In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.
Rockin Lingerie specializes in seductive fashions for nightfall, outfitting women in tight-fitting, barely-there garments that flatter any figure. Thigh-high stockings ($4.99) with enlarged netting criss-cross the legs like a chain-link fence, keeping bulldog tattoos in and trespassers out. Stretching from fingertip to bicep, black opera-length gloves ($12.99) keep elbows modestly concealed in a floral lace mesh, matching the hue and gothic style of the Lolita petticoat skirt ($26.99). For shoppers who wish to turn heads, the deep V mini dress's magenta sequins flicker for attention. Within the brick-and-mortar store, hosiery lines the walls and lotions and perfumes occupy shelves. Mannequins model corsets, bustles, and bustiers, demonstrating the breadth of options and most flattering poses.
Cosmetic Gallery’s licensed aestheticians pamper facescapes with organic Jurlique or Decleor products during one-hour facials. The plant-based cleansers douse pores in grime-evicting suds to unveil fresh-looking, bright skin as visitors lounge in the cream-colored, minimalistic spa room replete with glowing candles and delicate orchids that coo soothing lullabies. Guests can opt to further their face freshening with a microdermabrasion treatment. Wielding a crystal-tipped wand, aestheticians slough off dead skin cells and stubborn masquerade-ball masks to reveal the nubile epidermal layers beneath, resulting in diminished fine lines and reduced signs of sun damage.
Since its inception in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art has devoted itself to post-1940 artwork, a focus that sets it apart from all other Los Angeles museums. Its permanent collection harbors more than 5,000 art objects, encompassing media from video installations and documentary photography to pop art. Works from renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Diane Arbus share gallery space with pieces from up-and-coming artists across the museum’s three facilities.
To complement its permanent collection, the museum hosts rotating temporary exhibits, such as the current Amanda Ross-Ho exhibit, Teeny Tiny Woman, which incorporates architectural elements and large-scale paintings. The museum staff also augments these displays with events, such as their summer concert series in Geffen Plaza, which explores the intersection of music and art like a guitar decoupaged with pages from DaVinci’s journal.