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In the Neighborhood – La Mesa

In Halloween, La Mesa, Real Estate, San Diego County, Things to do in La Mesa on October 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Looking for a Halloween treat for your kids to enjoy in La Mesa?  Try stopping by Rancho San Diego Village Shopping Center.  There will be free fire engine rides, (and as I learned from my favorite fireman this is a fire engine not a fire truck) courtesy of Subway.  Activities, including treats from merchants displaying  bright orange posters in their windows are for children in costume accompanied by an adult.

I know where I will be while everyone enjoys the festivities.  I will be enjoying a manicure at Ann’s Nail’s in Karo’s Hair Salon.

Halloween Event:   Fri. 10/29/10 3:00PM-5:00PM

San Diego Village Shopping Center 3665 Avocado Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91941

As always, keeping you posted on what’s happening in the neighborhood,

Karen Urata


In the Neighborhood – Mission Hills

In Beauty, Mission Valley, Real Estate, San Diego County, Things to do in Mission Valley, Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 12:39 am

Spa Night at Genesis The Salon

Recently the Genesis The Salon in Mission Hills held a Spa Night to thank their clients for another good year and to introduce some of the new services that are now available.  It was an evening of pampering and fun.  Food and drink was enjoyed by all as well as some wonderful spa treatments.

Valinda Dawson, Genesis’s skin care expert, spoiled clients with a brow wax, what I like to call a ” mini – eye lift”.  At the Salon she specializes in many treatments to help you look and feel revitalized that include facials such as the Karin Herzog Swiss Oxygen Facial, which was developed by a  Nobel Prize winning surgeon. Other treatments offered are chemical peels, waxing, and lash tinting.

Gail Oxford, Genesis’s Nail Technician, treated lucky clients to a paraffin wax treatment with a wonderful vanilla scent that makes hands velvety smooth for days. Gail was also introducing a new line of nail products that are less invasive to the nails than acrylic .  This shellac like product is the absolute latest in nail care and the demand is so great that just keeping the product in stock has been a challenge.

Speaking of the absolute latest, Raquel demonstrated lash extensions!  Watching as Raquel applied each extension to each existing lash, lash by lash I was amazed and the result was incredible, dramatic, yet natural looking lush lashes.  Just think, no need to apply mascara and no end of the day smudging that makes you look more tired than you feel.

Genesis owner, Peter Garcia,  pampered clients with a deep hair conditioning and blow out.  Peter has created a great space here at the salon that not only provides the best in hair and beauty service but a place to showcase local artists and artisans as well.  Currently,  the featured artist is a  young painter, Michael Garcia, who is showing a series of paintings inspired by the concept of glamour.  Other local artisans display handmade jewelry and handbags that are available for purchase and reasonably priced.

To check out the latest innovations in hair and beauty as well as local artists and artisans you can visit Genesis The Salon at 320 West Washington Street, San Diego, California or call for appointments and details on services and rates (619) 295-4166.
As always keeping you posted on what is going on in the neighborhood,

Karen Urata

In the Neighborhood with Karen Urata – Poway

In Poway, Real Estate, San Diego County, Things to do in Poway on October 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm

As you know, I am a real estate agent and surprisingly enough although what I sell is houses, that is just a small part of what people are purchasing when they purchase a home.  People are buying not just a home they are also buying a lifestyle in a  locale where they will raise their family and perhaps one day retire.

That makes the focus of what I do larger than crunching the numbers, and that is why homes do not come with a “no haggle” style price like you get off the shelf of a department store.  It is truly a very personal business.

Having recently moved to Poway, I started to explore the area and what better way to start than with a long morning walk?  I decided to do something very different and attempt to do this “unplugged”.  No earbuds, no soundtrack, and no recorded lectures. So with a bottle of water and my iphone (set on vibrate) for use only as a stopwatch and a visual notepad, I set out with the purpose of executing a “mindful” walk around the neighborhood.

Here is what I found, wildflowers of many types, (I share a few here, feel free to let me know what type they are if you know),  friendly neighbors, with a quick greeting of “good morning.” Lots of bicyclists, sidewalks, an old sign that announced “Historic Old Stone Lounge”, and a new sign that pointed to a Farmer’s Market.

I started thinking about how that if I followed-up on all these things, maybe with a trip to Walter Anderson’s Nursery to learn about the local varieties of wildflowers, or researching the history of the Old Stone Lodge, or perhaps with a visit to the Farmer’s Market to discover what unique things I would find specific to this area, I would be embarking on a non-virtual Google search of the neighborhood.

See you in the neighborhood.

Discovering Poway’s Gems

In Art, Poway, Real Estate, San Diego County, Things to do in Poway on October 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm

As a real estate agent I find the opportunity to discover many wonderful neighborhoods and what better way to share that with others than through a blog.   So today is the first day of  In the Neighborhood with Karen Urata.  I invite you to join me in sharing what you love about your neighborhood (here in this virtual neighborhood).

Today I would like to take a look at what makes Poway a great place to live.  One of the things everyone loves about Poway are the wonderful schools.  A recent report of academic performance shows all the comprehensive high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in PUSD already surpassing the states 2014 target for academic performance.  For details visit http://www.powayusd.com/news/press-releases/2010/PR_09-14-10-APIIncreaseTo883.pdf .

With this in mind, I though it would be fun to explore some of the offerings that Poway has for family fun.  A recent discovery  of mine is the Xspressive Arts Center.  This quaint cottage tucked away in Old Poway is reminiscent of simpler times, almost like attending summer camp in the country woods.  What a pleasure to cross out of the hustle and bustle of the modern world into this quiet space surrounded by trees, birds, and bunnies.  It seems the perfect environment to discover and nurture the creative spirit.

There are a variety of offerings here for children (as well as your own inner-child).  Classes and workshops range from  drawing and painting classes to crafts, beading and knitting classes.  They even offer birthday parties with lots of fun crafts for the children to create and take home either at the studio or at your home.

In celebration of their 3rd anniversary, Bonnie Stromer the owner of  Xpressive Art Center, is inviting you to join them for a Halloween Party on Sun. Oct. 24th at 2:00-6:00 PM complete with free refreshments, free art activities,and a special Halloween drawing demo by their own Miss Jessica.  Activities will include Halloween Rubbings* *Make-a-Mask* *Halloween Cards *Halloween Bookmarks* *Halloween Bingo* *Halloween Carols* *Decorate-A-Cupcake* *Halloween Fuse Beads* *Halloween Paint-A-Magnet* *Halloween Velvet Art* *Glow in the dark Halloween jewelry* *Halloween Sand Art *Costume Contest.

Wear your costume for a chance to win the costume contest, decorate a cupcake, enjoy games and prizes.   Bonnie asks that in the spirit of community that you bring a Halloween treat to share.

Hope to see you at the party!

12257-B Old Pomerado Road

Poway, CA 92064

858-679-ARTS (2787)

For more information contact:

Bonnie Stromer, MA, ATR

Registered Art Therapist

858-679-ARTS (2787)

(cell phone)  619-415-5538


Until next time….

Karen Urata

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