The dentists at Rotunda Dental have the diverse experience and specialized training to keep teeth healthy and beautiful. Dr. Sean Bullard has undergone extensive training in areas including oral-surgery procedures such as implants, CEREC software for creating custom restorations, and laser dentistry. For a holistic approach, patients turn to Dr. Randall Hayashi, who specializes in services that connect oral health with overall health, treating conditions including sleep apnea and snoring.
The Old Oakland lounge serves up a constantly changing menu of fondue and shareable fare highlighting the culinary and vinery delights of a specific region. The most recent, Japanese-inspired menu offers broiled pork belly over shaved cabbage ($10) alongside roasted garlic edamame ($4) and a savory roasted mushroom miso soup ($5) with black Hawaiian sea salt. Liege's suimono fondue pots ($14) are served tableside with their own continuous flame and come with your choice of sirloin or white prawns, a side of mixed vegetables, and a house-made dipping sauce. Each sauce is rated according to hotness from a scale of one (yogurt epazote) to 12 (habanero and pineapple) to 40 (lava and ice cubes made of infernos). Wines by the glass ($7 and up) change with the menu and are specifically chosen to complement the themed cuisine like two 45-degree angles.
A spa in the traditional Asian style, Zen Springs spa both accommodates guests on a single-appointment basis for massages, body treatments, and skincare services, and rents private suites for more extended pampering. The private rooms feature luxurious amenities, including swirling hot tubs, glass steam-shower rooms, yoga platforms, and bath sandals and towels. Guests can linger in one of the romantic spa rooms from one hour to an entire evening. Between stays of any duration, Zen Spring’s staff thoroughly disinfects each tub with fresh batches of non-chlorinated water sieved from filtered panda tears.
With roots that stretch back to 1927, the Oakland Flower Market stretches across 10,000 sq. feet, with one-third dedicated to the floral department, and houses three walk-in coolers that store aesthetically pleasing ground-sprouts imported from countries as far reaching as the Netherlands, Thailand, and Australia. The large coolers keep floral varieties such as lilies and tulips (market price) from breaking a sweat. Patrons may also take home a phalaenopsis orchid ($15.99+) or cymbidium orchid plant ($29.99) to add an exotic flair to dull living rooms or drab ovens.
The faculty at Technical Institute for Indoor Gardening share knowledge of sustainable soil and hydroponic gardening practices through instruction and commissioned projects. Two gardeners with more than 50 years of combined experience teamed with 3rd Street Hydroponics to create classes and workshops ranging from pest control and composting to greenhouse construction. Teachers aim to reduce carbon footprints through their curriculum, and share their knowledge with the public via an ever-changing program of events, such as free hydroponic gardening fairs. The Institute also heads construction and development of the Oakland Organic Gardens, which aims to enable urban gardening while employing only renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, water, and a golden retriever's love.
Drill bits twist, measuring tape unfurls, and saws chomp through two-by-fours in ACE Hardware, where shelves dangle with scores of tools and other home-improvement essentials. Wall pigment by Ace Paint and Benjamin Moore beams across the color spectrum as faucet parts and cabinet hardware retool aging abodes and jury-rigged time machines. Large appliances, such as Honeywell space heaters, Perfect Aire air conditioners, and Cadet thermostats, keep indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Outside, bags of seed and compost join charcoal grills to brighten backyard celebrations as rolling hand trucks heft heavy lumber purchases or prefab doghouses for socialite canines. Tools, electrical tape, and other handyman essentials round out each location's array of fixative and creative supplies.