Since 1982, three generations of a Santa Cruz farming family have opened the farm’s gates between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to equip fellow community members with bountiful white and douglas firs for the holiday season. Families walk the fields to pick out their perfect tree and browse the selection of fresh wreaths and local honey, after which they set up a brought lunch at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the view.
A hub for custom glasswork and hardware, Los Gatos Glass boasts the largest glass and shower show room in the Bay Area. Homeowners can stop in to glean ideas for custom shower enclosures, eschewing light-blocking materials such as ceramic tile or the moon in exchange for clean, clear, and airy dividers made of tempered safety glass. Then, no matter what they might dream up—from curved glass doors to frosted-glass sliding walls—the company’s glass artisans turn these ideas into reality at their in-house fabrication facility.
The licensed and bonded craftsmen at Athena Maintenance & Construction approach every repair and maintenance job with a fresh perspective. They know every home is different, which is why they take time assessing each painting project, window replacement, electrical repair, and carpentry job before quoting an estimate. The benefit of this extra care not only shows in the quality of the labor, but it also keeps expenses within the client's budget.
With hundreds of exciting exhibits and two seminar stages, the 31st-annual South Bay Home & Garden Show displays the latest trends in home design and pairs homeowners with top remodeling experts. Use your ticket ($10 at the door, $7 online; $8 for seniors at the door, $5 for seniors online) to browse the exhibitors' newest products and home solutions, with displays on decorating, home accents, interior design, and remodeling offering ideas for bedrooms, kitchens, and Batcaves. Guests for this year's event include Ahmed Hassan, the landscaping mastermind of DIY Network's Yard Crashers and Turf War, who'll give tips on how to spruce up the backyard. The Wine Guy Unplugged host Anthony Gilardi will also make appearances on Saturday and Sunday to film segments for his show while leading visitors in an exquisite wine tasting.
The founders of Aaron's Moving know that a quality moving business requires more than an army of workers with biceps capable of hurling meteors back into space. The family-run business prides itself on a team of movers who are strong inside and out. The company never hires day laborers, recruiting only experienced, trained, and background-checked movers.
On moving days, workers arrive punctually in trucks sized to match the job, from one-bedroom apartments to homes with pianos. During the move, insurance options set owners' minds at ease, and a wide selection of supplies—including boxes, bubble wrap, and wardrobe boxes—muffles the hemming and hawing of mustachioed marble busts. Their professional packing services make transit easier and protect delicate items, and the staff labels each box to make unpacking less confusing later.