Surrounded by craggy peaks, three men in bright-red helmets stand in the midst of wilderness, surveying the mountains around them as their group of hikers break for a snack on the rocky ground. This interface with the majesty of nature is all in a day's work for this trio of adventurers?Paul Mangasarian and Jakob and Daniel Laggner. Still, their passion for open-air exploration grows with each expedition they lead. Paul, Jakob, and Daniel cofounded Treks and Tracks with the dream of orchestrating excursions into nature that combine ancient means of travel?such as sailing, horseback riding, and hitchhiking on a centaur?with modern sports ranging from surfing to rock climbing. Though they focus on introducing novice outdoorsfolk to unspoiled wilderness around the world, Treks and Tracks' cofounders also strive to leave the awe-inspiring surroundings they visit as pristine as they found them by rigorously upholding practices of environmental stewardship on each expedition.
Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
Vehicles pulling out of Matt & Jeff's Car Wash gleam like a car that just emerged from the showroom or one of Henry Ford's thought bubbles. This full-service facility promises multiple ways to reinvigorate your automobile, from express washes to advanced details. Everyday since 1996, either Matt or Jeff (the owners) have been on site to give personal attention to their customers. This special level of service has contributed to the business being voted Best of Marin multiple times. The wash tunnel coats cars in 60-day wax, clear coat protectant, and Rain-X, while detailers use duel-headed polishers, carpet steam cleaning, and clay magic on the interior and exterior. Premium imported polishes and waxes from Brazil, Germany, and Australia are utilized. There's also an onsite gift shop that sells unique gifts, candles, and greeting cards. They even have a School Fuel program where, for every gallon of gas they sell, they give 1 penny to schools. So far they have given over $170,000.
Chef Anil Shahu draws upon 11 years of culinary experience as he seeks out seasonal ingredients and locally grown produce for his menu of hearty Indian cuisine. Although Anil mainly creates chicken and lamb entrees with aromatic blends of saffron, paprika, and cilantro, Novato Patch focused on the eatery's maritime offerings, claiming, "what sets Batika apart is a nice array of seafood dishes, especially dishes from Kerala, the garden state of India." These entrees include tiger shrimp with lemon pepper, salmon in coconut gravy, and fiery scallops saut?ed with tomatoes, all made with the freshest finds from area's farmers' and merfarmers' markets.
The dining room's mottled walls sport woven clothing, fabric patches, and a line of framed mirrors, echoing the rustic flavors of the cuisine. Dangling pendant lamps and an elegant chandelier help to brighten up the room's burgundy-and-burnished-gold color scheme.
CrossFit Novato bustles with exercisers of all ages and ability levels as they undergo the high-intensity strength and conditioning exercises of the globally renowned CrossFit program. Embraced by many police academies, military-operations units, and professional pie fighters, the program has a sound reputation and pulls from disciplines of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular fitness. Certified instructors challenge students to exceed previous limits with exercise routines that vary in strength, speed, movement, and duration during classes throughout the week. These expert teachers also educate participants in body mechanics and proper nutrition to encourage healthier lifestyles outside the gym. The gym strives to build a supportive community among its students through an online discussion board, where students can discuss results, emotional responses, and nutritional inquiries.
If someone in the Santa Rosa area has nice, straight teeth, there's a good chance they've met the board-certified orthodontists at Bales Orthodontics. Since 1976, Dr. Thomas R Bales has refined the smiles of more than 15,000 patients. Today, he and his daughter, board-certified orthodontist Dr. Kathleen M. Bales, continue to customize orthodontic treatments for adults and children.
At Bales Orthodontics, Drs. Tom and Katie, as their patients know them, apply a number of techniques to nudge teeth into healthier positions. They expertly apply traditional braces and wires—a tried-and-true choice for kids and teenagers. But they also offer Lingual braces, which are hidden behind the teeth, as well as discreet clear braces, which blend with the natural tooth color. Drs. Tom and Katie are also Elite providers of Invisalign treatments, which straighten teeth invisibly with a series of clear, removable aligners.