A reader tipped me off to CloudMover Day Spa in Huntington Beach, which recently moved from Old World Village to Five Points Plaza.
Last month, CloudMover Day Spa was named No. 1 Day Spa on the Orange County Hot List, a website that lets people vote on the hottest things in Orange County. It also nabbed "Best Day Spa" in 2010 and "Best Massage" in 2011 on the website, according to a news release.
The salon bills itself as "Where the locals go," and was started in 2006 by Anne Mason-Arnold, a former advertising exec turned entrepreneur.
CloudMover Day Spa is at 18685 Main St. No. 104, Huntington Beach; (714) 842-3600. I haven't been, but you can check out what it offers at cloudmoverdayspa.com. Happy spa-ing!
Yum: fire-singed pizza
Los Angeles-based Pitfire Artisan Pizza, known for its rustic, fire-singed pizzas and a menu that uses the simplest of fresh ingredients, opened at 353 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa.
A press release calls the restaurant an "initiator of the artisanal pizza boom in Los Angeles" that features an "anti-chain signature cuisine."
The restaurant, which took over a building that previously housed a Marie Callendar's, plays up Orange County's surf culture with its design. Check out the menu at pitfirepizza.com. Pitfire also switches out brews on tap and makes its own sangria.
Pitfire is open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; call (949) 313-6333.
Storytelling yoga classes available
There's no better way to say it: Children's yoga is awesome. I've only let my son take one yoga class (hopefully we'll do more), but there's something so peaceful and empowering about yoga for kids.
On that note, Seeds Art and Education Inc. in Laguna Beach has teamed up with Mindful Octopus, a storytelling yoga class for children, for a quarterly class session.
I first interviewed Mindful Octopus founder, Sam Schroeder, back in October about how she started Mindful Octopus.
All classes are themed with a specific children's story each week. The yoga poses tell the story of the week and the class wraps up with a relevant art project.
Classes will run from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday from Jan. 10 through March 28 and will take place at the Anneliese Schools campuses in Laguna Beach. Cost is $175. More information is at firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 322-9597.
Also, don't miss out on Seeds' Jr. Master Gardeners Class for children in second through fifth grades from 4 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 10.
The class, called "a unique gardening education," will cover topics such as plant growth and development, soils and water, and ecology and environmental horticulture, according to an email.
Class fee is $75, and it will take place at Anneliese Schools' Willowbrook Campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. More information is at email@example.com or (949) 322-9597.