From a black-and-white photo lab to a consummate producer of today’s digital images and fine art giclees, Jones Photo has been painstakingly scanning and printing the inimitable pictures of clients since the company’s inception in 1947. While the experts inside the sprawling one-story adobe confines have remained on the cusp of each new technological breakthrough, such as color film and digital files programmed by a cryogenically frozen Ansel Adams, they also continue to develop 35 mm and 120 film. Whatever the original medium, they print images on traditional, scratch-resistant photo paper as well as create canvas wraps, photo albums, and photo composites.
The knowledgeable gemologists at Ambassador Diamond Jewelers guide guests' selection of handcrafted and designer jewelry, as well as certified diamonds guaranteed in clarity, cut, and weight. Patrons decorate delicate wrist joints with sterling-silver bracelet chains ($50+), adorned with scintillating Pandora charms ($30+) handcrafted from pearls and metal beads that draw attention to wrists like an advanced degree in puppetry. Ladies' fingers glimmer in a striking a 2.12-carat oval-cut amethyst flanked by tiny diamonds in a gold ring band ($275), and ears exude elegance while flaunting sterling-silver, drop-style Galatea Love earrings that showcase six carved pearls each ($569). Diamond shoppers herd shimmering, 1-carat brilliant-cut stones ($6,399) into engagement-ring confines, and a 1.05-carat princess-cut diamond ($6,250) showcases the wonders of geology and causes fairy godmothers to visit career fairs.
City Blends’ baristas create 1 of 25 smoothies on the spot for each client, filling blenders with ingredients ranging from blueberries to oreos. Many drinks are designed to help slim bodies from the inside out, and help sippers reach their goals of burning extra calories, building muscle mass, or sweating pure apple juice. A selection of additives includes infusions of creatine, vitamins, or wellness boosters.
Ignite Fitness?s trainers help clients eradicate unwanted weight through a trifecta of group fitness classes, one-on-one personal training, and nutrition coaching. Their signature boot camps do much of the calorie torching. Filled with quick bursts of cardio and strength training, workouts change each day to ensure that muscles never fall into a predictable routine. Instructors also lead yoga classes and sport-specific personal training, which add to the variety, while also targeting their own specialized muscle groups. While much of their focus remains on group classes, instructors also take time to help guests achieve individual goals, scheduling both private personal-training sessions and rehabilitation sessions.
Passionate about food ever since he was a youngster, Stephen Hurd began his culinary career in his teens, working his way up the ladder with jobs at various restaurants. So began a 25-year career at country clubs and restaurants such as Washington D.C.?s Watergate Hotel, where Richard Nixon famously declared, ?I am not a crook!? while stuffing his pockets with another table?s dinner rolls.
These days, Stephen showcases his culinary talents at his own eatery, Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar, where he crafts a global menu from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. Said global flavors range from blackened mahi served over sweet cornbread pudding to Mediterranean pasta chock-full of grilled chicken, artichokes, and cilantro pesto. On Sunday, Stephen even puts his own spin on brunch favorites such as French toast stuffed with cream cheese, sliced strawberries, and candied pecans. Open for lunch six days a week, he assembles made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and dressing made from scratch.
To complement Stephen?s feast, bartenders pour local and familiar wines by the glass, fill pints with regional beers, and mix classic cocktails. Sports games stream on the dining room?s four large flat-screen TVs, and stunning views of the Catalina Mountains await on a spacious outdoor patio.
Burgers, beers, and fries are pub staples, but the versions that emerge from the kitchen at Social House Kitchen & Pub are anything but the norm. Fit for foodies and casual diners alike, the menu puts a gastropub spin on its eats. Crispy pork belly and mushroom gravy coat the “loaded” fries, and the American classic burger comes with a crown of candied bacon. Other entrees that shake up familiar dishes include beef short ribs with egg, fish ‘n’ chips with apple slaw, and a dip sandwich finished off with rosemary aioli. Behind the gleaming bar top, bartenders pour out 32 craft brews, which patrons enjoy inside a modern space that features a mixture of rustic wood furnishings and bright white upholstery.