This plastic smart card kicks loose change to the curb with $15 of preloaded money, which can be used on parking meters and Smart Bicycle Lockers across the city. Drivers simply insert the ParkCard until their initial balance flashes four times. The card then negotiates a gentlemen’s accord with the hermitical meter dweller, agreeing to buy time in 25-cent increments that gradually increase until the desired amount is displayed. As soon as the curbside patron removes the card, the transaction is complete and the amount shown is subtracted from the card’s balance. Unused time can be credited back to your ParkCard by using the same method upon return. ParkCards may be refilled at Pay-by-Space machines.
We sell self-help books and software so divorcing couples can save lots of money on legal fees, while avoiding a legal battle in cour with all the typical emotional pain and suffering. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary, and the fact that our products have saved the public billions in legal fees since 1971.
Sick of buying expensive supplies and having to adhere to a class schedule just to create art, Jennifer Kurtz Rubin started the first of her chain of ceramic lounges in 1993. Each Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge is designed as a social and creative space, one that all customers can use to express themselves artistically while catching up with friends. The lounge throws open its doors for both kids and adults to decorate clay bisque pieces, such as mugs and salad bowls, with a bounty of colorful supplies, never worrying about cleanup afterward. Once they’re complete, the art pieces are glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in a few days. And because artists can stay for a whole afternoon or just 30 minutes, the lounge even grants a few moments of creativity to patrons with the busiest schedules. The company also goes beyond casual art making to host parties for kids and adults, in which they can bring in live music, serve food, and train scoops of ice cream to paint their own bowls.
Whenever she strolled down a sandy beach or marveled at the redwoods of a lush forest, LeTa Jussila would be reminded that Santa Cruz was the most beautiful place in the world. It seemed a shame to her that most people spent so much of their days inside houses and offices rather than taking advantage of the diverse landscapes of their surroundings. Inspired, she spearheaded the foundation of Optimal Health and Fitness—a multidimensional outdoor-fitness program.
Today, LeTa and her staff of trainers conduct energetic boot-camp classes at local beaches, forests, and mountain trails. They use the tools of their surroundings as exercise equipment, running up park stairs for a cardio workout or curling plump raccoons to strengthen their biceps. Encouraging well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, the instructors also conduct seminars on holistic topics such as stress management and meditation. Nutrition specialists, meanwhile, provide students with balanced meal plans and supervise detoxifying cleanses. The staff also offers various treatments popularized in the East, including traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments and rejuvenating qi gong stretching classes.
Granted six Gold Awards in 2011 by Santa Cruz Weekly, Stripe Design Group provides a halfway house for one-of-a-kind handpicked goods, including locally made edibles, international houseware finds, and vintage furnishings. Liven up tea time with a robin’s-egg blue creamer pitcher ($16), crumpet-coating Serendipity jam ($10) created by a mother-daughter team, and the scandalous news that you’re switching to coffee. The Magellan’s Voyage necklace ($25), constructed from a vintage compass, grants exclusive access to due north, and the white ceramic egg rack ($14) stylishly houses a dozen eggs as they wait to fulfill their omelet destinies.
NextSpace furnishes a collaborative workspace and fosters a community for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other independent professionals. With a no-commitment, one-month membership (a $375 value, plus a $40 included administration fee), café members are welcome to grab a seat alongside others in a productive coffee-shop-like space, taking advantage of the wireless and wired commercial broadband Internet, a networked printer, scanner, fax machine, utilities, and basic janitorial services. The keycard (a $15 value) grants 24/7 access to conference rooms and a copier ($0.10/page for black-and-white printing, $0.25/page for color printing), and card carriers also receive complimentary coffee, tea, and caffeine-dispensing helmets. A range of events, such as brown-bag lunch gatherings, members-only email-discussion lists, lectures, and happy hours, extend the experience beyond the office like a tender birch tree stretching its limbs to high-five a nearby druid.