Now you can get your noodle fix on this side of the bridge: 1. Uchiwa Ramen has opened in San Rafael; uchiwaramen.com. Veggie Grill’s menu of vegan/vegetarian items — think quinoa bowls supplemented with tempeh or vegetable-based proteins — is available at Corte Madera Town Center; veggiegrill.com. If you want to stay in for the night, 180Eats brings healthy, organically sourced meals to your home; 180eats.com.
2. Town Center is upping its fun factor with the installation of a children’s play area featuring an interactive water-spouting elephant fountain; shoptowncenter.com. Based in Sausalito, Kinderfeets designs two- and three-wheel balance bikes for young children who are learning to ride; kinderfeets.com. Strawberry Village welcomes 3. PBteen, Pottery Barn for decor-lovers-intraining. pbteen.com.
Sausalito native Yasmin Sanie-Hay recently launched 4. Ziba Style, a carefully curated online selection of luxury goods, fashion and jewelry found by Sanie-Hay on her travels in more than 70 countries; ziba-style.com. Bored with your emoji selection? LOLy, created by Gina Pell of Ross, offers a slew of phone-based icons geared to women “with style and a sense of humor”; itunes.apple.com.
5. Equator Coffees and Teas has closed its coffee cart and opened the doors to a downtown Mill Valley storefront; equatorcoffees.com. One part tea purveyor and one part art gallery, Desta Epicures Guild is a unique new tea source in San Anselmo; desta.com. Red Whale Coffee, a Canadian transplant, is now headquartered in San Rafael, with brick-and-mortar shops in Terra Linda and Corte Madera; redwhalecoffee.com.
There’s a new hair care business in town — Gravity Salon has come to Larkspur; gravitysalonmarin.com. 6. SkinSpirit recently expanded its Mill Valley location with the addition of two new treatment rooms; skinspirit.com. Streamline your product routine by letting Spa Heroes check the ingredient list for you. The subscription-based site delivers natural, effective spa products right to your door; spaheroes.com.