Finding a spot to leave your car may be nightmarish on Valencia and 25th Streets, but at least Natural Resources has on-site stroller parking. For eco-moms who worry about BPA bottles and the waste that disposable diapers create – on top of the challenges of juggling motherhood and a career – Natural Resources is a prenatal and neonatal powerhouse. They help women prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding without the obscene orgy of consumerism most baby stores exhibit, opting instead for support groups, classes and a lending library for all things pertaining to motherhood. Even when committing to a natural birth or an all-organic, homeopathic-heavy home, anxieties around it all can be so overwhelming. Who knew there was such a thing as post-partum euphoria?
Srinika Narayan, MS, LAc has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine for more than a decade. Over the years, she has supplemented her knowledge of herbs and acupuncture by seeking out leaders in the fields of nutrition response testing and biomagnetism and studying under them. She's been able to incorporate these modern therapies with the centuries-old tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, yielding innovative holistic treatments that address her patients' varied conditions. Her unique approach allows her to treat everything from digestive and hormonal issues to skin problems and ice-cream headaches.
When educator Nínive Calegari and author Dave Eggers settled on a storefront for their educational writing center 826 Valencia, they were required—due to zoning laws—to open a store in the space. They found that the interior of the former gym resembled a stripped-down ship—so they dubbed it the Pirate Supply Store. Behind this shop's whimsical stock of eye patches, glass eyes, and nautical-themed prints is the center’s real heart and soul: a writing lab filled with a reading tent, large worktables, and, of course, lots of books. The non-profit, bilingual center draws the talents of trained, volunteer tutors, who each help students aged 6-18 hone their writing skills and develop the formidable biceps of Charles Dickens. Tutors demystify the writing process through a range of free, project-based programs, such as writing workshops, after-school tutoring, and college-readiness programs. Most courses culminate in a student-created and published book, magazine, newspaper, or film—a process that encourages students to collaborate creatively and take ownership of their learning.