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.
Tropical Designs boasts a 4,000 sq. ft. showroom that displays a massive inventory of live tropical plants ($8.48–$102.48), orchids ($18.48–$35.48), and vivid bromeliads, as well as lifelike silk trees ($118–$300), custom silk arrangements (average price $115), and decorative containers ($9–$300). For 35 years, the green-thumbed design staff has created lush, colorful arrangements for homes, businesses, and special events, and customers can benefit from a complimentary consultation with one of their executive sales designers to help plan an appropriate arrangement for any space. With their vibrant selection of sophisticated florals and colorful containers, Tropical Designs is able to bring the earth's ripest bounty from the outside in to create a tropical paradise without the stifling humidity and monstrous human-mosquito hybrids.
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 10,000 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.
Instructors at Vance Music, including many members of the Vance family, draw on more than a century's worth of collective teaching experience to introduce children and adults to singing or musical expression. The school, which originally opened 60 years ago in Kansas City, teaches all styles while carrying on the tradition of classical music practiced by the Vance family's patriarch, Chester S. Vance, an accomplished pianist who toured with USO shows as a World War II veteran. Now, students at Vance can study 28 concentrations, including theory, composition, and performance with instrument or voice and experiment with varying styles of music without bringing an electric guitar into the shower.
Don’t worry if, while attending a movie night at Twist, you begin to hear a steady clicking sound—nothing is wrong with the craft shop’s projector. The movie owes its inadvertent soundtrack to the needles that click together as guests busily knit and crochet scarves, mittens, and blankets. At social events such as Saturday’s Movie Night, as well as at introductory classes held throughout the week, Twist’s staff members foster an informal environment in which they help guests hone their clothes-making skills. They stock their cubbies with polychromatic yarns and other supplies and keep the shop open for crafters in need of a nonjudgmental place to knit tube socks for their kitchen table’s legs.