Many dentists use a UV light to whiten their patient’s teeth, but only the beauty experts at Twilight Teeth reasoned that clients could use the same light to tan their skin while whitening their teeth. The UV lights of their tanning beds shine on bodies and illuminate smiles, comfortably held open by a mouth guard and coated in gel. The gel activates under the light and contains 25% peroxide—among the highest concentrations in the industry. Since the gel is painted on instead of held in place by a whitening tray, it can brighten high beams with minimal discomfort. Clients who can’t stay at the tanning salon can take home a kit, which substitutes a portable UV light or a mason jar filled with baby stars.
The collection of high-quality consignment clothing at vintage ysj allows trendsetters to reach into fashion's back pocket for inspiration to create truly unique looks. Trendatarians can find inspiration on the ysj blog or by perusing the in-store stock, which is as ever-changing as the colors of Batman’s mood ring. Dresses ($24–$79) incorporate delicate details such as boho ruffled collars, Americana fringe, and ’50s secretary-inspired fitted frocks, and blazers, coats, and jackets ($20–$128) show off fur-lined collars, grunge-inspired plaid, and full-back depictions of former Vice President John Nance Garner.
A good cobbler can tell what's wrong with a pair of shoes by looking at them. A great cobbler can tell what's wrong by listening to them.
"When a woman walks in the door ... I hear the nails tapping on her heels," says Russo's Shoe Repair owner Christopher Russo in a promotional video he produced. "They walk in thinking ... 'You can't fix them now,' [but] I take them off her feet and fix them in about five minutes or less."
Quick, reliable repairs are one of Christopher's specialties. He aims to fix things on the spot whenever possible, and schedules rapid turnaround times when he can't. He's also known for his preventative repairs, particularly sole guards, which are thin layers of rubber affixed to soles to help prevent permanent wear. They come in a variety of colors, including a shade of red inspired by the soles of designer pumps.
Though he works quickly, Christopher prides himself on the quality of his work. He guarantees every repair, promising to redo them for free if a customer isn't happy with the results or if he gets caught in some type of time loop. As a bonus on Fridays, he sometimes performs complimentary shoe shines.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Downtown & Vine all but transports its guests to lush, rolling vineyards, stocking the fruits of a dozen wineries from across five regions surrounding Sacramento. The house sommelier, Gregg Lamer, curates the selection of more than 100 bottles that are served by the glass. Gregg regularly changes up the menu, but always highlights wines from local growers that use sustainable farming practices. The list includes Sonoma vintner, Iron Horse Vineyards—whose wines have been served at White House events hosted by the past five presidents; Shadow Ranch in Fairplay who exclusively uses solar power and organic farming methods; and Dillian, an Amador County farm in the Shenandoah Valley that's been handed down through four generations of Dillians.
To give palates something to do between sips, Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Kate Chomko has built a small, charming menu of farmhouse small plates and artisan grilled cheeses. The latter takes traditional comfort food and drags it into adulthood with inventive flavor combinations such as prosciutto and fig jam. Desserts get a similar upgrade with salted caramel cookies or the Basque cake served with crème fraiche and blood orange syrup. Diners tuck into the gustatory proceedings at intimate tables flanked by cushy chairs support tasting pairs, while the private Vintner's Room features an eye-catching glass table enclosing a riddling rack.