Certified by the American Board of Opticianry, the staffers at 20/20 Optical match faces with a pair of their more than 5,000 frames aided by customer-service chops that earned them a spot on Pacific Sun's Best of Marin Hall of Fame 2012. Their cache of glasses includes haute and stylish frames from designers such as Tom Ford, Lindberg, and Anne Et Valentin, which stand ready to welcome newly crafted single- or multifocal lenses. All lenses are cut with laser technology in 20/20’s own onsite laboratory by certified opticians.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: PADI, Aqua Lung, Oceanic, Mares, Atomic, Posiden, Body Glove
Pro Tip: Make an appointment. We would like to give you our full attention as we are a busy shop.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Lots of parking, fish restaurant.
Recommended Age Group: All ages
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
The staff is dedicated to continuing education and the highest regard for safety.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Dedication to further divers' knowledge and safety while making it the best experience in San Francisco Bay.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
Being able to share my passion with others and watching the smiles that they have after being underwater.
In the spring of 2012, culinary school student Elizabeth Hill brought some of her classmates on a retreat to Inverness. She gave them a tour of West Marin, drawing from childhood experiences ranging from boating trips with her grandfather on Tomales Bay to afternoons spent picking berries for her grandmother. As she led her friends on this in-depth exploration of the local creameries, farms, and wineries, they observed that she could do this for a living.
Following their advice, Elizabeth formed West Marin Food & Farm Tours. She still holds on to her country roots; on each of her regular tours, she leads visitors through the region's rolling hills while revealing its history from an insider perspective. She also incorporates her culinary know-how. She may lead guests to sample local organic produce, grass-fed meats, and baked goods, or embark on private tours and tastings at creameries, wineries, and oyster farms. During many of the tours, Elizabeth gathers visitors for picnics on the shores of Tomales Bay, where they dine on locally made foods and taunt dolphins who are unable to hold sandwiches.
Unlike productivity-driven bosses and staunch proponents of gravity, Airward encourages people to keep their heads in the clouds, offering flying lessons, scenic tours, and aircraft rentals. Within the cockpits of Cessna and Piper aircrafts, its pilots fly passengers on custom tours of the Bay Area and help novices grip the yoke for the first time during introductory flight lessons. Subsequent lessons—typically over three to six months—turn students into licensed pilots, at which point they can fire up the propellers on Airward's seven rental planes. Lifting off from Novato, these aircraft can take short trips to nearby Tahoe or two-day journeys across state lines. Back on the ground, the staffers in Airward's equipment shop stock thousands of items for airplane repair, maintenance, and upgrades, including oil filters, microphones, and FAA aeronautical charts.
At Breaking Away Bicycles, cycling enthusiasts and mechanics facilitate two-wheeled joyrides with a full line of bikes and accessories, repair services, and custom bike fittings. Apparel from brands such as Hincapie, Louis Garneau, and Castelli prepares cyclists for safe road riding and off-road jaunts through nature. In the repair shop, mechanics service bicycles of all makes and models, inspecting shocks and custom-fitting bikes to conform to the needs of riders or earth-dwelling former mermaids. For those in search of a new ride, Breaking Away Bicycle rents out mountain bikes and sells cycles from brands such as Ellsworth, Raliegh, Blue and KHS.
At Dollface Beauty, the focus is on the face. The specialists here are invested in the little boosts that help their clients feel lovely, including lash extensions, makeup applications, and eyebrow design. Here, they perform their procedures with a personalized touch, and feature only products that they believe are of the highest quality. Just a few of their favorite brands are Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Caudalie, and Eminence Organic Skincare.
Dollface Beauty also rents out its space for private parties, during which the makeup experts perform personalized makeovers for each guest. Regardless of the occasion or event, the experience is as pampering as the results are stunning.