The diverse, talented staff at Angel Salon and Day Spa primps clients with an assortment of relaxing cosmetic services. Stylists shape coiffures with haircuts, highlights, and extensions, and aestheticians revitalize nails and skin with everything from Shellac manicures to facials. Bodycare experts extract unsightly fuzz using warm wax, taking a cue from the rainforest’s famous hairless honeybees.
At xoco-latte, two local bakers create mouthwatering chocolate treats, pies, cupcakes, and rustic loaves of bread, all handmade and free of gluten. In the bakery, chefs whip up crusty baguettes, rich bonbons and truffles, and sweet cookies with gluten-free ingredients in a facility designed to prevent cross-contamination. The result is a bounty of sweet and savory treats ideal for anyone, whatever their dietary needs. Curious clients can expand their culinary skills with xoco-latte's classes, from lessons in making your own bonbons, to classes on how to interpret nuanced tastes.
Executive chef Michael Cortez and executive sous-chef Jordy Miranda lend their private cooking services to clients looking to add gourmet pizzazz to private parties, special occasions, and everyday meals. In addition to cooking up a gastronomic storm, the chefs also elucidate the finer points of preparing haute cuisine during gourmet group cooking classes. Under the stone archways of the The Cellar Door winery, students learn to craft small salads from seasonal vegetables and roasted nuts, cook up entrees such as garlic-herb-roasted lamb and citrus-poached lobster, and pull together desserts such as lemon tiramisu with professional panache.
For more than 40 years, Gonzales School of Languages has unraveled an array of tongues with group and private language lessons for all ages, taught by native speakers. The staff of instructors gets novice linguists started on their paths to becoming master polyglots during interactive classes, sharing their own anecdotes and experiences while instilling knowledge of the target language's culture. Small-group classes allow for a variety of basic communications among students and their instructors, and the one-on-one nature of private courses provides a tailored experience for advanced students who are tired of practicing by shouting into caves.
Food—buying it, cooking it, relishing it—is central to The Life Long Weigh. Karen Hill, M.D., and her team of registered dieticians anchor their weight-loss and detoxification programs in diets of whole foods. During tours of grocery stores, they holler about the benefits of certain grains, vegetables, and other natural ingredients. Cooking classes teach students how to pack vegan meals with protein and prepare satisfying desserts without loads of sugar. Dr. Hill's weight-loss programs also include group meetings and behavioral therapy to motivate clients to follow through on their new diets.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Sushi 101 Class
Pro Tip: Two rules for our classes: come hungry and dress casual.
What makes your business stand out?
A personalized, one-on-one instructional experience that teaches any sushi student the truth behind sushi and the very essence of great sushi. We offer a simple and easy-to-understand course on making great sushi at home.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
Typical sushi classes are way too expensive. Even sushi itself can sometimes be too expensive to learn how to make yourself. We wanted to change all that.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The Sushi 101 classes are designed to be educational but fun and memorable. Everyone leaves the classes with a strong understanding about sushi and will hopefully share the knowledge with friends, family, and co-workers.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
"It was so much fun! It was also so easy and I left so full!"
What?s your favorite part about your job?
I eliminate the misconceptions about sushi and teach people how to make great sushi?one person at a time.