Featured in numerous publications and programs including Redbook and TLC's Hoarding: Buried Alive, disorder destroyer Grace Brooke brings creativity and compassion to her ongoing quest to bring structure and simplicity into her clients' homes. Each Control the Paper Chaos class teaches harried homemakers to establish a Life Management Center for managing the minutiae of the homestead, creating a central nexus for incoming mail, everyday schedules, and outgoing piles of Andrew Lloyd Weber fan mail. Grace's management center creates a tidy place for processing bills, handling correspondence, and managing calendars, helping to reduce stress and improve communication within the home. Grace Brooke can also make over messy crash pads with two hours of in-home organizational services. After a complimentary phone consultation to assess your needs, Grace or one of her team members will work side by side to de-clutter while also coaching the overhaul process of each chaotic closet, overflowing pantry, or newspaper-covered narwhal tank.
Pump It Up specializes in indoor, inflatable arenas for children. During three fun-filled, pop-in visits children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slide like butter-slathered otters through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and local police. Parents bounce for free during pop-in, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one from a claw machine.
When Claire Weinkauf approached five St. Helena wineries with her idea for a wine-tasting passport, she was greeted with unflinching cooperation. Instead of bristling at their competition, the winemakers at each site decided to join forces to entice patrons with their aromatic, sippable wares. Because the Napa Valley area is so rich with vineyards and natural attractions, Passport St. Helena condenses the wine-tasting experience into an easy jaunt along five blocks of downtown St. Helena.
The five wineries along the passport route each offer something a little different. The Clif Family Winery crafts special climber blends sourced from local mountain vineyards, while the St. Helena Wine Center cultivates rare flavors from regional and international vineyards. Long Meadow Ranch Winery combines quality flavors with an eco-friendly outlookthe winery’s solar panels supply its electric needs and biodiesel fuels power its farm equipment and robot grape pickers. Merryvale was the first winery built in the Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, enchanting guests with landscaped gardens and a historical cask room with giant barrels stacked from floor to ceiling. Tamber Bey Vineyards brews cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay with grapes all plucked from its pair of estate vineyards. As enophiles move through the wineries, they’re equally enticed by wine samples as they are by the product and activity discounts the passport also provides.
On his website, Dr. Gary Arabatyan compares his dental practice to artistry. “I view my patient’s smile as my canvas,” he says, a paint-splattered toothbrush in his hand. Using his years of experience, Dr. Arabatyan transforms grins into visual masterpieces by cleaning mouths, whitening teeth, and replacing chipped enamel with ceramic fronts, crafted in-house. The artistic attention to detail also extends to the practice’s furnishings. Guests can dreamily gaze into a saltwater fish tank and enjoy DVDs in each treatment room.
Whether it’s a wedding, baby shower, quinceañera, or charity event, chances are good that DreamMaker Designs can craft stationery for the occasion. After a complimentary consultation, one of the shop’s staffers draws up the invitation, stationery, thank-you card, or designer paper hat that their clients envision. With the plan in place, sturdy paper and vibrant inks bring the design to fruition.
With in-depth knowledge of every aspect of the fashion industry, apparel designer Mckinsey McCorkle-Swain helps everyday people build striking, one-of-a-kind wardrobes that perfectly match their personal styles. During closet audits and shopping trips, the seasoned design consultant employs her insights in materials, colors, and upcoming trends to create flattering looks for every day or special occasions.