The arrangements and installations of green door design fill homes with carefully balanced constructs of living plant material housed in and surrounded by artfully placed objet d'art. Single orchids ($28–$48) sweeten air and views with curling, colorful petals and intoxicating scents rumored to cause normally stoic house plants to shed their petals and go skinny stemming. Water-retaining succulents ($3–$38) thrive on arid counter tops or in dry gardens to steadfastly stand at attention flanked by fragrant candles or guardian statuary. Vintage pots line shelves alongside modern ceramic containers and one-of-a-kind carved wooden bowls, each competing to serve as the next vessel for an orchid arrangement with soft greens and wending branches ($45+) or to serve as a prop for the opening scene of Oliver!.
At AlphaDog, leash-less pups romp freely through 5,000 square feet of outdoor astroturf while their human companions are working or vacationing. Before basking in the sunny lawn, four-pawed friends undergo a temperament trial (a waived $25 value) to ensure they can politely cavort with others and won't affix Kick Me signs to unsuspecting playmates. Starting at 7 a.m., owners can drop off their furry friends for 12 hours of daycare or 24 hours of boarding. Puppies and small breeds caper about in a separate small-dog yard, and all pups pile into separate beds for rest time, drifting into squirrel-populated dreamscapes.
The customer-service-focused staff at Goodman Building Supply, founded in 1955, arms to-do listers with hardware from an inventory of more than 60,000 items. Collect scraps from an upstart paper airline in a trash bin ($12.99+) or replace a bathroom elephant with a gleaming showerhead ($9.99+). The Certified Green Hardware store bathes Marin County in metaphorically verdant hues with its selection of more than 2,500 green products, including water-saving toilets and smart faucets.
Kur Massage Therapy's sanctuary, located in beautiful Corte Madera in Marin County, allows customers to eliminate their stress as they receive a massage designed to balance the body and mind. Drawing upon a vast variety of techniques, certified massage therapist Thomas Friedrich applies his knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal. In addition to deep tissue massages, Thomas also offers services such as myofacial therapy, cold stone migraine massages, Swedish massage, shiatsu massages, and lymphatic massages.
While Spot Pet Care's canine clientele may not appreciate the shop’s attractive displays of goodies, they'll enjoy their contents as well as the affections from Spot's head groomer, Catherine. Styling sessions begin in the facility's stainless-steel, eco-friendly bathtubs with ergonomic contours that help keep dogs comfortable and organic shampoo mixed with just enough water. A window allows full views of the separate grooming room, letting owners watch as groomers make wild manes more manageable. Pups who are especially good or especially spoiled can sniff out a reward in Spot Pet Care's fully stocked canine general store filled with hormone-free treats, fetching collars, interactive toys, and books containing the home addresses of every mailman in town. Lovers of all four-legged friends, Spot Pet Care groomers reserve every second Sunday for cat grooming appointments.
After publishing the first edition of her guidebook, Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour, writer and artist Victoria Colella organized tours to showcase the sites and narratives she expertly examined in print. Boating, walking, and one-hour mini tours traverse the shipways and wooden-boat center that initially inspired Victoria to pen her book and swear off land. Guides discuss historic WWII vessels, the Arques School wooden-boat collection, and boats owned by celebrities such as Jack Benny. In addition to guided excursions, Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour brings nautical history to life with treasure hunts and kids' sessions that combine walking jaunts with sea chanteys, slideshows, and model-houseboat building.