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Last Updated: Jun 30, 2010 05:00PM • Subscribe via RSSATOM

Introducing...Hoshall’s Salon and Spa

Jun 30, 2010 05:00PM ● By Style

Describe your business. Did you find it or did it find you?The hair bug bit me in 1964, and I have been in business at the top of my craft ever since. I am lucky because I have a passion and love for my business.What was your first job and what did you learn from that experience?A cable splicer at Western Electric. I learned to never be late because it puts somebody else in charge.How are you involved with both community and your customer?We participate in local charity events to support breast cancer research, autism, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and March of Dimes. We hold yearly events, such as cut-a-thons, to help out those in need.Why is your staff the best in the business?Because of their passion for their craft, and Hoshall’s world-class education. We have sent hairdressers to Paris, New York, Florida, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco to further their skills as hairdressers.What life accomplishments are you most proud of and why?Enjoying success in my profession for 45 years.Where do you go when the going gets tough?To the ocean.What is your hidden talent?Cooking – skillfully putting different tastes and textures together.Where do you and your family go locally to have fun?To the movies and the golf course.What is your favorite childhood memory?Seventh grade graduation. I wore my first suit. My mother bought it at a used clothing store for $5 and I wore it with red suspenders.If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?Jesus Christ, to be His friend; and my daughter Kim who died of cancer, because I miss her very much.If you could be any other profession what would it be?A doctor.And finally, customer service is…?Exceeding expectations. Doing ordinary things in an extraordinary fashion!Do you know that our editorial is not paid for, nor can it be purchased? In fact, our Introducing and Dine reviews are not paid advertisements. If you’d like your business profiled, please email Wendy Sipple at [email protected]. Once we determine when your business will be featured, we will contact you to schedule a time to come out and take a photograph. Thank you!

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Introducing...Full Throttle Fitness

Jun 30, 2010 05:00PM ● By Style

Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?We are like no other gym or health club in Northern California. We specialize in fat-blasting adult fitness boot camp workouts and youth sports performance training, and also have a complete gym with a full line of commercial quality weight equipment, cardiovascular machines, free weights, and functional training equipment. No other gym or health club provides a fitness environment like we do. Full Throttle Fitness specializes in providing fitness training for the whole family. For the same price as you would pay to have a family membership at a local gym or health club, we provide not only a gym membership but give everyone in the family (over eight years old) unlimited group personal fitness training six days per week. We are the ultimate results-driven fitness training facility in Northern California.How are you involved with both the community and your customer?I have been fortunate to help a lot of charities, organizations, and youth athletic teams in many different ways. Whether it is a financial commitment or donating free services, I am always looking for ways to give back to the community.Why is your staff the best in the business?My partnership with Vance Mueller of Mueller’s Elite Athletic Training has stimulated and provided great knowledge and energy to the athletic training side of my gym and is a huge part of the success that we are seeing. We don’t just hire anyone. Our personal trainers and strength and conditioning coaches are the very best in the area. Not only are we great at our profession of fitness training, but also everyone brings a high level of energy and customer service each day, to each workout!What life accomplishments are you most proud of?The birth of my first child, Sage Melia Pierce, and having an awesome marriage to my wife Emily are the most meaningful accomplishments of my life. Having such a great family makes the daily stress and commitment that comes along with being an entrepreneur such an attainable feat. I am also proud of myself for always staying positive and sticking to my own set of rules when it comes to running a business and creating my own path in life.And finally, customer service is…?One of my greatest enjoyments…and it provides a high return on investment.Do you know that our editorial is not paid for, nor can it be purchased? In fact, our Introducing and Dine reviews are not paid advertisements. If you’d like your business profiled, please email Wendy Sipple at [email protected]. Once we determine when your business will be featured, we will contact you to schedule a time to come out and take a photograph. Thank you!

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Picky Eaters

May 27, 2010 12:59PM ● By Style

We all know that a well-balanced diet, rich with whole grains, protein, fruit and vegetables, helps kids grow strong and stay healthy. But let’s face it – getting kids to eat healthy meals can be a tough concept to swallow, especially when dealing with finicky eaters.Healthy Habits for Healthy FamiliesFor nutritionist Karla Bauman, owner of Nutrition Counts in Cameron Park, helping families eat well is a full-time job. Bauman says it’s natural for toddlers, in particular, to be picky eaters. “Kids’ taste buds are more prominent than ours,” she explains. “That’s why they tend to stay away from strong tastes and go for the blander, starchy, sugary foods.”For some kids, it’s simply the texture, not the taste, of certain foods that’s a turn-off. Yet Bauman says even the pickiest of eaters can learn healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. As a general rule, she advises parents to be patient and not stress over every meal. “Don’t look at your child’s diet on a daily basis,” she says. “Instead, look at their nutritional intake throughout the week.”Empowering Kids to Make Good ChoicesThe foundation of healthy eating starts in the home. “It’s our responsibility as parents to control where and when food is provided and what’s in our house,” says Bauman. “If you don’t have a lot of junk food in the house, they won’t choose junk to eat.” But she notes it’s also important to empower kids to learn how to eat right and be responsible for their own nutrition.Even young kids can understand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines (mypyramid.gov). Bauman suggests drawing a food pyramid with your kids to help them wisely choose snacks like whole grain crackers and edamame beans. Adolescents and teenagers should be taught how to read ingredient labels and why it’s important to avoid things like highly-processed foods and trans fats.Other ways to get kids excited about healthy foods this summer are to plant a garden together or check out cooking classes offered through your community.Make Appropriate IntroductionsWhile it’s tempting to stick with the same crowd-pleasing meals, picky eaters need to be exposed to different food items in order to expand their culinary repertoire. According to Bauman, when presenting new foods, patience must prevail. “With some kids, it takes up to 19 times of introducing a particular food to get it to stick,” she says. “Just be persistent, and know it’s a process.”“Maybe the first day, the food is just on your child’s plate,” she explains. “Then the next day, ask them to try one bite and go from there.” Allowing children to dip fruit and veggies into things like peanut butter, yogurt, hummus and salad dressing can often increase your success.Sneaking in SubstanceIf you are still concerned that your child is not getting adequate nutrition, there are easy ways to sneak the good stuff in.“When you’re making a recipe, like cookies or pancakes, put some ground flax, bran or whole wheat flour in,” says Bauman. You also can substitute applesauce for some oils when baking.Other ideas include adding seeds and nuts along with pureed or finely chopped vegetables to pasta sauces and soups, or shredding zucchini and carrots into casseroles and meatloaf.Stir-fry dishes also are a great way to hide extra veggies kids might not eat as stand alones. Similarly, adding protein powder and “power fruit” like blueberries to smoothies can help pack a nutritious punch.Tips for Encouraging Healthy Eating HabitsBe a good role model in what, and how, you eat.When possible, eat meals as a family, at set times.Make mealtime fun.Make sure kids come to the table hungry (limit snacking and excessive liquids).Keep fresh fruit, cut-up vegetables and other healthy snacks handy.Let children help shop for and prepare meals.Avoid battles over food that make eating a control issue.

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