The Futon Shop specializes in organic convertibles. They pull this off with 100% chemical-free mattresses stuffed with USDA-certified organic cotton, pure Dunlop natural latex, and soy-based foam. Best of all, all mattress, including their memory foams and gels are handmade in San Francisco, cutting down on The Futon Shop's carbon footprint by eliminating lengthy shipping journeys.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, have auto-repair roots that reach back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop—just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with nearly 20 locations, 300 employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
At Casa Bella Galleria, Rhoda Santamaria and her business and life partner, Shane Curry, bustle about the spacious showroom. They're busy helping clients design and decorate their living rooms, offices, bedrooms, and kitchens with housewares from brands such as Moroni Leather, Ashley, Pulaski, and Sam Moore. The ever-changing lineup of décor and furniture spans a wide range of styles—stately leather couches and exquisite porcelain vases represent a classic look, and streamlined sectionals and glass tables add a futuristic, post-modern, post-post-ironically-retro touch. Throughout the showroom, professionally coordinated living, dining, and bedroom sets give visitors handy design ideas, while rugs, mattresses, lighting, and artwork accentuate and enhance bedframes, bare walls, and brand-new furniture sets.