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.
After undergoing a serious bike accident, Jaimi Ellison became overwhelmed by the rehabilitation process. Constantly traveling to different appointments at different clinics with different therapists, she wished her needs could be met at one location. Fortunately, Ellison recovered, and drew on her personal experiences to open Santa Cruz Core. Today, this hub for holistic wellness caters to clients with services ranging from personal training to chiropractic care to therapeutic massage. In a semi-private, clinical setting, a dedicated team of personal trainers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and nutritionists provide an integrative approach to wellness and spread the positivity by giving back to the community. Staff members are certified within Santa Cruz, and are working on their national certification.
Californian abodes can emulate the relaxing, laid-back atmosphere of the tropics with the island-inspired, eco-friendly home accoutrements found at Element Home Furnishings. Many of the items in the shop's unique collection were imported from exotic locales or supplied by local businesses. Multicolored flip-flops, banana-leaf journals, and scented candles immediately evoke vacations on the beach, and a selection of artwork invites a second look with signs made of surfboards and vibrant paintings of Hawaiian landscapes. The shop's furniture show room unveils beds and tables constructed out of sustainable materials, such as plantation-grown mahogany and teak, and towering divider screens made of bamboo wrestled from the jowls of a panda.