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.
For nearly 40 years, The Bicycle Business has saddled up those serious about street steeds with a variety of products and services for fixed-gear, touring, transportation, and road bikes. Customers can dust off a forgotten velocipede pal and hand it over to the shop's savvy techs for an in-depth resuscitation of wheels, brakes, cables, hubs, and handlebars, as well as a lubrication of essential moving parts. The basic tune-up ensures sturdiness and safety for easy pedaling through a town's main drag or house of mirrors.
Beyond curating Melange Boutique's selection of chic clothing, jewelry, and accessories, the shop's staff assists guests with fashion-consulting and beauty services. Visitors can ask staff members for advice on what types of clothing suit them best or take advantage of onsite hairstyling and makeup application from skilled beauticians.
Doug Landreth and David Volkamer each spent 25 years as professional photographers and visual artists., As David designed ads for Fortune 500 companies, Doug filled magazines with his stunning images. Just because they experienced success doesn’t mean they became content, though—as the technology in their fields advanced, so too did their techniques. Today, this duo of ever-evolving shutterbugs share their hard-won lessons in tutorials, seminars, and classes through their joint venture, Photomorphis. Together, they help students master composition and depth of field, giving them the tools to make even iPhone shots look stellar. They also explain how to enhance such photos with the use of textures and Photoshop techniques, such as creating subtle warmth images or giving your baby laser eyes.
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.
The cupcake chefs at Vanilla Bean Gourmet make each cupcake by hand, imbuing them with fine ingredients to please the taste buds and an inventive design to please the eyes. Their many artisanal options include the bacon-maple bar, a vanilla cupcake topped with maple frosting and a crispy slice of applewood-smoked bacon. Other flavors include the chai-tea-latte cupcake, which they sprinkle with freshly ground cinnamon, ginger, and cloves before plopping a dollop of homemade whipped cream on top. If the recipe calls for vanilla or chocolate, chefs use only real vanilla beans and Valrhona chocolate, which is as delicious as the thought of crushing your enemy's favorite Fabergé egg. Whenever possible, they procure all other ingredients locally from organic and sustainable sources. Frozen yogurt rounds out Vanilla Bean's menu, with toppings including chocolate chips, Reese’s pieces, and cookie crumbs.