The staff at Alaska Nails, a professional nail salon and school, paints digits in dapper shades while pampering limbs with a variety of spa services. Clients and comrades can perch on multiple pedicure chairs or in-house high wires as technicians brush coats of polish onto outstretched phalanges. Add-ons such as long-lasting Shellac, hand and foot massages, and paraffin dips soothe appendages as patrons repose near the salon's hanging tapestries. Adept artists can also scribe custom nail designs onto tips, ranging from glossy bow ties to accurate topographical maps of the moon. Alaska Nails is open seven days a week until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.
The beauty experts at Plethora of Design glamorize nails with comprehensive mani-pedis. The 75-minute treatment begins with a cuticle treatment, which softens nail beds with soothing elixirs and heartwarming pictures of puppies dressed as flowers. Next, technicians buff and shape careworn talons before swaddling hands with steaming towels to open pores. After feet lounge in a mini hot tub, technicians load them with moisturizers and loosen muscles with a gentle massage. The renovations culminate with a glimmering coat of polish on fingers and toes. For an additional cost, guests may upgrade manicures to include a paraffin-wax hand dip ($7) and Shellac polish ($8).
Sleepy Dog Coffee Company's baristas brew their own batches of freshly house-roasted blends while satiating snackers with a selection of baked goods between the walls of a rustic, WiFi-saturated shop. Customers can warm their paunches with a draught of brewed coffee ($1.25–$2), a beverage more capable of keeping weary truck drivers awake than an audiotape of the world's 100 worst poems. Sip a specialty mocha ($3.50–$5), or eschew caffeine with a hot chocolate or steamer ($1.25–$2.75). Or, tote home a 3/4-pound or one-pound bag of roasted grounds, such as the Sleepy Dog or Sumatran blend ($5.75–$11.50), to stock up on caffeinated sustenance for long nights of grass-growth observation. Sleepy Dog also features a history-laden back room dedicated to famous Iditarod dogs, and incentivizes ecological sustainability by granting $0.25 discounts for patrons who bring in their own coffee vessels.
Urban Zen Yoga Studio helps gym-goers hone their flexibility, mental clarity, and core strength with a slew of yoga classes. In basic yoga classes, students nail down alignment, breath control, and postures, many of which can be performed with variations. Then, they can move onto more challenging styles, such as hot Vinyasa. In a studio set to 95 degrees––or about 308 Kelvin––they follow a tough series of poses inspired by Bikram, ashtanga, and kundalini yoga.
Vibe Styling Salon & Day Spa puts a great deal of energy into creating a relaxing ambiance. That's reflected not just in its calming earth-toned walls, but also its soothing services, which range from digit-pampering mani-pedis to massages, which are composed of flowing Swedish strokes or firm deep-tissue techniques. Staff members are skilled in a wide array of beautification techniques as well, including facials, tanning, and waxing, and offer cutting-edge haircare with the aid of Redken and Pureology products.
At Pure Essentials Day Spa, therapist Yencid Hiller surrounds bodies in a 27-ingredient wrap that nourishes and detoxifies tissues. Just as an Italian mother swaddles her young in lasagna noodles, Yencid blankets clients in a quilt of herbs and allows each curative element to soothe and slim the figure. During the 90-minute treatment, clients lie supine in a serene pastel-colored room as toxins exit fat cells. After a cocooning, clients can lose upwards of 20 inches, resulting in a svelte figure that easily shimmies into packed elevators and tucks behind trees during hide-and-seek.
Technicians at Studio 49 Artistic Salon & Spa swiftly confiscate unwanted fuzz using waxes customized to hair type. Cirepil wax blankets soft hair on the face, giving a firm hug to each fine strand before swiping it away like a mother bear protecting its cubs from partially hydrogenated oils. Technicians also call in Cirepil wax when tackling coarse hair on the underarms and bikini line for easier mop removal and smooth, healthy skin. Extensive waxing for Brazilians and Man-Zillians leaves nether regions completely bare, reducing drag for more realistic performance art about spawning salmon.