Warehouse Discount Center is primarily a purveyor of home appliances and plumbing wares, although it also hosts in-store cooking classes led by experienced chefs. Amidst an outside grilling theatre, using the finet equipment, Chef masters Craiger Van Zee and Chef JoAnn Hecht teach students the finer points of roasting, grilling, and preparing international dishes. Students are able to sample delicacies created and also take home a new set of culinary skills along with information packets.
Chef Craiger has been in the culinary business for more than four decades and heads up his own educational venture, To Grill or Not to Grill. He has taught more than 3,000 students how to sear and season on the barbeque and enjoys sharing his knowledge with groups of all sizes. Chef JoAnn comes from a teaching and catering background and tailors her classes to complement the seasons.
From dawn to dusk, Hopper Boat Rentals fleet of small, maneuverable crafts weave past the sailboats and houseboats docked in the tree-lined Channel Islands Harbor. Though the compact vessels are easy to master, Hopper Boat Rentals’ aquatic experts still happily help customers suit up in provided lifejackets and then impart a brief tutorial on operating their vessel of choice. They then rent out their watercraft by the hour, allowing customers the freedom to enjoy a quick jaunt or a daylong quest to overthrow surrounding sandcastle fiefdoms.
Wet Feet Pools' technicians tend to the cleanliness and appearance of swimming pools in hotels, health clubs, and condominiums, so they have ample know-how when it comes to keeping homeowners' basins in mint condition. The team maintains, repairs, and even remodels waterworks including swimming pools, spas, and fountains. Services range from regular swimming-pool maintenance and handrail installation to fixture replacement and barnacle removal. A quality guarantee backs the company's work—if customers aren't utterly satisfied, Wet Feet Pools refunds the first month's service costs (minus equipment fees, if applicable).
For more than 50 years, Green Meadow Nursery and Hardware has been cultivating greener gardens around the Santa Rosa Valley with 15-acres of homegrown, healthy, vibrant plants. Choose a 5-gallon bower vine to wind around fences or accessorize a fashion-conscious boa constrictor ($24.99). A 5-gallon maori queen brings a touch of regality to provincial plots ($29.99), and a 1-gallon ornamental carex testacea adds color and texture to lackluster lawns ($6.99). After shopping, customers can relax under an umbrella-shaded table by the gazebo amid statues and exotic plants or rush home with their nursery newbies to win the admiration of nosy neighbors and the block's most handsome horticulturalist.
The rising sun bathes the expanse of turquoise water in a golden glow, and a lone figure breaks its still surface during her morning swim. So begins another day at the Ventura Aquatic Center, where meticulously maintained facilities and engaging programs coax swimmers of all ages into the refreshing depths. A 50-meter competition pool fields the backstrokes of lane swimmers, and a 25-meter recreation pool enables laid-back play sessions. Delighted squeals and giggles drift from the kids’ activity pool, where splashes of water keep little faces smiling and a pair of water slides facilitates high-speed entries. Throughout each day, a crew of American Red Cross–certified lifeguards patrols the premises to ensure the safety of all those frolicking in and around the pools.
Dedicated to educating and entertaining patrons, Ventura Aquatic Center’s seasoned instructors also host group and private swim lessons and water-safety classes. Synchronized-swimming lessons teach pupils the art of tandem movement, and lifeguard training prepares would-be rescuers for real-world rescue situations. Diving and water-polo teams unite players for in-pool athletics, and aquatic summer camps stave off the boredom and nostalgic re-readings of last year’s report cards inherent to the summer months.
FastFrame outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky, contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, professional framers help select matting hues to complement a diploma or the original Bill of Rights banning knuckle cracking. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match homes' d?cor.