Located in a repurposed Santa Fe railroad station, Pacific Wine Merchants pours a rotating selection of 24 wines and purveys a stock of delicious cigars. Grape enthusiasts looking for a wine tasting ($16–$22) can sample the bar's current lineup by the ounce. Servings are dispensed via an automated Enomatic system, which is designed to prevent waste, preserve freshness, and fill corkscrews with feelings of inadequacy. Recent offerings from the tasting rotation have included a Rombauer merlot, a cabernet sauvignon from Jam Cellars, and a Rusack syrah. While sipping reds and whites, patrons can nibble cheeses, cold cuts, and garlic bread, which are included with the tasting price. Microbrews ($4.50) from local beer factories are also on tap, standing by to ensure that thirst is extinguished faster than a fire at Sea World.
A monthly visit to the spa is a great addition to any skincare routine, but the team at Facelogic Spa knows that it's not enough on its own. After they nourish and exfoliate skin with a signature facial, microdermabrasion treatment, or chemical peel, they lead clients to a wall of skincare products that help maintain a clear complexion at home. The cream of this crop is the spa's own Facelogic Signature line, which includes botanical-based formulas designed to halt the aging process and encourage healthy cell renewal.
Ribbons and medals line the walls at Dale Bros Brewing, whose three year-round beers and six seasonal libations have garnered the awards at county fairs and beer festivals. Its flagship concoction, Pomona Queen, has been brewed more than 300 times and represents a balanced take on a California common. In addition to tours and tastings, the brewery hosts guest chefs and live acts on themed event nights.
With an eye for unique pieces, the staff at Dahlia's Boutique curates an eclectic collection of goods to adorn bodies and homes alike. Shoppers can peruse an assortment of dresses to find a suitably festive frock for a birthday soiree or piñata funeral ($25.97—$79.97), or wrap their shoulders in a stylish sweater or shrug ($20.97–$69.97). Otherwise, cheerful hats, scarves, and knit headbands safeguard heads against chilly gusts ($12.97–$39.97). Tables also brim with assortments of jewelry to finish off outfits ($5.97–$89.97), and a selection of décor helps patrons lend their homes pizzazz without the hassles of adopting a stray Rip Taylor ($10.97—$49.97). After guests paw through neatly stocked shelves and beautifully scalloped wooden tables piled with treasures, they can rest atop the store's zebra-print thrones.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.