The jars of hand-packed, loose-leaf teas lining the shelves of Mr. Trombly's Tea blossom with the fruits of countless orchards and wildflower fields. Mangos mingle with pineapple, orange, tangerine, and strawberries to create citrusy sips, and chamomile, peppermint, and marigold blossoms charm upset stomachs from the herbal section. Alongside black-, green-, and white-tea varieties, the steeping emporium also vends a roster of oolong teas imported from Asia. In the interest of rich and uncorrupted brews, the staff never mixes artificial flavors in with the plants. They also give customers control over their Tea of the Month Club deliveries—members can mix and match their own preferred bags for delivery, unlike with other tea of the month clubs, which only send out shredded calendar pages.
Laguna Farm takes its name from the body of water it lies next to?the Laguna de Santa Rosa, northern California's largest fresh-water marsh. The marsh provides nourishment to the more than 25-acre organic farm, which coexists with the native oak trees, plants, and wildlife, including song birds and herons. Farmers work to preserve the fertile land while providing Californians with high-quality, pesticide-free food. They offer CSA (community shared agriculture) programs through which participants receive a weekly or bi-weekly box of fresh produce and access to the farm store and vegetable stand. They also sell their produce at area farmers' markets on weekends.
For those who want an up-close look at the farm's operations, they lead tours that teach about farming topics including organic farming, crop rotation, seed saving, water conservation, and regenerative farming practices. These are all practices that they put into place, in addition to soil building and using solar power.
Whereas some beauty shops focus on nails, skincare, or removing gum from hair, Platinum Salon & Beauty Boutique does it all. The talented staff, including owner and certified Dermalogica expert Sheila Cunningham, styles tresses, grooms and decorates fingertips, and pampers skin with facials, waxing treatments, and massage services. While customers wait for their time in the chair, they can sip on complimentary tea or coffee and peruse a large retail section filled with high-quality beauty products and giftable purses and jewelry.
Napa Valley wine, Ghirardelli chocolate, and apples plucked from northern California orchards compose just a few of the Golden State goodies that make up each California Delicious gift basket. The West Coast–themed baskets also come in 100% organic varieties, coupling natural fruits and snacks with organic beers and wines. Suited for a range of occasions from Mother's Day to Gift-Basket Awareness Month, each collection of treats is made in California but deliverable to any state.
Teance bags a dizzying array of 65 tea varieties from countless countries on any given day, which means your three-tea flight will move across your tongue's chessboard with an eclectic gambit of flavor. Before you and your guest commit to specific blends, the veteran tea teachers at Teance will happily provide you with a breakdown of each varietal's origins, ingredients, benefits, and likelihood of it causing one's Beanie Baby collection to appreciate in value. A theoretical flight can start with a floral-scented sip of the year's first flush of Darjeeling before plunging into the smooth, creamy depths of wako matcha, which is made by stone-grinding green tea leaves into a fine powder, then whipping it into a thick, frothy, healthy soup. Cap your taste buds' heavenly ascent with the honey-like, chocolate-infused, monkey-picked tikuanyin medium roast, which only grows on the steep, misty slopes of Treasure Mountain. With so many white, green, oolong, red, black, premium, herbal, and loose-leaf teas, the possible combinations are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. And if you stop in on a weekend or lucky weekday, your tasting will also be paired with a complimentary, handmade, seasonal treat
Named in honor of the women in owner Paulo Acosta Cabezas’s life, Mamá Art Cafe creates a local hub for the output of creative energy and the intake of savory snacks. Mamá's baristas brew a lineup of specialty fair-trade organic coffees, with beans culled from Berkeley Coffee and Tea and served up hot and fresh from an array of roasts, flavors, and magic-beanstalk origins. The intimate café setting boasts an interior adorned with local and international artwork—with past art exhibitions showcasing Marta Ayala's paintings and Charles Anselmo's photographs—and the cafe regularly entertains with creative performances, such as dinner tango routines and live jazz music.
Mamá Art Cafe's tireless effort to give back to the community earned the eatery a shout-out from then-Mayor Gavin Newsom with a 2010 Latino Heritage Award for Achievement in Business, as well as honors at the 2011 Annual Hispanic Business Salute.