Nine Rubies offers a large array of patterns and craft books, in addition to yarn in multifarious hues and fibers for your ocular delight. Pick up a skein of Malabrigo Silky Merino ($9.95) to give any garment the polish of silk with a wool-yarn drape, or opt for the Plymouth Encore Colorspun Worsted yarn ($5.80), just right for baby garments, Afghans, and vagabonds' bindles. The Malabrigo Lace Buscando Azul ($8.80) is spun from high-quality merino yarn for lacey projects, while each sphere of the organic cotton-based Be Sweet Bambino Taffy ($11) features five colors that self stripe as you knit and includes a free baby hat pattern inside its label to inspire projects or convince your pet tarantula that it's time to start a family.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets. Blended drinks dominate the menu, with options including fruit refreshers—made with naturally hydrating, electrolytic coconut water—and pre-boosted smoothies that can fill nutritional gaps with infusions of protein, immunity boosters, or antioxidants that neutralize accidentally swallowed pool water. The drink list also includes organic house-blend coffee and Mighty Leaf teas flavored with hibiscus flowers or peppermint. For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents a trio of california flatbreads, each packing only about 320–420 calories, which can be pleasantly capped off with cups of Whirl’ns frozen yogurt.
Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
Sharona's Chocolate Shop counts both international and domestic sweet treats among its enticing inventory. Celebrate the season with chocolates in fall-themed designs, such as milk chocolate ganache in the shape of a pumpkin ($3) or an eyeball-shaped sweet ($3) boasting a 20/20 vision of peanut butter, strawberry preserves, caramelized rice puffs, and white chocolate. Chocoholics can binge on bulk orders of Sharona's treats, with toffee ($24), dark-chocolate sea-salt caramels ($30), and a pound of mixed offerings ($50) for marathon-masticating under the menacing moonlight.
Max Muscle found its feet in 1990, when a group of athletes set out to build a brand of supplements that would effectively boost performance. From this concept grew a national sports-nutrition franchise, with a spectrum of supplements that helps to nurture weight loss, maintain overall health, bolster muscle mass, and build endurance for marathon games of Go Fish. At more than 100 locations across the United States and through an expansive online store, Max’s muscle mavens dispense multivitamins and protein shakes to both solo customers and affiliated personal trainers. Max Muscle locations also aid customers in beginning their wellness journey through nutrition consultations, where certified staff members draft nutrition plans tailored to clients’ specific bodily needs and lifestyle.
Dinner can be a hectic affair, and some families find that getting a filling, nutritious meal onto the table every night is sometimes exhausting. Knowing that dining out every night can quickly break the budget, entrepreneur Jay Cornwall decided to bridge the gap between takeout and at-home meals with a menu of freshly prepared pasta, ravioli, sauce, and entrees that can be fashioned into a full meal in less than 10 minutes. Every day, his chefs create a selection of 24 pastas, 15 sauces, and a signature entree, as well as mac 'n' cheese and lasagna. Chefs also curate a range of sides, bread, and wine, and even offer pairing advice on complementary flavors.