Although it didn’t seem adventurous or sensational like some other professions, Julie Korff dreamt of becoming a hairstylist as a kid. While most other people grew up to realize they’d never actualize their childhood goal of becoming an astronaut, an archaeologist, or football quarterback Joe Montana, Korff went on to achieve her dream, traveling to New York and Beverly Hills to learn the art of hairstyling. Today she works in the San Diego area, where she snips and styles within the upscale Envision Salon & Spa.
Having crafted customized hairdos since 1999, Julie has a developed a particular knack for coloring. Rather than using cheap products or melted Crayola crayons, she opts for top-quality dyes from brands such as Framesi 2001, Schwarzkopf Professional, and Redken.
Stylist Rondi Courtney of Hair by Rondi channels years of experience through the ends of her creative fingers as she sculpts manes into chic shapes that flatter eyes and cheekbones. After a deep-conditioning treatment, tresses acquire a soft, supple texture and catch the sun’s lustrous light as they flow from scalps. Partial highlights peep out from the uppermost locks to instill subtle dimension, whereas full highlights overhaul hues in strands throughout the whole head, which helps noggins camouflage themselves when standing in front of auburn sunsets or green, grassy meadows. Extra-long hair can be highlighted for an additional $10, and clients can choose to add another color or touch up their base color for an extra $30.
Fantastic Sams is a full-service salon for the whole family that will sculpt wilted hair into a look-twice hot commodity. Cuts start with a complimentary shampoo using Fantastic Sam's signature line of products, followed by a three-minute scalp massage to blast away the dead-skin-cell-loving turtles. Whether you've got a secret style you've been saving in your panache pocket or you opt to trust the expert stylists at Fantastic Sams to get creatively awesome with your tresses, your hair will be snipped and primped to fit your desired identity.
Peek-a-Boo's professional phalange buffers cosset fingers and toes with a variety of soothing treatments. The salon's signature mani-pedi shape shifts all 20 shields with a detailed file and buff, preparing hands and feet for stylish dragon slaying. Then technicians frost finger cakes with a precision polish. A massage rewards hands and feet for their diligent and dexterous work during full-body cat's-cradle competitions, punctuating each service with a circulation-improving sendoff.
While learning her craft at a Paul Mitchell school, Alexandra Heller mastered skills ranging from creating modern cuts to applying permanent color. Now a full-fledged cosmetologist, she specializes in crafting flattering looks and styling brides on their wedding day. She also lends her grooming expertise to fashion shows, photo shoots, and balding celebrity pets.
Helmed by a French pastry chef, Vista French Bakery Cafe imbues its breakfast cuisine with an authentic Parisian touch, rendered fresh by the use of locally acquired ingredients. House-made quiches warm plates, and a ratatouille of zucchini, eggplant, onion, and tomato gets wrapped up in the South of France omelet, which comes packed with feta cheese and adorned with a swanky scarf. With spacious, indoor seating and a cozy spot for outdoor dining, the café invites diners into an atmosphere where local art and rejected omelets hang on the walls while jazz gently plays. The affable staff welcomes guests to cap off their dining and music-absorbing experiences by enjoying fresh pastries such as fruit tarts, coconut macaroons, and mini vanilla custard eclairs.