I recently randomly chose Ikon Salon in Yucca Valley for a basic trim and styling. I was very pleased that I happened upon such a professional, personable salon out here in the desert.
The owner himself, Don, greeted me and asked if he could help me. When I informed him that I needed a cut, he helped me immediately. I was taken by an associate to a sink. She not only washed and conditioned my hair, but provided an excellent scalp massage. She really connected with me, asking about my hair and my preferences. When I voiced concern about the effect the wind would have on my hair, she added another condition. Wonderful!
I was then turned over to Don who asked me what I was looking for. He complimented my regular stylist, saying that my hairlooked professionally cut and very healthy. He took his time, really making sure all areas were evenly cut to the desired length.
The original associate then blow dried and stlyed my hair. It ended up looking and feeling fantastic and healthy. I
If you have the cash, Gelson's is the place for you. Gelson's offers a very large variety of international and "finer" foods difficult to find in the average grocery store. Specialty items can be found for cooking, as well as very fresh and beautiful produce. I often go to Gelson's for pre-prepared food items; the deli and salad bar are comprehensive and offer choices rarely seen in a grocery store such as kuegel and homemade hummus. The store is friendly to those looking for vegan or kosher items,and organic shoppers can fill their basket as well. Check out the variety of cheeses (4 or 5 brands of fresh mozzerella). Also featured are entrees and salads from Wolfgang Puck. Yes, it is a little pricier than the average grocery store...but worth it if you can afford the splurge.
One of the last remaining Los Angeles wineries, the San Antonio Winery is located in a suspicious industrial area of L.A. But do not be fooled- the shady exterior is no reflecion of the gorgeous interior of the winery and restaurant. The interior features very high wooden ceilings and a farmhouse appeal. Free guided tours provide inside information on the family business and its origins; the tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly. The winery is available for rent for private occasions; a professional chapter meeting I attended was very private and warm, with great service and food. The restaurant is highly regarded, though its lunch offerings are cafeteria-style and not quite as nice as the full-service dinner. The store offers many unique specialty food items as well as samples of its wine. A very unique and special opportunity in L.A.
As far as smaller museums go, the Hammer is quite impressive. The understated design is matched by contemporary/modern collections that circulate in and out every few months or so. The collections are often related to some aspect of intellectual or literary discovery rather than the pure fine arts. The museum is quiet and docents are respectful. The gift shops is also interesting, with beautiful art and design books the highlight of the shop. Admission is inexpensive and is only a few dollars for UCLA students.
Please note that this review is specifically geared toward the EMT training program.
I am a health professional who wanted to prepare for a specific "on the field" job. I decided to take the EMT training program to enhance my emergency management skills beyond basic CPR and first aid. I did not know when enrolling that PCC offers an EMT training program that is almost always rated among the top 3 in the State. The program is suprisingly intense, requiring 16-weeks of Saturday attendance (8 hours per day), 3 Sundays and a few independantly-scheduled ambulance ride-alongs. But the demands are well worth the reward. I emerged from the program able to easily pass the EMT certification exam. More importantly, I feel very confident in my emergency health skills. The instructors are all very well-qualified; they are good speakers and talented demonstrators, interacting clearly with each student. The exams are fair and test important componants of emergency management. All assignments are clear an
I recently had my routine oil change performed at this particular EZ Lube. I was very pleased with the general friendliness of all employees. I was greeted with a smile and a welcome immediately as I approached the site. All of my information was gathered in a respectful and patient manner. I was somewhat pressured into having more services performed (i.e. the 45,000 mile tune-up, which I was due for), but the employee took the hint and did not persist after I said "no, thank you" twice. My oil change was performed very quickly, in about 20 minutes (impressive, especially since it was a Saturday afternoon). The price was a reasonable $27, which you can often find a coupon for. The waiting area was clean, as was the restroom.
I was surprised to find a gym of this caliber in Panorama City. This particular 24-hour fitness is rather large, featuring several long rows of cardio machines, a glass-enclosed area for aerobics classes, and a comprehensive weights area. The gym is well-maintained; you will rarely find an "out of order" sign on a machine. The locker rooms are frequently cleaned; no mildew smells here. The classes offered are very up-to-date, including spinning, Yoga, and Pilates. As a health professional, I appreciate that the treadmills and eliptical trainers are quality machines, safe, and easily adjustable.
Like any large gym, the downside is the frequent turnover of employees and a somewhat direct approach the employees take in pushing their products and training sessions. This is not too annoying, however, and would rate this gym as above most local offerings. It is particularly attractive to local hospital employees looking for a clean and safe place to work out at any hour of the day.
This pet shop focuses on tropical fish, with a few turtles and frogs to add variety. There is a respectable variety of aquariums and aquarium "fillers". The prices are very reasonable. However, the store is often kept rather dark and cluttered, with boxes in the aisles. A slightly offensive smell, more noticable than in most pet stores, is obvious from the moment you enter the store. It is sometimes difficult to get the attention of employees.
This is a very well-designed museum. Perhaps smaller than similar museums in other large cities, its exhibits (permanant and temporary) are first-rate and tastefully displayed. A variety of art exhibits, lectures, and films are presented to suit all tastes and give members and visitors a taste of many cultures and styles.
The main drawback would be difficult auto access and parking. Exhibits sometimes carry additional fees (15-20 dollars), but are usually worth it.
These folks offer a great variety of all the best running shoes and gear. Comperable to Phidippides and Snails Pace, the employees know running, anatomy, and shoes very well and will help you select a product by watching you run or walk. They will give you a 10 percent discount if you are a member of local running groups. Very highly recommended.