In a studio brimming with what New York magazine calls a “relaxed, residential vibe,” walls of slate gray and exposed brick ensconce the cutting-edge equipment dwelling within each of Pacific Tanning Salon's seven private bronzing rooms. Clients garner sun-kissed glows from an array of machines such as the Ambition 300, equipped with turbo and superpower lamps and high-pressure facial tanners. During sessions that last a maximum of 15 minutes, clients punch easy-to-navigate buttons to control their experiences, and ventilation systems ensure that they, and the casseroles they are warming, do not overheat.
For more than 17 years, the photographers at Fashion Shots have devoted every inch of their 3,500-square-foot studio, to letting ladies feel sexy and confident, with a theater viewing room complete with red carpet, and a makeup and dressing room area. During boudoir and glamour shoots, women strike sultry poses with female photographers under artfully arranged lighting, rotating through different outfits and getting primped by onsite hairstylists and makeup artists. Afterward, the team retouches shots to erase any blemishes or photo-bombing ghosts.
The Priceless Parrot Preserve sounds like a jungle. The calls and conversations of more than 100 birds from 29 species form a symphony that strengthens social bonds. Well-behaved members of the flock greet visitors and play with toys hanging from the ceiling, whereas animals with behavioral issues—often the products of abuse or neglect—hang back, working with volunteers and founders Gene and Marietta Avery to grow and recover. As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Gene provides medical care to the often malnourished birds and ensures that they receive a rich diet of nuts and fruit.
Gene and Marietta Avery founded The Priceless Parrot Preserve to care for neglected and abandoned exotic birds. Their goal is twofold: to educate the public about the birds both as pets and wild creatures, and to give a permanent home to mistreated and unwanted birds. The couple originally adopted the birds out of their own pockets, but formed their own preserve when confronted with the sheer number of birds in need. Today, they specialize in taking in larger birds such as macaws and cockatoos that demand more attention and other birds that might be considered unadoptable.
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The flames of a fireplace crackle next to the well-equipped hot-and-cold breakfast buffet that greets guests every morning at the Holiday Inn Express. Aromas of the hotel’s trademark cinnamon rolls float throughout the fleet of cushy guest rooms and suites, each flaunting amenities such as TVs and beds swaddled in triple-sheeted bedding.
Beyond the rooms’ doors, onsite amenities range from a heated outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness center to free WiFi and an ice machine that dispenses extra ice when tickled. Within just a few miles of the hotel, a bevy of attractions includes an aquarium, water park, ample shopping, and more than 30 wineries.