Lauded by publications such as Allure and the San Francisco Chronicle, The Dailey Method hosts innovative classes combining the exercise styles of ballet barre, Pilates, and yoga into a full-body workout. During one-hour classes, instructors lead core builders through exercises emphasizing small range of motion and repetition to strengthen arms and sculpt abs into a surface worthy of ironing Zeus's wedding pants. Flexibility and stretching exercises follow each workout to keep fibers receptive. Throughout classes, instructors work closely with students, offering one-on-one guidance, ideas for personal modifications, and conspiracies about the origins of the kettlebell. Clients can gaze over the schedule to find daily classes that suit their temporal demands. The Dailey Method Benicia's well-lit studio unfolds in 2,000 square feet of space. Body sculptors have access to extensive parking, locker facilities, and a fully staffed child-care area so that offspring can play safely while parents sculpt their bodies like young Michelangelo sculpted his leftover potatoes.
Owner Harpreet “Happy” Singh—also known as “The Beer Baron”—oversees the thirsty work at Bottles as well as the Livermore Saloon and Perry’s Liquor and Craft Beer, in a quest to educate patrons about high-quality craft brews and amass a wealth of honorary titles and nicknames. Happy’s extensive knowledge, coupled with beer manager Diego Toscano’s diverse palate, ensures Bottles’ shelves are stocked with a plethora of rare and artisanal beverages, and any request for favored drinks are diligently ordered. Session ales from Shmaltz mingle peacefully with bourbon-barrel-aged stouts from North Coast Brewing Co. or tasty concoctions from Dogfish Head and The Bruery. Wines from Layer Cake and Paradise Ridge complement meals and soirees with fruity, complex flavor, and a stash of potent tequilas, such as Don Julio Real, or smoky scotches from Balvenie and Johnnie Walker enliven parties.
The Pedaler Bike Shop spruces up street steeds and their doting owners with an enormous cache of cycle-centric equipment, apparel, and accessories. Though the store prides itself on its expertise regarding road and mountain bikes, it supplies tubes, tires, wheels, seats, and footy-pajamas for two-wheelers of every breed. Outfit rigs with the 2010 Planet Bike Superflash/Blaze combo set ($59.99), which employs forward- and backward-beaming, superbright LEDs to, increase the bike's visibility for up to one mile. The 2011 Specialized Henge expert saddle ($99.99) coddles nether regions with a sleek shape and sturdy-yet-cozy Micromatrix top, and the 2010 Bell Faction helmet ($40) provides the resilience and protection of Sylvester Stallone's biceps. An array of clothing and shoes is also available, ensuring rider and ride are outfitted to a tarmac-pounding tee.