A steaming, froth-capped cup of cappuccino—it’s not the first thing you’d expect to be handed at a clothier. Consider it a gesture of Peter Cassara’s hospitality and a hallmark of the Italian heritage that defines his shop.
The inveterate tailor learned to make suits in Sicily in the '60s before packing up his skills and sewing kit to move to San Jose in 1971. Every two years, he travels back to Italy to hunt down the latest styles by Baroni, Enzo, and Petrocelli. He favors lightweight fabrics such as cashmere, silk, and pima cotton, and he always has an eye out for upcoming trends such as slim-fitting suits.
When customers come into his shop, he sometimes guides them through the collection himself. “I do everything myself because when a person comes in, I look at how they’re built. I know exactly what they need. If there are too many employees, they don’t get it right,” he said. In his spare time, Cassara serves as a fashion consultant and prides himself on the ability to summarize in less than a minute the proper way to curate a wardrobe. It keeps him pin-sharp as he performs all the alterations, from simple hems to leatherwork. He sweeps floors, he dresses window, and sometime he even froths the cappuccino.
Helmed by a management team of computer wizards, ClickAway's hardworking technicians restore PC and Apple devices with in-store and onsite repairs. Savvy computer overlords restore sleek Macintosh computers with the backing of official Apple authorization, while software gurus dig in to the electronic innards of desktops and laptops to remove pesky spyware, viruses, and incriminating cookies crumbs.
Free, in-store diagnostics thoroughly assess damage and glitches in personal computers, and specialists are on-hand to repair cracked screens and remove water damage from tablets and smartphones. Clients in the market for brand-new gadgets can peruse each ClickAway location's array of accessories, multimedia device rentals, and new and used computers from Dell, Lenovo, Apple, HP and more.
For more than three decades, ABC Tree Farms have provided the Bay Area with seasonal fun October through December. Summer inspires the first round of recreation in the form of Summer Fun Zones packed with inflatable bounce houses masquerading as castles and slides and fresh harvests of local cherries, peaches, melons, and other fruits. During October, they run 20 pumpkin-themed locations, some of which also feature inflatable bounce houses and other attractions. Once Thanksgiving passes, groves of Christmas trees spring up, having made their way south from Oregon and Washington. There they will stand until Christmas Eve, hoping to decorate homes or become the model that inspires a revamped line of evergreen air fresheners.
Aestheticians at PearlFace Salon zero in on outer beauty with upscale facials, waxing, and threading services. Facials play to a host of epidermal issues with top professional skincare products, such as the French brand Sothys or Dermalogica, a line that avoids common irritants such as mineral oil or Gilbert Gottfried impersonations. Highly personalized, facials target specific skin conditions, with different procedures for teen and adult acne. Anti-aging varieties hone in on specific issues such as brightness or eye puffiness, and luxury options incorporate pearls, diamonds, or herbs such as rose, basil, and lavender. Private treatment rooms afford clients serene spaces for treatments, including private waxing sessions.
As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Marvel and DC Comics coexist in peace on the shelves of Comics Conspiracy, accompanied by graphic novels, comics-related merchandise, and collectible card games. The shop's resident collectors have acquired rip-roaring page-turners such as Giant-Size X-Men #1 ($4.99), Fear Itself #1 ($3.99), and Walking Dead #1 ($9.99), which inspired AMC's hit show of the same name. On new release day (Wednesday), customers chat with the staff and wander the aisles in search of hot comics such as Flashpoint #1 ($3.99) and the one they wrote and secretly slipped onto the shelf. Comic and movie buffs make peace over film-inspiring gems such as Green Lantern: Secret Origin ($14.99), as well as a range of Thor comics and Captain America gear. Non-comic collectibles abound in the store, including Magic: The Gathering New Phyrexia booster packs ($3.99), which allow warlocks to train discreetly for real-life wizards' duels.