Owned and operated by artist Kelly Hutchinson, Kelly's Art & Frame is home to a 2,800-square-foot art gallery where original paintings, watercolors, and limited-edition prints line the walls. Onsite custom framing services combine archival materials and meticulous work to properly preserve drawings, sculptures, and cherished pieces of ABC gum. With fellow artist Carol Fogelsong, Kelly also leads art classes, teaching the fundamentals to students during intimate group sessions.
Green Acres Nursery maintains more than 600 varieties of plants and trees on more than 15 acres, most of which are tailored to southwestern landscapes. White, ornamental star jasmine bushes ($9.78 for 5 gal.) will withstand drought while inviting visiting noses to whiff their ambrosial scents, while vibrant, purple bougainvillea ($4.20 for 1 gal.) will florally fill gaps in any fence to keep opossums from trespassing. Since the ordinary backyard aquascape has deflated Mylar balloons for lily pads and aged pitas for skipping stones, make your pond superb by adding naturally luscious philodendrons ($49.40 for 15 gal.). Green Acres Nursery cultivates each greenling on-site in its nursery, caring for them from the time they're a tiny bud to their first day of kindergarten. Click here to see what plants are currently available.
CrossFit Trifecta's fitness coaches work closely with their clients in standard fitness and fundamental movement classes that improve basic control, trim fat, and bolster muscle mass. Gym attendants unleash pent-up sweat droplets in daily classes comprised of varying exercises, such as body resistance, weight lifting, squats, push-ups, and arm wrestling Michelangelo's David. The randomized nature of each class ensures bodies stay out of exercise ruts and that each muscle gets its turn in the fortifying spotlight. Through the fundamentals sessions, students practice a slew of foundational techniques to reduce the chance of injury, increase performance, and easily discern a jump rope from a submarine sandwich. Coaches also bestow a constant stream of inspirational pep talks and offer nutrition advice to their physique-building pupils.
Fourteen years ago, when Gretchen's father began battling the throat cancer that deadened his sense of taste, she comforted him by making soothing, chewy honey-vanilla caramels. Gretchen's business partner Lisa spent her youth amid the almond orchards near her grandparents' candy business, developing a deep appreciation for locally made confections and sweets. The pair converted an old Vista pizza parlor into their own candy shop, making sweets by hand from wholesome ingredients such as central California milk, Sonoma sea salt, and San Francisco chocolate.
Like any good buddy-cop movie, the selection of treats blends disparate ingredients that work surprisingly well together, such as signature caramels and toffees dusted with unrefined sea salt, or chile verde caramels. Gretchen and Lisa also give back to their community and non-profits by creating handsome fundraising packages.
Arranged on stacks of wall-mounted shelves, untouched pieces of pottery wait for artists to apply creative expressions with paint. At two locations that will be celebrating 16 years in business this year, resident artists daub dishes, vases, and character figurines with colorings and patterns. Parents seeking keepsakes can complete a “precious impressions” project, where they mold and paint a clay imprint of their child’s hands or feet. Other projects feature fused-glass jewelry and dishes, and intricately tiled mosaics.