The bike mechanics at Scotts Valley Cycle Sport are experts at prepping velocipedes for a season of safe and smooth riding. During the standard tune-up, technicians will adjust cycles' brakes, derailleur gears, and bearings to make sure riders can fluidly stop on a dime, put the dime in their pocket, and pedal away. After sufficiently lubing cables and chains, the friendly staff will align wheels to steadfastly point toward the North Star. At the end of the tune-up, Cycle Sport's mechanics will wipe down the bicycle and suggest replacements or alternative musical uses for worn-out parts.
Cali Style's collection of hoodies, skate gear, shoes, and accessories exudes a laid-back air, cloaking men and women in apparel and accessories from brands such as O'Neill, Nike, Creature, DC, and Von Zipper. The store’s array of sherpa-lined sweatshirts, trucker hats, and sleek sunglasses celebrates the Golden State's favorite pastimes of surfing, skateboarding, and staring at the sun. A combination of simple, classic colors and flashy insignias girds torsos with Cali Style’s selection of T-shirts, while its stock of shoes comes specially built for mounting downhill skateboards or drop-kicking the ocean.
Caution stand-up paddling encourages seasoned surf-riders and new-wavers alike to take to the waters with a multitude of nautical recreation equipment. Test ride a plethora of watery rides from the 2011 collection as you learn the ins, outs, ebbs, and flows of riding a stand-up board, a hybrid craft that combines the sleek style of a surfboard with the regal dignity of a paddle staff. Friendly instructors guide students through one hour of instruction, followed by one hour of self-paddling through the calm waters of Santa Cruz Harbor, dispensing wisdom nuggets on basic paddleboarding techniques, postures, and proper etiquette when courting eligible waves. If weather permits, aquatic athletes can take to Monterey Bay to more closely commune with otters, seals, and dolphins. For 14 days post lesson, newly enamored paddlers can apply a $120 credit and opt to adopt their own pet board from Caution's stable of coastal fillies (board prices start at $1,115). See the online store to peruse the collection. Classes are based on availability, so call ahead to secure a spot amongst the gentle swells.
Upon moving to the Bay Area from Sweden, the first yarn store Gunilla Leavitt visited was The Golden Fleece, then in a different location. She went on to work in yarn shops all around the Bay for years, earning the title Knitting Doctor for her troubleshooting advice on visitors' projects. Leavitt has recently come full circle by taking over ownership at The Golden Fleece, where she channels her experience and passion for yarn craft into helping a new flock of visitors.
A prismatic array of yarn skeins fills the shelves, in diverse materials that include everything from raw silk and cashmere to alpaca and acrylic-wool blends. Classes and workshops for all skill levels help customers transform that yarn into clothes, as does the store's stock of notions, magic wands, and patterns.