Kotohito specializes in Shiatsu Massage, which is a massage therapy from Japan. The object is to open up and balance the channels of energy in your body. It's a wonderful massage! Kotohito is a very gentle spirit of a man, which lends a nice element to the masage experience. I highly recommend him. It's the best Shiatsu massage I've ever had in the USA.
Take your Vegas winnings and invest them in something permanent, and inspiring. Buy a Fatali. Truly these photographs are something that leaves the onlooker with a sense of awe. This gallery just opened up in 2005 and is even more gorgeous than the original in Zion, Utah. The gallery itself has a sacred feeling. In addition there is often a live piano accompaniment to the viewing experience. When you want a very special gift, invest in these photographic images. There is no digital or computer enhancement in these photos. Fatali is a purist. He is the Ansel Adams of Color Photography----but so very much more.
Fatali does for color photographs what Ansel Adams did for black and white. Each image is at once thought provoking and inspiring. Fatali uses a very old fashioned type camera to take his photographs ----there are NO computer enhancements whatsoever. What you see in the photo is what actually was there. These photos must be seen to be believed. Any one of these photos would make an excellent gift for someone, or would look stunning in a professional office as well. Zion is a great place to visit, and if you buy a Fatali you get to take a little of that greatness home with you. By the way, there is a website: www.fatali.com
This little company just sells what the title suggests: ice. Block, crushed, party, cubes. Even dry ice. The prices are good. I used them for my wedding and the ice was nice and sweet. (Can you say that about ice?---I don't know how else to describe the fact that the ice had not taken on any unpleasant flavor like ice does when you leave it in the freezer too long....) Anyway, this company was friendly, reasonable and delivered the ice on time! They also do a 'winter wonderland' service.
The US Post office carries boxes for sale these days, but there are times when you just need a more appropriate box for the treasure you're shipping. Box City is a great place to find boxes from a few inches in size up to wardrobe, dishpack and television sizes. They have boxes that are extra sturdy for shipping fragile items too. Staff is usually helpful.
Several years back I bought a tank, supplies and fish from this store, and I had the best luck there. The fish were very healthy! When I added a new fish to the tank and it unfortunately began to chew on my angel fish's fins, the store was happy to take that fish back, too. I didn't have to face the idea of killing the aggressive fish! That was so great! He just went to live in a more appropriate environment. This store, by the way has really exquisite saltwater set ups too. Also the most knowledgeable staff I've encountered in the pet trade.
Would you like to go to a store where the clerk actually knows something about the merchandise? Lowe's is just your store then. They sell Instruments, sheet music, and accessories. The owner personally operates this store and is an experienced professional player and teacher. This store I've found has accessories for instruments that other stores in the area don't keep in stock.
This business sells batiked clothing in a wide assortment of styles, colors and graphics for infants, children and adults. They will also do special orders if you see a pattern you like, but not the color you want. I have bought clothes from this company for years and they always last really well! Send an e-mail to the owner, and she'll mail you a color brochure of the current offerings!
This is an open airy store that not only has a delicious assortment of novelty and hand dyed yarns, a comfy knitting area, and helpful yet not overbearing staff, but it offers free wireless internet access as well! They also have these great events called 'yarn tastings' where for the price of a decent skein of yarn, you get 10 or 11 ten-yard samples of yarn to try out. Each yarn is 'served' in courses, and there's enough yarn to make a decent swatch out of. This is a great way to try yarns you might not want to commit to buying a whole skein of right away .
This little gem often exhibits art that is technologically based such as light sculptures of kinetic art. Has a great photo display of Harold 'Doc' Edgerton's work. For those who don't know who he is---he invented the strobe light among other things. Here you can buy prints of his early work with strobe light photography --- bullets passing through apples, or a drop of milk falling into a saucer. The gift shop provides a fun place to pick up a science based toy or book. Also, this museum is only a few blocks from the original Toscanini's ice cream store---so it's easy to make a nice afternoon out of the two stops!