Foodies: prepare to be delighted. The team at The Oxford intends to make every bite and every sip a palate pleaser.
“We are very, very, very serious about the food we are serving,” says Rahul, managing partner and general manager. “And we are very, very, very serious about the drinks we are offering.”
Rahul emphasizes that the food and drink offerings are chef-created and chef-prepared, but The Oxford is equally committed to creating a welcoming environment. The intent is that it be comfortable, casual and the “go to” place whether it is a family, a group of co-workers, or a few friends meeting for a drink.
A London Inspired Gastropub
Billed as a gastropub, The Oxford menu is inspired by London’s multi-cultural food scene and created with the California ethos of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, wine and beer. They are also proud that “as much as we can, and as much as possible,” the chef and staff make their own infusions and flavors.
The Oxford Mule, for example, was created with a sly nod to London: the vodka in this drink-with-a-kick is infused with just the right amount of Earl Grey tea. The ginger beer is brewed in house. The in-house hummus is made by roasting the chickpeas rather than soaking them in water. “It’s something the chef picked up in his travels,” explains Rahul. “It’s very good.”
A Work In Progress
The restaurant opened on St. Patrick’s Day 2016, and has tweaked and adjusted the menu based on suggestions from patrons. Rahul said he’s very happy to be attracting great customers who are genuinely excited about what The Oxford brings to Sunnyvale. “We’re very lucky to be able to get feedback. We could sit around and talk and talk, but what the customers want is much more important.”
Ideas are flowing, and the current menu will continue to change and evolve both before and after the May 7, 2016, grand opening. Rahul refers to it as “a work in progress.”
What won’t change is to work hard every day to present fine food in a unique and comfortable setting. To join the conversation, find The Oxford on Instagram and Twitter, @TheOxfordCA.
The Oxford is located at 195 S Murphy Ave. Sunnyvale, CA. Stop by The Oxford on May 7, 2016, at their Grand Opening to meet the staff and sample the unique tastes and treats of this gastropub.
You might assume there is a Wilson at Wilson’s Salon. You’d be right. And wrong.
Before he opened a salon on the corner of Murphy and E Washington, stylist Dung Lam worked at a nearby salon and had a growing group of clients. But a customer who had become a friend told him it was hard to remember to pronounce his name. She asked, as a token to a popular movie of that year named “Cast Away,” if she could call him Wilson.
He liked it. And the name stuck.
Wilson’s Opens Its Doors
By the time he opened his own salon in 2009, he was Wilson to his customers. He decided that it would be Wilson’s Salon and it would be in Sunnyvale. Though S. Murphy wasn’t the hub it is now, Wilson already loved the location, the people and the community spirit.
His goal was to give people a place where their inner vision could come true. One customer came in with a self-drawn hair design that included three colors. It took several hours, but was perfect! Both client and stylist were thrilled.
“Whatever a customer wants, if they bring a picture, we can do it,” Wilson says.
It’s important to Wilson that stylists work with passion and love for their profession. They regularly go to training to stay ahead of fashions and styles. The shop is the only Sunnyvale retailer for Aveda products, and Bumble & bumble. Both of these upscale hair product lines require ongoing education in technique and hair care.
Feeling Good is Great
Beyond the hair style, it’s all about making people feel good. The salon has staff that can speak Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and English. And if words fail, there is a lengthy consultation using pictures and drawings. Straight-A high school students are rewarded with a free hair cut. Children are welcome. Walk-ins are accommodated whenever possible. Rushing to catch an Uber to the airport? Not a problem. Just tell the staff your timing.
Good business at Wilson’s reflects the owner’s attitude. “We love to please our clients. And when you love what you do, that’s easy.”
Wilson’s Salon is located at: 198 South Murphy Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Visit their website or give them a call at: (408) 245-8200
Imagine you find yourself in a theater—it is very dark—you can see a performer lit by spotlight on the stage before you, playing music you love with an exhilarating beat. The performer is not just a DJ, and you are not just sitting still. Your heart is pounding, your breaths come at an exhilarating pace, and you are connected with the performance, keeping pace. Then as you expected, it’s 3-2-1 and you are invited to push beyond yourself, to work to exceed the beats in the music for a short interval. You feel yourself break through your own personal wall.
This is not just any theater
The performer is an accomplished athlete and your coach. You are astride a stationary bike that you have adjusted for the resistance that is right for you.
Flywheel’s signature class is high-intensity interval training
Your ride lasts 45 minutes. You enjoyed the class at a pace that is comfortable for you, and your instructor encouraged you to reach your fitness goals. The resistance you set for yourself is recorded as Torq and your speed is measured in RPMs on a small computer on your bike. FlyWheel uses these two measurements to calculate and display your total energy output throughout your ride as your Power Score.
Along with your top speed and maximum Torq for each ride, your Power Score yields a lot of information, such as the total calories you burned and total miles; all of this is available to you on your account dashboard on the Flywheel iOS app and website. You can track your progress as little or as much as you want. If you are feeling a little more competitive, you can opt-in before your ride to have your Power Score posted anonymously on the TorqBoard during the class. Some riders enjoy knowing where they ranked, especially in the short races that instructors lead throughout each class.
Other ride options
Some classes are purely beat-driven, known as FlyBeats, where each rider stays on the beat of the music and plays with their resistance for a maximum workout. Other classes offer themed rides, such as 80s dance parties and East Coast vs West Coast hip-hop jams. Some riders prefer longer classes: 60 and 90-minute classes are offered throughout the week. Classes incorporate an arm workout for upper-body toning to give you a full body workout.
Regardless of your fitness level, your Flywheel team is there to provide plenty of support for you. They will prepare for you for your ride, setting a comfortable starting point for your resistance and helping you become confident with your bike.
Flywheel bikes are compatible with SPD cleats or Look Delta cleats, if you choose to bring your own shoes. Don’t worry if you don’t own cycling shoes; your Flywheel team will have a fresh pair of cycling shoes in your size waiting for you before each class. They can provide other little essentials, such as saddle cushions, hair ties and earplugs, as well. It’s easy to stow your personal gear; Flywheel can give you a seat bag for your class, or you can put everything away in a self-locking locker that includes a charging port for your cell phone.
Flywheel is convenient for busy people
Once you have completed your initial orientation, you can walk-in, on-time to any class: you use your Flywheel app or one of the laptops in their lobby to sign-up. After your ride, you can scrub down in one of several private shower rooms which are outfitted with soap, shampoo, conditioner from Bliss Spa. You will find everything you need to dry your hair at the blow-drying station.
Need a little more support?
Once a quarter, you can enroll in a four-week wellness program. You get one-on-one guidance from your instructor coach, who helps you stay accountable to yourself for a set number of classes per week as well as a nutrition plan to meet your health objectives.
Flywheel is not about intimidation
Unlike other cycling and workout programs, each class at Flywheel is open to anyone, regardless of experience or fitness level. Every ride is your very own, in an environment that is comfortable for you. To get started, your first class at Flywheel Sunnyvale is free. If you mention this post in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, you get your second class free, as well. Come out and join the Flywheel team at 331 West Washington Avenue, in downtown Sunnyvale.
Sunnyvale Downtown Association