West Coast Flooring Center's expert ground coverers guide clients through a wide selection of brands, such as Shaw, Mohawk, Fabrica, Royalty, Beaulieu, and Masland. Homeowners shield family-room floors with hardwood ($2.99+/sq. ft.) and cover bedroom floors with carpet ($1.49+/sq. ft.). Laminate floors ($0.99+/sq. ft.) do their best to imitate their wooden brethren, and natural stone floors ($1.49+/sq. ft.) connect bare feet with nature, minus the danger of going outdoors—the place science has shown most likely to harbor fierce lions, biting cold, and unnecessary phone books. West Coast Flooring Center also dabbles in granite countertops and area rugs.
Every garment that comes into The Cleaners Club goes through a six-step cleaning process the starts with an inspection and ends with custom packaging. The employees behind the process all have a minimum of five years of dry-cleaning experience and underwent a two-month training program before being hired. This dedication to quality service and educated staff has been The Cleaners Club mantra since the company's inception in 1985, and it's helped them develop long-standing partnerships with corporations including Ralphs and Vons. Both locations use nontoxic hydrocarbon solvents designed to cleanse garments and upholstery without perchloroethylene—an environmentally unfriendly chemical used by many dry cleaners and Mother Nature's rebellious nephew.
The technicians at BnK Chem-Dry pride themselves on using one-fifth of the water and none of the toxic chemicals used by traditional steam carpet cleaning. Their carbonated cleaning method works by creating bubbles that lift embedded grime out of recesses before hot-water extraction carries it away. Since cleaned carpets take only a few hours to dry instead of a whole day, there is less chance of mold or mildew growing deep within carpets, and homeowners can return to their pie-juggling practices after but a short wait. The BnK Chem-Dry cleaning technique can also be applied to area rugs and upholstery, keeping sofas and recliners fresh and dirt-free. Hard surfaces can also benefit from BnK’s methods, with treatments tailored for tile and grout.
Crush Italian Cuisine and Lounge chefs Jason Colabove and Mike Lina make a point of sourcing their ingredients from local vendors: they track down farm-fresh produce and procure seafood from the environmentally responsible Carlsbad Aquafarm. But they put equal emphasis on the way those ingredients are prepared. "I was surprised and delighted at how perfectly each shrimp was cooked," gushed a writer for the San Diego Reader after a visit to the restaurant's Solana Beach location. "The flavor was plate-licking luscious."
Shrimp is just one of the kitchen's specialties. The chefs also craft home-style meatballs with bursts of basil pesto, toss apples with spiced pecans and currants, and simmer ragu sauce for six hours, coaxing out rich flavors in each dish. Sheep's-milk ricotta lends bolognese tagliatelle a creamy bite, and market fresh fish are prepared with seasonal accents. Patrons can listen to live music in the sleek, modern lounge or converse around the bed of flames at the center of the fire-pit table, which will quickly consume any friends' scarves that you quietly position over it.
OneSpaRetreat tends carefully to hands, feet, and noses with a trifecta of protrusion pampering. The hand-and-foot scrub rescues buried-alive skin from layers of dead cover ($40). In addition to standard filing and trimming, the 40-minute spa manicure includes a nail-strengthening treatment, ensuring the guardians of your body’s fingerprints can fend off plagiarizers and nosy detectives ($55). A hand-and-arm massage relaxes tense reachers, giving them back the strength to low five toes after the 50-minute pedicure concludes ($65). Callous removal and an aromatic foot soak appear among the pedicure’s perks, as well as a foot-and-leg massage that makes unmassaged trunks pout with jealousy. A 20-minute aromatherapy steam treatment concludes the experience, sending soothing smells into your brain’s nose while your mind’s eye admires freshly polished nails ($40).
Harnessing millions of microscopic cleaning bubbles, Chem-Dry treats all types of floor tapestries to thorough and nontoxic scrub-downs. Powered by a proprietary hot carbonated-extraction system, Town & Country Chem-Dry’s tidying experts will clean two rooms of carpeting (stairs and hallways are not included in this deal), using less water and more suction than steam cleaners. During scrubbings, fabric aficionados will expertly apply The Natural, a proprietary cleaning solution that lifts dirt to the surface, where it can be sucked away by the vortex power of a PowerHead cleaning unit. Chem-Dry's nontoxic solutions make carpets safe for children, pets, and lint-mining Lilliputians.