorbet rotate through more than 450 stores nationwide, swirling from self-serve machines at the Folsom and Roseville locations. Flavors range from classics such as old-fashioned vanilla to modern marvels such as cake batter and root-beer float. To accommodate dieters and diners with sugar sensitivities, TCBY sweetens five different flavors with calorie-free sucralose. Filled with fruits, candies, and bite-size baked goods, a toppings bar brims with color and texture, like a rainbow made of extra-coarse sandpaper.
With bras made of candy and an entire section devoted to bachelorette-bash party favors, Kiss N Tell often takes a lighthearted approach to erotic goods. However, it doesn't sacrifice classiness to be crude. Since its inception in 1995, it has advocated for positive and healthy sexual expression, and it has an expert staff on hand to answer questions in a comfortable store setting. Plus, all of Kiss N Tell's products are on display for guests to inspect.
The offerings include We-Vibe couples' vibrators and personal massagers such as the Mini iVibe Rabbit, a smaller version of the popular Rabbit toy, as well as rose petals, Kama Sutra massage oils and candles, and other romantic accessories. Even Kiss N Tell's handcuffs selection is impressively varied—classic metal bracelets contrast with soft, feathery cuffs and the glow-in-the-dark plastic versions favored by policemen who patrol past midnight.
Few careers date as far back as the jeweler. From Egyptian headdresses to the wedding charms that decorated Henry VIII's bracelets, jewelry has been a sign of opulence and beauty that transcends generations. At the California Institute of Jewelry Training, instructors teach classes for all skill levels in a variety of disciplines. The institute's classes cover the skills needed to become a jewelry designer, gemologist, or stone setter or to forge a different professional track. For casual students and hobbyists, instructors lead one-day workshops that touch on specific facets of jewelry making ranging from wire wrapping to enameling to blacksmithing.