I received a very unique graduation gift from my friend Cindy, made by Cuneo Furnace, that I treasure to this day. Cuneo Furnace is one of the oldest and most innovative glass art studios in the U.S. and they even have a piece in the Smithsonian Institution. The pieces are all unique, with themes and colors to suit every taste or occasion. The hearts are also available as pendants, so you can wear your art; there are egg shapes and marbles for people who prefer to collect ovals and circles.
Taka Hair Salon has an amazing stylist named Akiko who has been cutting my hair for nearly ten years. The Salon is usually full of trendy Japanese clients, but everyone is made to feel welcome. They have some specialties that appeal to non-Japanese clients like the Yuko hair straightening system which gives those with curly hair, smooth straight hair (which we Asians get permed to get curly!). Definitely worth a trip just to get a wash and blow dry so you can get their scalp massage (an Akiko specialty). The salon uses and carries the Bumble and Bumble line of products which include my favorite coconut shampoo and super rich conditioner; my hair feels thick and silky after using the Bumble and Bumble products, just like when I leave the salon. If your scalp and hair need a makeover, go to heaven by stepping through the door of Taka Hair Salon.