In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.
As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
One of the oldest businesses in the community, Redwood City Nursery's expert staff digs through an assortment of flowers, trees, fertilizers, grasses, and gardening supplies. Most of its full-time employees have more than 20 years of nursery experience, lending thoughtful guidance on how to quickly spruce up a garden with colorful annuals or the most tactful way to let prickly pine branches know that they’re shedding. Pick up a six-pack of annuals ($3.05) to fill flower beds that have been empty since the youngest Cabbage Patch Kid left for college, or spice up dinners with a healthy selection of herbs and vegetables. Cantankerous cacti can be placed in a customer-selected container by request, and birdhouses and bird feeders attract welcome feathered friends, as opposed to unwelcome feathered friends like Darrell.
The brainchild of glamor expert Nicole Zammit, Beauty Queen Salon envelops guests in a cozy and inviting environment where each head of hair is lavished with personalized attention and upscale Pravana Perfection products. Stylists give unhurried attention to each salon service, throwing in free shampoos with every cut and style. They also create elegant updos for clients on their way to special events, and Nicole flexes her licensed esthetician muscles with a professional makeup application to bestow rosier cheeks or droopier zombie eyes.
Indochino specializes in made-to-measure men's apparel. Casting off vague, archaic sizing methods designed to fit entire groups of people, Indochino builds shirts and other men's wearables to fit the intended torso or other body part. Orderers should enlist a friend to help and watch Indochino’s how-to videos to accurately measure themselves. Once taken, these precise numbers translate into crisp, well-fitted, white button-downs such as the ultimate utility shirt ($79). Both navy blue pinstripe vests ($99) and metallic gray pants ($99) are cut to the shape of a single body and dance to the cymbal crash of a single drum kit. Wrists wearing Indochino's eight-ball cufflinks ($26) can shake themselves for vague answers to pressing questions. Also offering entire suits and tuxedos ($299+)—hand-chalked and cut by a veteran master tailor in Shanghai, a city steeped in the heritage of bespoke tailoring—Indochino assures that meals and drill sergeants aren't the only things made-to-order.