HipCompass pairs a digital travel magazine with an online women’s boutique stocked with fashionable travel supplies and lightweight garments. The magazine and blog guide shopping decisions with edifying weekly columns, innovative travel tips, and photographs of exotic locales, helping patrons plan trips to the Penghu archipelago for fishing or to Machu Picchu to gather inspiration for Lego forts. Focusing on a wide swath of excursions, from budget solo jaunts to luxurious family getaways, HipCompass helps travelers of all stripes prepare for the journeys ahead.
Signature service: Gluten-free living consultation
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
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Once a costumer for TV shows including House and Weeds, Tami Macala switched careers midstream when she discovered the art of creating mosaics, according to a Santa Barbara Sentinel profile. She started mosaicking everything from fireplaces to fountains to other, lesser mosaics, eventually landing high-profile projects at the Florida Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Arby’s restaurants.
After more than a decade of working as a professional mosaic artist, Tami opened the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art (SBSMA). At the school, Tami and guest artists from near and far teach how to trick out tables with colorful shingles, coax gently luminous Mexican smalti into intricate patterns, or fuse glass for even more complex designs. Students can pick up tools and tiles at the SBSMA supply store and drop by during lab hours to work on independent projects.
Shine Blow Dry Bar offers upscale blow-dry services to residents of Santa Barbara and beyond. During treatments, a team of expert stylists wash hair with fragrant and hydrating shampoos as guests sip champagne or nibble gourmet cupcakes. After relaxing scalp massages, the stylists break out the blow-dryers, fluffing and curling hair into red-carpet-ready ‘dos that are perfect for special occasions or memorable nights out. Shine currently operates two locations, both sporting a classic, feminine vibe with cream-colored walls, sparkling chandeliers, and ornate mirrors that reflect each guest's elaborate princess gown.
Killer B Fitness boosts health and vigor with an intense group fitness schedule led by a team of exercise experts eager to give personal support. During cycling classes, a projection screen at the front of the studio displays cyclists' heart rates while demonstrating the forward progress attained by spinning stationary wheels. One-hour strength classes make muscular fibers squeal, with plyometrics and props including medicine balls, weights, stretch bands, and ab dollies. Cardio classes increase the tempo of internal snare drums as muscle metronomes pulse with core and resistance reps.