After pursuing a media-focused career, during which she worked for MTV and in marketing, advertising, and special events for an entertainment company, Jennie Channer collaborated with her father and brother to open a full-service salon and spa in 2007. Today, the Chicago native's team of skilled stylists, colorists, and spa specialists attracts an assortment of clientele, including a woman who's been coming in every other week since opening day and a 4-year-old girl who refers to each staffer as "girlfriend" or "boyfriend." Clients can choose from a variety of salon-spa services, ranging from haircuts with coloring to pampering packages specifically designed for expectant mothers. Because Blueberry Moon is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa, all products are composed of 96%-naturally derived ingredients extracted from high-quality botanicals and distilled Mother Nature kisses.
Before officially opening the doors to the public, Jennie put the salon-spa?located inside a building more than 100 years old?through a complete gut renovation to unearth its rich history and hidden brick walls. She then added morsels of local history by installing fixtures she acquired from a local salvage yard, including the former front door of a demolished Gold Coast mansion and an old printing table from historical Printers Row. Jennie has also been modernizing the salon-spa to minimize its effect on the environment, incorporating technologies such as a reverse-osmosis water-filtration system and energy-efficient light bulbs filled with immortal fireflies.
As the lead designer for a large contractor, Alon David frequently contacted photographers to snap photos of his team?s work. However, his aesthetic preferences rarely matched up with the photographer?s, so he began to do the job himself. After the hobby blossomed into a passion, Alon decided to open his own photography studio.
Since then, he's brought his keen eye for design to his primarily outdoor photo shoots with kids, couples, and families. He often experiments with camera angles, snagging eye-level shots of toddlers to view the world from their point of view, or snapping overhead pictures of his young subjects to capture their innocence and curiosity. He likes to tinker with the focus, too, shifting between large and shallow depths of fields to focus on one subject and make the other blurrier than a cheetah in a sports car. The resulting black-and-white, sepia, or color photos are always carefully framed around the location, such as the large exposed roots of a Moreton Bay fig tree at Balboa Park.
Growing up, photographs were an important part of Bill Keane’s life. His parents prized portrait photography and snapped photos of Bill as a baby and on their family vacations. In his early 20s, these photos served as a way of reconnecting with his parents after their passing. He went on to hone his shutter savvy by working out of his college dorm room to take wedding photos in 1968. Today, the art of photography has evolved immensely—but Bill's love of telling stories through images has endured.
Bill and his staff of seasoned professionals expertly capture family memories during photo sessions. Their specialties include Baby Steps pictures to chronicle young ones' first years, family photos to record rare acts of family members remaining still, and senior portraits to commemorate high-school years.
Featured in numerous television and online media, the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash showcases trendy apparel from more than 50 designers, as well as accessories from chic lines such as Jay Clay Jewelry, Divine Sole Boutique, and Frederick's of Hollywood. Style mavens descend on the event to sample cocktails and relax in an onsite spa lounge. Visitors also take advantage of discounts on handbags and accessories from locally based brands. At the end of the day, select attendees go home with eco-friendly, reusable tote bags, which are filled with coupons, certificates, and at least $30 worth of beauty products from brands such as Pureology and TanTowel, including lip balm, compact mirrors, and envy balm to apply directly to the eyes of coworkers jealous of your ensemble.
LifeTab's masterful massage therapists draw from backgrounds as holistic healers, therapists, and yogis to inform their current practice of healing the body through touch. They use techniques that include hot-stone, sports, and pregnancy massage. Smooth, heated stones settle onto muscles and nerve clusters during hot-stone therapy, melting away stress frozen into the body during that ill-considered stint spent pledging the Polar Bear Club. The therapists' strong hands sweep across skin during purely pampering Swedish massage sessions, and those same hands can unstiffen joints and musculature during sports-style massages. Expectant mothers can safely put their precious health in the hands of the therapists, who can deploy inner-body adjustments to comfort parent and child during the tiniest sort of couples massage.
Launched as a walking-tour company in 2003, Where You Want to Be Tours features a variety of custom adventures designed to show off the beauty of San Diego to locals and tourists. Most adventures last more than two hours, so tourists have plenty of time to stop and sightsee at spots such as Balboa Park and the shores of La Jolla. Today, the company has formed a set of all new clues and hidden gems and has also expanded its offerings with bike tours of locations such as Pacific Beach and Mission Bay and scavenger hunt adventures, which present a hands-on approach to urban exploration, turning tour routes into racecourses and throwing in physical challenges, including Frisbee-throwing contests.