When people are ill, they usually either make a doctor's appointment or lie in bed and wait it out. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has created a third option. Visits to its stores, which are scattered across the western US, are more casual than a doctor's visit but less passive than bed rest. Each location's team of health experts, including credentialed pharmacists, naturopathic doctors, herbalists, nutritionists, and more, consult with customers?no appointment needed.
But Pharmaca aims to serve its customers every day, not just on sick days. Its stores have been drawing droves of clients since 2000, partly because they meet so many needs in just one spot. Visitors can get prescriptions filled at a full-service pharmacy and browse shelves of homeopathic remedies, supplements, and over-the-counter health and beauty products. Much of the selection is curated with sustainability and organic ingredients in mind?hence cameos from brands such as Tom's of Maine, Dr. Hauschka, and Seventh Generation. The focus on sustainability extends into details, too. Customers get a credit when they bring their own bags instead of hauling away their purchases on a riding lawn mower.
The piney scents of douglas firs, white firs, and scotch pines waft through the grounds of Summit Christmas Tree Farm, an 80-acre farm located just east of Highway 17. After finding a tree of the right size and height, customers take part in a time-honored holiday tradition: chopping it down with tools provided by the farm. All that chopping can work up an appetite, which is why the Cub Scouts operate an onsite snack shack.
Whether setting long locks into romantic curls, lightening a pixie cut to an edgy blond hue, or coloring hair with cotton-candy pinks and lavenders, Paige Chand is prepared to give clients a style that suits their personality. She performs both cut and color services as well as semi-permanent straightening treatments and special-occasion styling for a wedding or half-marathon. She pulls from the salon's high-end collection of professional haircare serums, which includes styling products from Kevin Murphy, Pureology, PRIV?, and Ecru.
Almaden Valley Aesthetics? medical director, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Agheg M. Yenikomshian, leads a team of medical aestheticians and registered nurses that never perform exactly the same a procedure twice. The professional staff specializes in procedures including skin tightening, fraxels, photofacials, and cellulite reduction. Those looking to minimize the appearance of wrinkles may also enlist their expertise in administering facial fillers, collagen builders, and Dysport or Botox injections. In addition to its catalogue of medical services, the team also tailors non-invasive beautifying services to each client?s specific needs, whether they are minimizing stubble through laser hair removal or rejuvenating faces with various peels. Microdermabrasion treatments buff away dead skin while spa-style facials can hydrate skin, infuse pores with Vitamin C, or address common teen skin imperfections such as acne and drivers-ed notes jotted on the forehead.
At Big T's Seafood Market Bar, the staff scrawls the daily offerings on a giant chalkboard that hangs overhead. From the tanks, visitors can pick live seafood that's then cooked in one of five styles?raw, grilled, steamed, boiled, or fried?paired with a cold beer from one of the taps. In addition to classics such as fried oysters, shrimp cocktail, and giant king crab legs, Big T's also offers a wide array of more unusual sea creatures, such as razor clams, snails, and uni?tender, raw sea urchin.