The kickboxing classes at Explosive Sports MMA & Fitness are deceptively named—they cover much more than kickboxing. Beyond training on speed bags and heavy bags, students work with weight poles, dumbbells, and medicine balls in exercises that range from plyometrics and strength training to MMA moves. For more combative workouts, full-contact MMA classes blend muay thai, jujitsu, and kenpo with kickboxing and boxing, creating a self-defense system that’s more comprehensive than giving threatening people big hugs. Age-appropriate classes for kids round out the fitness studio’s class schedule.
Eyes may only be a small part of the body, but they play a huge role in a person's look and style. To that end, Love My Beautiful, LLC's aestheticians focus on ocular aesthetics, with an expertise in eyelash extensions. They also wax and shape brows, or reconstruct brows that have become too thin. The beauty experts might then apply eyeshadow in various hues, or dish out beauty tips for recreating stylish looks at home.
Love My Beautiful's team works out of PinkIce Salon & Boutique, which, as its name suggests, surrounds clients with pink walls, pink chairs, and a pink elephant that nobody ever acknowledges. Keeping with the salon theme, the staff occasionally departs from the eyes to apply sew-in hair extensions.
At Soul Vegetarian, gravy cascades over the burgers and country-fried steaks and creamy cucumber sauce nestles into a gyro pocket. This picture of decadence aside, even as the chefs eschew animal products, they also avoid heavy fats or preservatives. The result is a surprisingly healthy take on classic Southern cuisine, including macaroni and cheese and cornbread. Savory protein comes in the form of tofu, lentils, and a flexible vegetable-protein roast they've dubbed "kalebone."
Even dessert has a healthy side at Soul Vegetarian. Blenders whir with fruit smoothies and soy shakes, many of which incorporate nutrient-dense foods such as coconut milk and almond butter, and even energy or protein supplements. To make perfectly creamy shakes, the restaurant's food inventors created the soy-based Dream Kream—also available by the scoop.
Signature Service: Natural hair, Sew-Ins, Healthy hair
Brands Used: Morrocan Products, Elucence, Kera Care, Design Essentials
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Salon Artesia is a trendy salon playing the latest music, as serving light treats and tea.