Inside the dining room at The Izakaya, sushi chefs create pairs of nigiri sushi, with cuts of fresh tuna or steamed prawns atop bite-sized morsels of rice. The chefs also create house special ramen dishes and specialty sushi rolls, such as the fried Golden California Roll, and the Rock & Roll, whose shrimp tempura and avocado are served in tiny leather pants. Behind the stone-topped bar, The Izakaya pours wine, draft Kirin and Asahi beers, and a slate of traditional and fruit-flavored sakes.
Home to a vast inventory of beautifully crafted earthenware, Panama Pottery provides vessel-seeking visitors with a stunning spectrum of handmade local treasures and glazed, technicolored imports. Peruse the historic studio space and score an 18-inch terra-cotta fluted leg bowl ($21), sculpted by hand on the premises. Or, save yourself a plane trip and snatch up an authentic and colorful Chinese drip pot ($60 for 20”x16”), perfect for containing falling water, plants, or a smaller Chinese drip pot ($10 for 8”x9”). Today’s Groupon can also be applied to a clay or mosaic class, where artists of all abilities can learn under one of Panama’s ceramic specialists. Guests who score today’s deal will also receive a complimentary bag of potting soil, which allows plants to grow better than encasing them in amber.
Isis Media specializes in wedding, event, and commercial photography, producing images that are at once creative and professional. During in-studio or on-location photo shoots, a trio of photographers works closely with clients to capture aesthetically pleasing shots in a fun, light-hearted atmosphere.
Four Seasons Carpet Cleaning targets grime with a truck-mounted, hot water steam extraction unit, plus cleaning products that are safe for both families and the environment. In addition to residential and commercial carpeting, the company also refreshes upholstery and delves deep into the nooks of tile and grout to eliminate grease, soils, and contaminants.
It’s easy to never think about what chemicals make up your soaps and body lotions, but the staffers at The Soap Salon like to make sure you know what you’re getting into. That’s because they hand-make their signature line of soaps, body oils, and bath salts exclusively with wholesome vegetable oils, herbs, and nut butters. The staff takes the education one step further by inviting customers to learn how to make their own soaps and lotions through a variety of classes. Students always take home finished products, which they can then use to lather up their front lawn.
The Sacramento Zoo’s ZooMobile brings a menagerie of birds, snakes, and amphibians to schools, along with trained instructors who teach the importance of protecting these animals’ habitats. The live animal visits enhance lessons about animals’ characteristics and adaptation to natural environments, with presentations specifically tailored to each grade level and to meet the California Department of Education's life-sciences standards. With additional funding, the Sacramento Zoo could send the ZooMobile program to Title 1 schools that qualify for the federal-school-lunch program.