Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking garage
Pro Tip: Enjoy an evening of great wine, food, beer, and musical entertainment at the Simply Wine Festival
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Q&A with Martha Peretz, President
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We are a Festival in Los Angeles that is going to have Tesla Motors appearing at our event with a show-car and test drives. Some of the 30 wineries in attendance will be high-scoring, including Achaval-Ferrer, LeSaffre Wines, Gauchezco. Premium spirits brands, such as Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, and Tallarico Vodka will also pour. VIP admission includes an engraved wine glass, private seating, gift bag, tasting of higher-end libations, plus a test-drive of a new Tesla, and more.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
To help the Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties fulfill the dream of at least one child.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"What an impressive lineup of wineries!"
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our studio is the longest established martial arts studio in the region.
Since 1974, Grandmaster Dennis Ichikawa and staff have been providing quality martial arts instruction for the entire family.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Our instructors will make the new student feel like one of the family from the first class.
Thereafter, new students will be learning at a rapid pace to make them feel confident and secure.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I wanted to get into a business that was not "work", but fun and challenging.
I wanted to have a positive impact on my student's lives.
The Chuck Norris brand was also an inspiration.
What do you love most about your job?
I get to teach and work with energetic and vibrant students who love the art they are learning.
Golf isn't like a lot of other sports. While youngsters can easily head to the playground to shoot baskets, toss a football, or chase birds, expenses associated with golf equipment, greens fees, and travel prevent many from ever taking up the game.
Better Golf for Kids doesn't think it has to be this way. The organization and its army of nationally recognized instructors remove all of these barriers when they show up at elementary schools, parks, and public courses across the country, ready to acquaint children with the great fitness- and discipline-building game. Teachers bring mats, clubs, balls, and tees—everything a young player would need—to after-school and summer camp programs, and set about teaching good golf swings and breeding a passion for physical activity. In the 20 years since it was founded, thousands of youngsters have enrolled in the year-round program, enriching young lives while expanding the game to new generations.
Director Marianne Van Etten and her troupe of instructors help to inject steps with traditional American and international rhythms during interrelated lessons. The curriculum helps students of all experience levels to confidently navigate the dance floor without surgically removing a second left foot. Three-hour weekend workshops immerse students in the instruction of swing, Latin, and smooth techniques in one dose, and group classes gather guests for 55-minute sessions in styles including children's ballroom. Classes unfold inside the air-conditioned studio, which accommodates up to 75 dancers atop its spring-loaded wood floor. Further inspiring lofty steps, a stereo sound system floods the space, which overlooks views of mountainous terrain symbolizing the uphill battle faced when tangoing with both hands tied behind your back.
Born to a Moroccan family, Sagit got her start on stage at the age of 5, assisting her father during his magic shows. Though she continued to hone her stage presence, her interests shifted to belly dance at the age of 12, leading her to make a career of performing across the globe. Sagit eventually settled down in California to raise a family, but she has continued to share her passion for dance through more than a decade of teaching.
Her classes at Belly Dance 4 Fitness focus on easy-to-learn routines that can accomodate women whose only previous dance experience is the Hokey Pokey. The low-impact classes provide full-body cardio workouts that also increase muscle tone and self-confidence.
Professional tennis player Sam Querrey has been ranked in the ATP’s top 20 players in the world—but that may never have happened if it wasn’t for Tim Schnaible. Schnaible served as Querrey’s personal coach in the tennis star’s formative years of 10–16, helping mold his big serve and net-charging game into one of the world’s most formidable talents. Today, as the owner and director of tennis at Match Tough Tennis Academy, Schnaible continues to train players with the help of a staff of former high school, college, and USTA standouts. The Academy offers group lessons for adults and juniors of all abilities, as well as pro-shop services including racket stringing with a 24-hour turnaround.