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TOUR GUIDE / Weekend Getaways and Nails For Days...

Russell Hart

Still time for one more weekend trip before the Holidays... 

Los Alamos

Looking for a great place to get out of town for the weekend? One last change to have a weekend to yourself before airports, east coast storms, and in-laws.  We're all familiar with Ojai, Joshua Tree, and Palm Springs. The first two are great for aura cleansing while the last will supply you plenty from which you will need to be cleansed... 

Looking for something different?

Most will be drawn to the greater Santa Ynez Valley for wine tasting. As much as we all love hearing weekend wine experts ask rhetorical questions about tannins to the tasting room staff, hunting down pregnant gal pals to drive (because they always stick to just one glass!), and pretending to love the ubiquitous artificial ponds stuffed with koi that come with these places, there is a better way. I mean, I can drive twenty minutes from my house and rub elbows with giraffes while sipping rosé! That’s not a joke, that’s just LA. Okay, it’s actually Malibu. But! What if I told you there was a place with the best bread, scones, croissants, cookies, sandwiches, salads, coffees, lunches, dinners, and dog treats you’ll find in or out of LA, and wine tasting too, all along 3 blocks of the same street. Behold, Los Alamos, CA!

 

TRAVEL

By car, two hours up the coast and thirty minutes inland. 

By train, Amtrak’s (I know Amtrak, the DMV and apathy got together and started a public transit system, but trust us) Pacific Surfline or Coast Starlight offer ocean views everyone should see at least once. Start at Union Station in Downtown LA and disembark in Santa Barbara. Rent a car for the short drive to Los Alamos, and to continue home once your trip is over. You only want to do the train on way. On our trip, we stopped in Ojai, which is on the way. Always love checking in on the P. Space Gallery, Bart’s Books, and the newer Beacon Coffee. 

STAY

The Alamo Motel

Easy to book, hip, and affordable. The latest addition to the Shelter Social Club family, the Alamo gets points for its clean style, claw foot tubs, cool kitchenettes, and comfort. We spent two nights here and enjoyed the fire pit and Muni Wine located right in the center of the motel courtyard. Friendly staff is a major plus. 

rememberthealamomotel.com

(805) 344-2852

245 Bell St Los Alamos, CA 93440

ALAMO MOTEL NAILS BY H&H STYLIST JANIS

Cottages at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery

We’ll be checking in here on our next trip to Los Alamos, for sure. Not only do you get a stylish, newly renovated suite, but you also get coffee and breakfast from the bakery. I can’t imagine anything better.

airbnb.com/rooms/6717080?sug=50

EAT

Bell Street Farm

Bell Street Farm was our first stop in Los Alamos. We thought we had landed on the best restaurant in town our first day there. Turns out, they’re all great. Bell Street serves high quality, locally sourced foods with stripped down preparations, in a casual environment. That’s not to say the food isn’t nice to look at and taste, but, rather, that they let the ingredients speak for themselves. A meal at Bell Street will make clear the ground yet to be explored by Los Angeles restaurants when it comes to farm-to-table dining. Bell Street’s easy-going attitude and spectacular dishes rank in the top of any restaurant experience we’ve had in the last year. Their in-house market provides snack and picnic options. Vegetarian options available. 

bellstreetfarm.com

(805) 344-4609

406 Bell St. Los Alamos, CA 93440

Bob’s Well Bread Bakery

THE place for coffee, this nationally-recognized bakery and cafe is one of the best we’ve ever been to. Making its home in a refurbished service station, Bob’s is the best choice for breakfast in town. If you’re lucky like we were, you’ll find Bob at the counter taking and filling orders. It’s easy to see Bob’s touch as a former marketing executive in everything from the design of the interior to the perfect, deep-brown finish on all the baked goods. Nothing is left to chance. Plan on this being your first stop each morning you're in town. Vegetarian options available. 

bobswellbread.com

(805) 344-3000

550 Bell St. Los Alamos, CA 93440

Full of Life Flat Bread

Beautiful pizzas and salads. Vegetarian options available and vegans can make substitutions. Great for families. 

fulloflifefoods.com

(805) 344-4400

225 W Bell St. Los Alamos, CA 93440

Pico

Pico was closed during our stay and we were beside ourselves about it. We can only tell you the dining room and building are beautiful, the most striking on the strip. Images of the food were enough to start us planning our next trip to Los Alamos. Beautifully prepared, locally produced ingredients. Secret kids menu and wine bar.  

losalamosgeneralstore.com

(805) 344-1122

458 Bell St. Los Alamos, CA 93440

Plenty

Plenty is the best choice in Los Alamos for vegans and vegetarians. While they do serve animal products, there are specific vegan and vegetarian dishes on the menu. Plenty is rooted in the idea that good food should be good for you and available to all, ensuring an affordable and tasty menu. Owners Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian run Plenty as an extension of Clayworks Farm, the proving ground for their years of research, study, and development in food systems, permaculture, and art. 

(805) 344-3020

plentyonbell.com

508 Bell St. Los Alamos, CA 93440

DRINK

Babi’s Beer Emporium

babisbeeremporium.com

(805) 344-1911

3803 Bell St. Los Alamos, CA 

Bedford Winery

bedfordwinery.com

(805) 344-2107

448 Bell St. Los Alamos, CA 93440

Casa Dumetz Wines

casadumetzwines.com

(805) 344-1900

448 Bell St. Ste B Los Alamos, CA 93440

Municipal Winemakers

municipalwinemakers.com

(805) 931-6864

425 Bell St. Los Alamos, CA 93440

Pico

losalamosgeneralstore.com

(805) 344-1122

458 Bell St. Los Alamos, CA 93440

Plenty on Bell

plentyonbell.com

(805) 344-3020

508 Bell St. , Los Alamos, CA 93440

The 1880 Union Hotel

unionhotelvictmansion.com

(805) 344-2744

362 Bell St.  Los Alamos, CA 93440

HOW WE’RE CHANGING THE NAIL SALON ONE ETHICAL MANICURE AT A TIME

Russell Hart

We sat down with nail stylists Brenda and Janis to talk about nails, what you need to watch for when you get yours done and how they’re changing the nail salon business one ethical manicure at a time. You can talk to them all about your nails March 20th when Handcraft & Hart hosts them for our vegan, and chemically responsible manicure pop up with all organic, GMO free house made spa products! Book online! www.handcraftandhart.com

Handcraft & Hart: Hey! So lets get right to it. What do we need to watch out for when we get our nails done? How do we stay safe? 

Janis: You do get right to it!! [laugh] Okay. Are the people working in the salon happy? Are they talking and engaging with you? If not get out, fast. It goes without saying you want to look to see that the place is clean and well kept but if the staff isn’t happy I guarantee you they aren’t making any extra effort to keep everything extra tidy. 

Brenda: Think about whats in the air! Oh girl, we do not do acrylic nails. Janis still wants to have a baby, that stuff keeps a lot of nail stylists from having babies. You can still have all the bling without the poison! 

H&H: Why vegan nails?

J: Vegans are amazing! In an industry [beauty] that doesn’t (with a few exceptions) protect it’s workers...

B: Have you seen the list of whats in nail polish, oh no! But we have all the good stuff, yes we do!

J: Vegans have gone to bat for chemically responsible products free of formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene and a bunch of other very bad stuff. Beauty workers every where should thank vegans for being consumers that demand responsibly crafted products. Nail salons that don’t exclusively use chemically responsible products are dangerous places, but imagine working in that gas chamber everyday. 

B: NO!

H&H: People who don’t speak the staffs language always wonder what they’re talking about, do you know?

B: Oh my god, I can’t believe you asked that. YOU, [big laugh]. They're talking about you! No, not all the time, but wouldn’t you. Janis and I were talking about you earlier today and you had no idea, its fun. No, no, usually lunch. Most of the time it’s “where do you want to eat lunch?” 

J: Brenda! At a good salon the nail stylist talks to the client not to the other people working there. 

B: It's my favorite part of what I do. I love taking care of people. I’m a mother of three, I understand how important the little time we have to spend on ourselves is. I always want to make the best of that time for my clients. 

J: If the staff doesn’t speak English or Cantonese I don’t mind if they don’t talk to me, but I can’t stand when they have full on conversations with other people they work with. Its rude.

H&H: Brenda, Janis asked me to ask that question. Okay! Moving on! Why did you start doing nails?

J: You’re blushing… Anyway I’m a trained pastry chef and cake decorator, I switched to nails because its all icing, all sugar. I’ve run trendy bakeries all over LA, and I was always supposed to go into business with my dad and open a bakery. Bakery hours are intense, you have production, staff and receipt development. One day I woke up and realized I hadn’t seen my boyfriend or family in weeks. I knew something had to change. My father is a veteran of the nail industry. He suggested I look at nails. I was like, yeah this makes sense, mini cakes i get to decorate on hands. Frosting for fashion, its wonderful!

B: I’ve done nails a few different times in my life, before I had children it was a job. Now I’m back because I love making my clients happy, I love learning from all these amazing people I might never have had the chance to meet otherwise.

J: Now that we’re in it we've realized there is a lot that needs to change, especially with labor practices. Kitchens have a hard time with this too but they’ve done a better job then nail salons. We need safe working conditions and products and ethical treatment for staff. We need to start by bringing all those wonderful clients back into nail salons that have walked away because they didn’t feel like nail salons were good places. Once salons see that there are clients that care about these things they’ll start to change. They just need someone to lead them, and so here we are. It’s not what I thought I was going to do with my life, but I guess we’re changing the nail salon business one ethical manicure at a time. 

H&H: Anything else we should know?

J: A lot of the workers in the industry don’t have some very basic rights. Your mani pedi is so affordable for a reason, beyond poor quality products. Look at the salon you go to, how do you think the staff is being treated? How does it carry over to the client, do they greet you warmly, do you feel taken care of and safe? Do they smile? If so I bet you found a good spot! The people are probably being treated well! Stick with them!

B: If not, come see me on the 20th! Oh! If you bring your own tools please disinfect them… no girl I’m not having any of those dirty things! I spend an hour at the end of my day cleaning and disinfecting tools so each client has a fresh set of tools, don’t be bringing me your dirty clippers!

Janis and Brenda (Brenda, easily one of the most entertaining manicurists I’ve ever met) are preforming manicures at our March 20th pop up and Mani Pedis at our April 10th event. Book online to meet them and get some amazing nails. www.handcraftandhart.com

FRINGE YOUR FACE

Russell Hart

Bangs, fringe, French Botox whatever you call them, fall is here, it's time to take the chop. If you've been thinking about wearing them straight across, in a perfect crescent curve, side swept or up to your hair line now is the time!


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