When Lori Shannon first announced her intent to run a marathon, people responded with more than a hint of incredulity. Lori had no experience and, at 5’3” and a size 16, she didn’t cut the form of a typical distance runner. Even so, she set to work and completed the 1993 New York City Marathon, proving to herself that with the proper training and dedication, she need not live life as a spectator. Since crossing that first finish line, Lori has never looked back; she has since run multiple marathons, competed in triathlons, and ridden her bike cross-country.
Seven years later, Lori founded See Jane Run in San Francisco, hoping to empower women to test their limitations and bolster their own fitness and self-confidence. The female-operated fitness company has since grown to encompass four West Coast locations that sell women’s running gear, including shoes, sports bras, and aerodynamic shower caps. At its four retail locations, like-minded runners come together with free weekly run clubs, giving them a group setting in which to train to meet their own individual goals or prepare for one of See Jane Run’s half marathons or 5Ks.
Rather than hypothesizing about what would happen if walls could talk, the masterminds behind Lacy Bella Designs invented an alternative way for walls to express themselves: vinyl decals. Their catalog of easy-to-apply designs, in a rainbow of colors, includes a variety of humorous and inspirational phrases, though customers can also create customized designs featuring a favorite saying, song lyric, or friend’s Social Security number. Chalkboard decals include larger boards for making lists on the fridge as well as smaller labels for jars and containers. Attached with a removable adhesive, the designs are ideal for indoor application in household areas such as bedrooms, kitchens, and entryways. Customers unsure of how a design will mesh with their decor can email Lacy Bella Designs a photo of the room they want to decorate and their favorite design; the staff will edit the design into the photo, free of charge.
No one wants to throw away the records, photos, and videos from their youth, but the shifting media landscape and physical deterioration makes savoring the moments they contain more difficult with every passing year. That race to preserve these precious moments is what keeps A1 Media Services’ staffers coming to work, where they transfer analog media such as VHS, Beta, Digital8, and MiniDV into more lasting DVD and CD formats. The trained technicians are adept at ironing out the problems facing the aging media they’re transferring, clearing away the darkened grime and wrinkle marks from old photos and editing out record imperfections such as scratch marks and backward messages of your mom telling you to clean your room. The transferred CDs and DVDs come encased with their own personalized label, allowing clients to easily find the pictures while minimizing the space needed for storage.
With three beach volleyball courts on the outdoor sand bar, people don?t just watch sports at Jerseys Grill and Bar, they also play them. Of course, those in the mood for watching can sidle up to the inside bar, where a squad of TVs and projectors displays live sporting events. There, beers pour from taps and servers deliver flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, and chicken dishes. The chefs flex their creativity with the menu's handful of half-pound Black Angus burgers, as they roll one patty in black peppercorn, dip another in a teriyaki glaze, and top a third with a fried egg. While eating, guests can check out the football helmets that line shelves above the windows and the framed jerseys that bedeck the walls. The bar has a designated space for kids to expend their energy in the game room, and another space for DJs, live bands, and the local theater troupe?s re-enactment of Space Jam.
For more than 35 years, Tropical Designs has installed lush, equatorial ecosystems in Wichita's homes, offices, and high-rises. A team of horticulturists, interior designers, florists, and builders pool their brawn and brain power to transform lackluster spaces into photosynthetic pleasure domes, a process they call interiorscaping. Florists work with clients to draw up arrangements spilling over with high-quality natural plants and silk housed in a vast array of containers, available for rent or purchase. To keep spaces fresh and give armchairs something to gossip about, the blooming change out program replaces bedraggled fauna for in-season, flowering bromeliads, orchids, or other fetching specimens.
At Fremont Laser MedSpa, Dr. James Kojian is as one of the first doctors in the Bay area to utilize this new laser treatment, and Fremont Laser Med Spa has treated more than 18,000 clients of every skin type, including over 1,000 patients for face-fat reduction. He oversees a team of laser technicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants as they administer FDA-approved beautification services that keep skin looking youthful. Dr. Kojian draws on his experience in the fields of anti-aging and longevity as well as aesthetics, calibrating his arsenal of lasers to target everything from wrinkles and rosacea to unwanted hair and rebel spacecraft. Fat-liquifying lasers safely circumvent the skin to liquefy fat cells, aiming to let the body flush them away for a potential loss of inches.