After searching Sacramento to no avail for a venue where kids could explore their creative impulses, two moms took the matter into their own hands and set about constructing their ideal children's art space. Eschewing the formalized, expensive art classes they found elsewhere, the duo opened ArtBeast with the goal of providing kids aged seven and younger with a mind-opening playground. In the three-level building, children can roam free, playing musical instruments, splattering paint, or dressing up in a constantly rotating wardrobe of costumes. Regular classes inculcate un-self-conscious expression with more structured activities, helping toddlers create their own works of art based on favorite pieces of lint or introducing them to ballet in dance classes. Complimentary organic coffee keeps parents as energetic as their offspring, and the studio's month-long passes encourage guardians to stick around and bond with fellow caretakers of insane miniature people.
In a white converted home that looks like it belongs on the beach, the Sugar Plum posse churns out vegan baked goods and café fare made from local, fair-trade, and organic products whenever possible. A rotating cupcake menu includes standout flavors such as lemon lavender and mocha hazelnut, and head baker Melissa’s gluten-free and vegan carrot cake, as reported by the East Sacramento News, won a silver medal in a culinary contest where it was the only vegan entry. Sugar Plum renames its Sundays Donut Day in honor of its airy glazed donuts, served from 10 a.m. until stock runs out or the donuts stage a rebellion. Less sweet lunchtime eats often star the kitchen's house-made tempeh bacon, whether on an avocado club sandwich or atop a risotto-and-nut burger with a melty slice of Daiya “cheese.” The staff helpfully accommodates allergies and raw-food diets.
Having struggled with weight problems when she was younger, Healthy Habits Studio owner Rose Zahnn knows the importance of exercise and eating right firsthand. She opened the studio almost 20 years ago, and in that time has seen it grow to hosting more than 25 fitness classes each week.
Fit Body Boot Camp classes each feature a different, unique workout that helps tone and strengthen muscles, burn fat, and boost metabolisms to burn more calories for hours after the workout, not just during it. In addition to group classes, the staff is available for one-on-one sessions that can focus on weight training, Pilates, and yoga. Rose also offers a weight-loss program in which she emails clients once a day with nutrition and exercise suggestions for 10 days, or the time it takes a team of NASA scientists to reengineer your body into its healthiest, most aerodynamic version.
For those who might be lacking the space to work?or just a space to focus?MyStudio provides a place for artists to spread out, express themselves, and store their work. Studio space is available to all interested parties by the month, and includes amenities such as large tables, pottery wheels, brushes, and a fridge to store sculpting butter. The space also features a gallery and retail space, where artists can display and sell their work. An array of classes for artists of all ages and experience levels are also available, teaching students the fundamentals in oil painting, carving, sculpture, paper-making, and music.
?Your Journey Begins Here? is painted above the wall-length mirror in Studio 25?s gym. It exemplifies just how the facility?s trainers feel about health and fitness: it?s a journey that begins anew each day. They act as guides along that journey as they direct clients in using the studio?s weight training and cardio equipment. Group classes such as yoga, hula-hoop dance, and Zumba make working out upbeat and social, and seductive dance and pole work classes add on to the gym?s myriad fitness options. Meanwhile, Kubotan self-defense training fosters muscle conditioning and teaches how to fend off both potential assailants and petition-pushers with their menacing pens and pads of paper. Upping the intensity ante, trainers also lead outdoor bootcamps at McKinley Park. An array of nutritional products and supplements sold onsite helps complete each client?s daily journey by further nurturing general health.
When it comes to beauty, Luxe Hair Lounge and Day Spa covers all of its bases with an expert for almost every aspect of the body?s appearance. The salon?s stylists, for example, revitalize scalps with precision haircuts and treatments that add volume and texture to wilting strands. Not to be outdone, the spa?s aestheticians smooth away wrinkles with beauty injections and oversee a tanning bed that imbues skin with shades of bronze. There?s a reason all of these services exist under one roof. Luxe?s one-stop beauty emporium saves clients time that would otherwise be spent running from salon to massage studio or tediously melting a wax candle over all of their hairy body parts.