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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.
Standard gyms let members loose in rooms full of fancy exercise equipment, where they're free to choose the variety and intensity of their workouts. Unfortunately, they're also free to make mistakes without even knowing it, which can lead to injuries and stunted fitness goals. That's why Fitness Revolution Petaluma centers on a different fitness philosophy: instead of rooms full of equipment, they have a facility full of fitness professionals who lead a programs tailored to members' current fitness levels. Whether in group training sessions, yoga, youth sports performance, or their variety of specialty workshops, the experts rely on simple equipment and exercises that mimic the body's natural movements to help members reach goals faster than a soccer player with rocket cleats.
Elite Brights’ at-home advanced teeth-whitening kit lets users buff molars and blanch incisors without swapping plush recliners for dentist chairs. After a routine tooth brushing, flossing, and fang sharpening, customers apply the kit’s pale-making gel to a plastic whitening tray. They then install the tray securely in the mouth and fit an LED light against the front teeth to activate the gel’s hydrogen peroxide cleaning agent, brightening chompers without harming preexisting dental fixtures, such as permanent harmonicas. The kit comes with enough gel for 2–5 whitening treatments, allowing clients to spread their dental purification over time.
Incorporating lifting, basic gymnastics, and cardio, CrossFit Absolute bolsters bodies with a broad fitness formula, used in high-intensity locales such as police academies and military special-operations units. Small-group classes contain four to eight participants who boost group mind as they fortify bodies for fitness with squats, sit-ups, push-ups, and heart-pumping pinky crunches. CrossFit promises universal scalability, meaning that loads and intensities of classes may be adjusted to accommodate anyone from a bench-pressing neophyte to a champion heavyweight capable of crushing a brick with a sneeze. CrossFit schedules its svelte-sessions all day Monday–Saturday.
Backdropped by Union Street's romantic sights, from Gough to Steiner, and Fillmore Street's illustrious shops, from Union to Lombard, the third annual Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk fills glasses with vine-ripened flavors from around the state and across the world. Although this event is free to the public, pass holders enjoy free access to wine tastings, saving them the trouble of fumbling with billfolds and retina scanners. Participating wineries include Cresten’s Eden Canyon Vineyards, Rosa d’Oro Vineyards, and Terra Sávia, a champion of organic wine. Myriad merchants complement the wine sipping with opportunities for singles or couples to browse such bountiful commodities as organic food and lingerie. Although parking is available downtown, attendants are encouraged to consider public-transportation options so they can leave their cars, trucks, and saddled walruses at home.
The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf introduces visitors to more than 250 of history's most notable personas with a labyrinth of realistic sculptures situated in elaborate displays. More than 50 scenes span the entire museum, providing ample room for the paraffin personalities to depict a millennium of historic milestones and portray the contemporary world's most popular candles. Wax artisans craft an array of themed exhibits including the far-reaching History section, in which humanitarians, scientists, artists, and dictators live out the impacts they placed on the world. In the Palace of Living Art, patrons witness the inception of their favorite masterpieces, admiring as Mona Lisa sits for her immortal portrait. King Tut's Magnificent Tomb unveils the life of one of the ancient world's most well-known rulers, and the Presidential Library brings past U.S. leaders together to finally determine which one left the milk out.
From an early age, native San Franciscans Cynthia Yee and Ruby Tsang found themselves fascinated with their native culture and its ties to ancient beliefs and the supernatural. Now, through SF Chinatown Ghost Tours, native guides immerse guests in the mysticism, folklore, and history of the U.S.’s oldest Chinese community during themed walking tours. Wandering down dimly lit streets, patrons see the sites of former gambling dens, riots, and antique shops specializing in Mogwai. A daytime cookie factory tour meanders past historic Chinatown sights including a Taoist temple, food markets, and a fortune cookie factory, letting guests munch on cookies where the renowned biscuit was invented.
Its rapid rise chronicled in in Forbes, Men’s Journal, and a parcel of other press, Hiking Yoga has sent massive waves of invigorated bliss washing up and down the west coast since its 2009 founding. Each of its outdoor excursions melds the cardio workout of hiking with the stretching and measured breaths of yoga. Certified instructors lead pupils through scenic vistas, or, in early-morning sessions, impressionistic dreamscapes, as they alternate between heart-pumping strides and yoga breaks suitable for neophytes and the pretzel-capable alike.
Bay City Bike serves as the brick-and-mortar trailhead for bikers looking to cruise through the scenic streets and notable sites of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Cyclists can ask staffers for directions to a number of scenic routes, including a path that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and crosses into Sausalito, mountain-bike trails through the Marin Headlands, or tours of historic locales such as the Palace of Fine Arts or the famed phone booth known for letting people teleport out of Alcatraz.
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BBO Poker Tables' casino-style V5 Series specialized table seats up to nine gamblers and one dealer along its pillowy perimeter. Vinyl-leather padding cradles elbows around the table, while 3-inch offset stainless steel cup holders cosset beverages or lucky rabbit's feet. Each table's steel-welded frame supports up to 200 pounds, allowing gamblers to fearlessly rake chip mounds or gold-plated anvils across its sturdy surface. After games wrap up, owners can collapse the table's steel legs to shimmy it into narrow storage spaces.
Focus-Grow serves small businesses in S.F. with bookkeeping matters. We also do sales and payroll tax reporting (not income tax.) We use Quickbooks mostly. Besides compilation work, we also help with set-up on Quickbooks, review and cleanup clients work, and coach/train clients or their employees.
Supercloset educates gardeners about the advantages of hydroponic growing for local, sustainable, and organic herbs and vegetables. Since 2002, the company has worked to develop indoor-gardening technology that helps to expand the potential of healthy plants. Each 2'x4'x7' SuperRoom features air-cooled lights, timers for complete automation, digital temperature and hygrometer readouts, and digital ballasts to maintain safe light output. An internal-circulation fan helps to control the temperature inside of each solar-simulation chamber and an electrical ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) adapter also provides added safety. An instructional DVD is included with each standard indoor-gardening package to properly educate gardeners on how to keep giants from invading living rooms via beanstalks.
When Claire Weinkauf approached five St. Helena wineries with her idea for a wine-tasting passport, she was greeted with unflinching cooperation. Instead of bristling at their competition, the winemakers at each site decided to join forces to entice patrons with their aromatic, sippable wares. Because the Napa Valley area is so rich with vineyards and natural attractions, Passport St. Helena condenses the wine-tasting experience into an easy jaunt along five blocks of downtown St. Helena.
The five wineries along the passport route each offer something a little different. The Clif Family Winery crafts special climber blends sourced from local mountain vineyards, while the St. Helena Wine Center cultivates rare flavors from regional and international vineyards. Long Meadow Ranch Winery combines quality flavors with an eco-friendly outlookthe winery’s solar panels supply its electric needs and biodiesel fuels power its farm equipment and robot grape pickers. Merryvale was the first winery built in the Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, enchanting guests with landscaped gardens and a historical cask room with giant barrels stacked from floor to ceiling. Tamber Bey Vineyards brews cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay with grapes all plucked from its pair of estate vineyards. As enophiles move through the wineries, they’re equally enticed by wine samples as they are by the product and activity discounts the passport also provides.
Husband-and-wife team Adrianne and Alexander Izaguirre established Petal House Cleaning to perform the housecleaning work that homeowners do not have time to do themselves. Extensively trained and fully insured, Adrianne and Alexander can be directed to carry out a wide variety of cleaning tasks from dusting, vacuuming, and mopping to sanitizing bathrooms, kitchens, and pet rocks. The duo is willing to complete a background check, drug screening, or mad libs story prior to any cleaning job to maintain a comfortable level of trust between them and their clients.