Patrons who visit either of South Bay Xpress Spa and Wax’s two locations rest easy knowing that they've entrusted their skin to expert aestheticians. That's because the staff undergoes continual training in alternative waxing techniques, facial treatments, and lash enhancement procedures. With this knowledge in hand, the staff pampers clients from head to tail with microdermabrasion, brow tinting, lash perms, and body waxing.
Paciugo's Latin motto, Ante Dunio Dessertium—meaning Before Dinner, Dessert—neatly summarizes its liberal three-scoops attitude. Its milk-based gelatos contain 70% less fat than premium ice cream, thus making it 130% more okay to consume several consecutive pints' worth. A dessert that meets the FDA's standards for healthfulicious food, Paciugo's Turin recipes employ fresh and all-natural ingredients coupled with the finest fruit, nuts, chocolates and more to churn up scrumptious orbs of sweet sustenance. The gelaterie's menu ushers taste buds toward small piccolo cups ($4.29) with three scoops and up to three different flavors, such as black raspberry, amaretto chocolate chip, chocolate black-cherry swirl, black-pepper olive oil, Mediterranean sea-salt caramel, chocolate orange saffron, and many more. The medio size includes four scoops and up to four different flavors ($5.29). Go for not really that broke with a three-scoop whipped-cream-topped sundae ($5.99) or a sugar-caffeine epiphany in the form of gelato nestled in espresso or hot chocolate (regular, $5.49). Each of Paciugo's rich, creamy delights is made from whole milk, soy, and water, and no-sugar-added options are available so that a suitable flavor can match with any dietary need, unless you're allergic to joy.
In order to store the more than 600 varieties of wine that fill Uncorked Hermosa’s cozy storefront, the proprietors had to get creative; in addition to populating the overflowing racks that dominate the shop’s front space, bottles can be found nestling in cubbies wreathed by fairy lights and crowding on the lids of emptied casks. The bottles have traveled from far and not-so-far, their labels tracing their paths from Sonoma wineries and Italian vineyards. At the tasting bar, a knowledgeable sommelier keeps a close watch on them, curating the shop’s ever-evolving menu of handpicked wines and craft beers. Their time at the shop also earns the bottle some cred of their own; when taken to go, the shop’s wines enjoy free corkage at more than a dozen local restaurants.
At Carlson Gracie South Bay, trainers follow the philosophy laid out by legendary Brazilian jujitsu master Carlson Gracie. As the American and Brazilian flags wave in the background, trainers lead classes on the studio’s ample padded floors. Focusing on grappling, take downs, and using leverage to subdue opponents of all sizes, classes also incorporate fitness elements to blend with self-defense.
Jeremy Godo Kiss’ earliest love of the adrenaline rush surfaced in his passion for skateboarding. As he grew older, he began to feel the need for something that would give him higher jumps, bigger thrills, and taller windswept hair pomps. In 1988, he found that something—he discovered the extreme art of snowboarding. Determined to help others achieve the same sense of exhilaration he experienced zooming down the steep bluffs of June Mountain for the first time, Kiss opened Olympus Board Shop in 1998. Here, he and his staffers stock a wide range of high-quality boards of all types from brands such as Solomon, Imagine, and Liquid Shredder. Since opening, they’ve expanded their inventory to include other extreme sports, including surfing, stand up paddling, and kayaking. They also host interactive, pulse-pounding lessons in surfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
The knowledgeable staff at Open Ocean Surf, which has been locally owned for 26 years, outfits surfers and skaters with merchandise from top industry brands such as Lost and O'Neill. Customers can fasten trucks and wheels to a Guy Mariano “Girls Girls Girls” deck ($58.95), fashionably thrash the waves in a pair of Lost Mason Rock-It board shorts ($64.50), or convince merfolk of shared lineage by donning a set of 8-inch composite fins ($52). Open Ocean Surf’s O’Neill organic T-shirts ($24) bestow eco-conscious folk with trendy threads, and a 9-foot Sticky Bumps surfboard leash ($24.95) keeps floaters from sailing off in search of Atlantis.