Crush Italian Cuisine and Lounge chefs Jason Colabove and Mike Lina make a point of sourcing their ingredients from local vendors: they track down farm-fresh produce and procure seafood from the environmentally responsible Carlsbad Aquafarm. But they put equal emphasis on the way those ingredients are prepared. "I was surprised and delighted at how perfectly each shrimp was cooked," gushed a writer for the San Diego Reader after a visit to the restaurant's Solana Beach location. "The flavor was plate-licking luscious."
Shrimp is just one of the kitchen's specialties. The chefs also craft home-style meatballs with bursts of basil pesto, toss apples with spiced pecans and currants, and simmer ragu sauce for six hours, coaxing out rich flavors in each dish. Sheep's-milk ricotta lends bolognese tagliatelle a creamy bite, and market fresh fish are prepared with seasonal accents. Patrons can listen to live music in the sleek, modern lounge or converse around the bed of flames at the center of the fire-pit table, which will quickly consume any friends' scarves that you quietly position over it.
Every garment that comes into The Cleaners Club goes through a six-step cleaning process the starts with an inspection and ends with custom packaging. The employees behind the process all have a minimum of five years of dry-cleaning experience and underwent a two-month training program before being hired. This dedication to quality service and educated staff has been The Cleaners Club mantra since the company's inception in 1985, and it's helped them develop long-standing partnerships with corporations including Ralphs and Vons. Both locations use nontoxic hydrocarbon solvents designed to cleanse garments and upholstery without perchloroethylene—an environmentally unfriendly chemical used by many dry cleaners and Mother Nature's rebellious nephew.
West Coast Flooring Center's expert ground coverers guide clients through a wide selection of brands, such as Shaw, Mohawk, Fabrica, Royalty, Beaulieu, and Masland. Homeowners shield family-room floors with hardwood ($2.99+/sq. ft.) and cover bedroom floors with carpet ($1.49+/sq. ft.). Laminate floors ($0.99+/sq. ft.) do their best to imitate their wooden brethren, and natural stone floors ($1.49+/sq. ft.) connect bare feet with nature, minus the danger of going outdoors—the place science has shown most likely to harbor fierce lions, biting cold, and unnecessary phone books. West Coast Flooring Center also dabbles in granite countertops and area rugs.
The technicians at BnK Chem-Dry pride themselves on using one-fifth of the water and none of the toxic chemicals used by traditional steam carpet cleaning. Their carbonated cleaning method works by creating bubbles that lift embedded grime out of recesses before hot-water extraction carries it away. Since cleaned carpets take only a few hours to dry instead of a whole day, there is less chance of mold or mildew growing deep within carpets, and homeowners can return to their pie-juggling practices after but a short wait. The BnK Chem-Dry cleaning technique can also be applied to area rugs and upholstery, keeping sofas and recliners fresh and dirt-free. Hard surfaces can also benefit from BnK’s methods, with treatments tailored for tile and grout.
Exfoliating strawberry sugar scrubs, anti-aging grape stem cells, and hydrating combos of jojoba and shea butter. The trained aestheticians at SSense Inc The Spa at Sterling Inn use this arsenal of ingredients to rejuvenate clients with full-body wraps and scrubs. After careful epidermal analyses, skincare therapists continue the pampering with customized facials for every skin type, which include upgraded Sterling facials with full extractions, eye treatments, and massages for scalps, hands, and feet. Registered massage therapists soothe muscles with therapeutic, hot-stone, and relaxation techniques, and leg or arm massages conclude calming foot or hand treatments. SSense Inc also converts its pampering sessions into couples treatments so partners can relax side by side with a significant other or favorite mannequin.
With decades of home repair and remodeling experience under their tool belts, A Bit of Help’s handymen travel throughout San Diego to tackle customers’ household maintenance dilemmas. Rather than tending to many clients all at once, A Bit of Help focuses on building long-term relationships with its small roster of customers. The business’s long list of services includes plumbing, flooring, carpentry, and electrical work. Handymen can install a brand-new sink in your bathroom, a new lighting fixture in your foyer, or a remote-controlled garage door on your walk-in closet. With a “by the job” pricing model, A Bit of Help asks that customers call ahead for a free estimate and assures that no job is too big or small.