Eric Wason had found working for larger companies less than satisfying. So after 13 years of taking orders, in 2007 Wason decided it was time to venture out on his own. "I think for most people, it's kind of a dream to work for yourself, be your own boss. More than anything now, I try to build a relationship with my clients. People like to feel like you know who they are."
Today, Eric acts on this sentiment as he performs his duties for Lighthouse Door Company, his garage-door and gate-installation outfit. On the job, Eric and his servicemen rely upon high-end brands such as Wayne-Dalton, Amarr, and LiftMaster. Eric also leverages his specialization is in custom carriage-style doors—especially those he can create from scratch—when performing installations and repairs. "I've always been mechanically inclined,” says Wason, citing early life experiences in shop classes and other creative environments. Branching off from this, Eric is also a certified green builder, which means he uses green products whenever possible and even offers referrals for eco-friendly house building.
Though there's something cathartic in his ability to stand back, take pictures, and admire his completed work, Eric's real sense of pride stems from contributing to the very community in which he was born. "I have a lot of roots here, and I plan on keeping it that way. I love Monterey and Santa Cruz, the ocean 10 minutes way, the mountains, the snow's four hours away. Couldn't ask for more."
Ocean Blessing Photography's skilled snap-shooters, boasting degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, University of the Pacific, and Gent University, favor a photojournalistic approach to capture genuine, spontaneous moments. Though they specialize in nuptial-related photography, the group also excels at family- and senior- portrait services as well as seasonal images proving the existence of Santa Claus's unicorn. The photographers sport professional Canon digital SLR cameras, lenses, and flashes in addition to professional software and hardware for editing and retouching, which results in artistic, completely polished photographs. Clients can peruse the FAQ for clothing recommendations and methods for befriending timid tripods.
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The smells of carnitas simmering with peppers and chicken crackling on a grill drift from inside a convenience store. Those curious enough to find their way inside discover Lopez Taqueria & Liquor, where cooks warm tortillas to craft tacos. They also craft impressive deli sandwiches with Boar’s Head meats and lettuce shredded by affectionate helicopters.
Whenever you feel the urge to be fancy, head to Eddison & Melrose for high tea complete with mini tea sandwiches, scones, and cupcakes served on exquisite English bone china. Karen Anne Murray, Northern England–born chef and proprietress, strives to present a humble menu crafted from scratch with an eye toward presentation.
Chicken, fennel, and cranberry salad rests on small pieces of whole-wheat bread, and smoked salmon joins cream cheese on circular pumpernickel-bread bites. Mini scones welcome spreads of preserves, and mini cupcakes topped with from-scratch frosting end teatime on a sweet note.
However, you can’t just walk in from off the street when afternoon rolls around. Eddison & Melrose opens its doors to customers on a reservations-only basis, even if you just want to grab some british condiments or bags of award-winning, all-natural granola from the boutique food shop.