Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning Center’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them to firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chest. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids to feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
Located on Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, OldTown Furniture and Furniture Depot outfit homes and businesses with classic pieces of high-quality bedroom, dining, and living-room furniture. True to its name, OldTown Furniture epitomizes a simpler, bygone age: it's a family business passed down from generation to generation, with handmade solid-wood furniture and no fully automated robot sales staff. Patrons marvel at traditional handiwork in Amish furniture such as cherry or oak tables and chairs and admire the functional, handsome construction of American-made entertainment centers and office furnishings. Vintage signs brighten up dens and offices, and bedroom sets from collections such as Americana and Edwardian grace chambers with elegance.
Paul Murphy Photography’s trained photographers specialize in the art of the portrait, documenting life with sittings that commemorate everything from pregnancies and weddings to family reunions and high-school graduations. They work in the studio or at outdoor settings and will gladly share the location and clothing recommendations needed to take pictures from good to great. In addition to people portraits, they also shoot nonhuman subjects, such as cars, boats, or horses. No matter the subject matter, they will proudly display their color, black-and-white, or sepia photos in custom slide shows, framed portraits, and on photo bags heavy with old, nonphotographable memories.
Napa Valley Adventure Boot Camp owner Jeff Larson and his team of trainers know all about breaking a sweat. Each day, they challenge their students with fitness classes that string cardio and resistance workouts into a challenging chain of intense exercise. They also understand that water and electronics don't mix—instead of hosting their classes inside gyms filled with treadmills and stationary bikes, they stage their regimens outdoors, fortifying their workouts with rejuvenating sunrays and the encouraging shrieks of onlooking robins.
On his website, Dr. Gary Arabatyan compares his dental practice to artistry. “I view my patient’s smile as my canvas,” he says, a paint-splattered toothbrush in his hand. Using his years of experience, Dr. Arabatyan transforms grins into visual masterpieces by cleaning mouths, whitening teeth, and replacing chipped enamel with ceramic fronts, crafted in-house. The artistic attention to detail also extends to the practice’s furnishings. Guests can dreamily gaze into a saltwater fish tank and enjoy DVDs in each treatment room.