Exfoliating strawberry sugar scrubs, anti-aging grape stem cells, and hydrating combos of jojoba and shea butter. The trained aestheticians at SSense Inc The Spa at Sterling Inn use this arsenal of ingredients to rejuvenate clients with full-body wraps and scrubs. After careful epidermal analyses, skincare therapists continue the pampering with customized facials for every skin type, which include upgraded Sterling facials with full extractions, eye treatments, and massages for scalps, hands, and feet. Registered massage therapists soothe muscles with therapeutic, hot-stone, and relaxation techniques, and leg or arm massages conclude calming foot or hand treatments. SSense Inc also converts its pampering sessions into couples treatments so partners can relax side by side with a significant other or favorite mannequin.
Scratch Junior Golf combines the latest golf technology with some of the top instructors in the game to help clients improve their overall golf skills. The PGA-certified instructors—including Rick Smith, named one of the top 10 instructors in America by Golf Digest in 2007, and Tina Mickelson, sister of Phil Mickelson—create a personalized lesson plan using the Scratch Skills Handicap System, which uses advanced technology to measure progress after each lesson. The facility includes a 2,500-square-foot putting green that allows golfers to practice a variety of scenarios. By using computer simulators, live shots, and fitness techniques, Scratch offers a welcoming, interactive learning environment to improve your golf proficiency. Call ahead to schedule your lessons and add some swagger to your sad swing.
Edible Arrangements' more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes that can double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress ($35). Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand-shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
The Salvation Army Family Store collects and resells donated items ranging from vintage clothing to antique furniture. Patrons can search for wardrobes, tables, and couches to fill out their home, plates and silverware to stock their empty kitchen, and VCRs to feed their pet robot. All proceeds from the Family Stores support The Salvation Army's San Diego Adult Rehabilitation Center, a 12-step work therapy and faith-based residential and transitional rehabilitation program for men and women dealing with alcohol and substance abuse. The six-month to two-year program is offered to program participants at no cost.
Though the best way to contribute to the organization's mission, especially following natural disasters such as the recent wildfires, is with monetary donations, the Salvation Army accepts donations of used goods and clothing to sell in the network of Family Stores. All sales of these donated items support the funding of the organization's programming. To donate goods, call (800) 728-7825 or visit www.SanDiego.SATruck.org; for monetary donations, call (866) 455-4357, visit www.SanDiego.SalvationArmy.org, or send to The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters, SD Fires, 2320 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.