Anthony's Christmas Trees & Wreaths has seen 60 Christmas seasons come and go. The company's founder, Anthony Dal Bello, got his start in 1953, when he helped a neighbor arrange Christmas trees around her small grocery store. Six decades later, he continues to trade in the spirit of cheer and generosity. He sets up shop at Earl Warren Showgrounds each year and displays his Noble firs, Douglas firs, and Nordmann firs alongside custom wreathes, garlands, and accessories. Patrons may peruse the trees and make their own selections or provide a personal shopper with their desired tree parameters.
Rallying 20 years of bodywork experience, nationally certified acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist Robert James Cutter takes a comprehensive approach to each massage session instead of adhering to a one-size-fits-all philosophy. Depending on his client's needs, he integrates a variety of modalities including sports, deep-tissue, shiatsu, and biodynamic-craniosacral therapy, tweaking the amount of pressure based on client cues and the readings culled from each muscle's built-in barometer. In order to help promote better body balance and overall wellness, Robert also pulls from his training in oriental medicine to incorporate methods such as acupuncture and herbal remedies.
Depending on their beauty goals, the clients of About Faces Salon & Spa report to one of several aesthetic divisions. Owner Denise Walden Cooper, for example, acts as the resident skincare expert. With her aesthetics team behind her, she leads the fight against blemishes and signs of aging with products from Dermalogica and Jane Iredale. She also takes advantage of newer technologies, such as a facial add-on that uses stem cells from plants, striving to increase collagen production and allow flowers placed behind your ear to root there permanently.
Across the space, whose beige walls are accented by oversize mirrors, wooden salon stations, and shelving stocked with colorful products for sale, hairstylists craft both edgy and simple 'dos. Their Redken, Goldwell, and Pureology formulas nourish and color locks, and their complex updos prep clients for big events. Mani-pedis, waxing services, body treatments, and massages round out the salon's menu, which readily accommodates large groups and wedding parties.
There’s no one way to tan at European Sun. Alongside UV-free Mystic spray tans, the facility hosts a variety of beds, from standards and standups to turbos, which rocket passengers straight into the sun’s orbit. To maximize results, guests can lather up with designer lotions made by top brands such as Jwoww and Playboy. And European Sun’s skin-care doesn’t stop at bronzing. Inside the facility’s aesthetician room, specialists perform skin-smoothing treatments such as body waxing and acne facials.
The Channel Islands YMCA has been around for 125 of the greater YMCA’s 170-year existence. In that time, the volunteer-run, volunteer-led outpost—a branch of the six-location Channel Islands YMCA network—has been a stalwart steward of the nationwide organization, striving toward the overarching mission of fostering well-rounded individuals through increased self-esteem, healthy lifestyles, and an appreciation for the outdoors.
Three core tenets guide the organization's list of programs and events: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Whether visitors take part in a pickup game inside the basketball gym, take swimming lessons in the lap pool, or attend an overnight camp, they’re contributing to the sustainment of a strong community and celebrating a decades-old tradition.
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While alchemists never managed to transmute lead into gold, Geneva De la Rouge may be considered a modern alchemist. She uses her knowledge of the aesthetic elements—essential oils, nutrient-rich clay, and other natural ingredients—to transform skin from looking timeworn to youthful. Geneva customizes her elixirs to suit a wide range of skin types, which she differentiates by using the five elements of Chinese medicine as a guide. For each of these elements, such as fire—which is responsible for blotchy red skin—Geneva employs the elemental opposite, balancing dry skin with moisture, sallow skin with nutrients, and irritated skin with a fire extinguisher.