At XSight Photography, founders Gail DeMarco and Nicole Sepulveda and their team of talented photographers snag intimate and exciting moments both on location or in one of their two studios. Whether it's genuine laughter in a colorful family photo shoot, a burst of personality in a senior portrait, or the radiance emanating from an expecting mother in a pregnancy session, the photography team strives to push the creative envelope in the portraits they capture to forge images that demand your attention. Their wedding and engagement photography is equally inspired—for the team, capturing a quick, knowing look between the groom and his father is just as important as a shot of the newlyweds walking down the aisle. They also capture those moments through videography services and help others learn to capture them for themselves during photography classes.
At G'nique's Spa Services, owner, aesthetician, and massage therapist Genique Freeman guides her team with the conviction that total wellness is achieved when each patient feels beautiful, relaxed, and cared for. Freeman's staff makes a point of opening communication lines with each client, welcoming both English and Spanish speakers and discovering their patients' treatment preferences and favorite Kevin Bacon films via a simple online health-history form. Organic and wild-harvested ingredients from product lines such as De La Terre ease health concerns, and skin-purifying treatments are frequently paired with massages to heighten the therapeutic effects of both. Calm lighting and soft music welcome clients to leave their workplace stresses at the door, and a no-walk-in policy ensures patient comfort by safeguarding against overcrowding or a sudden influx of encyclopedia salesmen. Also supporting the spa's philosophy that physical and psychological health go hand in hand, G'nique's encourages veterans and their families to take respite in pampering by offering military discounts on specialty services, such as massages and facials.
Walls garnished with thought-provoking masterpieces make living rooms into museums with couches where friends and family love to lounge. Ki Gifts and Custom Framing has acted as a secondary curator to museums with couches all over the city by offering always-friendly and knowledgeable art advice. The charming shop's custom-framing services take the guesswork out of border binding your beautiful prints, paintings, and more. Digitally overlay frames and mats onto your masterpiece through Wizard's Integrated Framer software, which allows you to see the final product before its analog conception. Although pricing varies based on quality of frame, mat, and glass, complete pieces start at around $60 for 11"x14" and $160 for 24"x36".
The Pilothouse Restaurant plates up breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner aboard the Delta King—a completely restored riverboat that was christened in 1927 alongside its beloved bayou sister, the Delta Queen. Long before the restaurant was appeasing the appetites of hungry diners, the Delta King was busy plying American waters. It was drafted as a troop transport during World War II, and in 1982, the boat sank in San Francisco Bay—where it sat idle, playing ironic games of Go Fish with actual fish for 18 months.
Efforts to restore the Delta King began in 1984, and today, the vessel is honored with its own dock on the National Register of Historic Places. Onboard, The Pilothouse Restaurant is joined by Delta Bar and Grill, a hotel, and an assortment of entertainment options—all backdropped by the Delta King's cherry-red paddle wheel and the sparkling tides of the Sacramento River.
The high-end fleet of Hornblower Cruises & Events fills ports up and down the California coast, as well as in New York, with similar eco-friendly extravagance. Founded by environmental engineer Terry MacRae, Hornblower puts its luxe navy to use hosting dining, entertainment, special-event, and sightseeing cruises, as well as journeying to such storied landmarks as Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty. Beyond these cruises, Terry's team champions green practices through the Respect Our Planet initiative, which works to develop and promote earth-considerate practices such as using hybrid boats that draw power from the sun.