Fenway Park - Boston, MA
If you ever happen to find yourself in Boston, you MUST stop and take a tour of Fenway Park. This is stellar. I have also visited the new Yankees stadium, and I have to say that the Red Sox definitely win over the Yankees in terms of ballpark tours. The docents at Fenway Park have been well trained; they are friendly, funny, and extremely knowledgeable about the baseball history of Fenway Park and their beloved Red Sox. The tour takes you to all parts of the ballpark--you get to sit in the oldest seats in baseball history, you see the visiting team's quarters, you sit in the press box, walk over to the outfield, and you even get to go up to the Green Monster! (*The first time I took this tour, we did all of these things, but this last time I took the tour, there was a Bruce Springsteen concert being set up so we were not allowed to tour the Green Monster. Best to check the website for these special activities.) http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp
Sole Soothing Nail Spa
966 S Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village, CA 91361
I have been to a lot of nail salons, and the teacher in me wants to pull the manager and staff aside at most of the salons to teach them how to treat and greet their clients. Just like I teach my own sons to look people in the eye and say "nice to meet you", I feel like people in the business of service should never underestimate the power of these basic human courtesies. Sole Soothing Nail Spa is a stellar stop not only because of its beautifully zen designed salon and talented technicians but especially because of the friendly and genuinely courteous staff. No one yells across the salon, you don't feel like the employees are talking about you in another language, and the friendliness of the staff contribute to the warm and relaxing atmosphere. It was a little busy when I got there but I didn't feel like they rushed me through my appointment--I received one of the longest foot massages ever and my technician greeted me, remembered my name, and said, "Nice to meet you," while maintaining direct eye contact. It's these little things that make a difference, and that is why I am sharing this stellar experience.
Dr. Stella Erbes
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