Clients relax as they sip frothy beers and tart ciders amid the elegant white décor of The Wax Bar's lobby before following aestheticians back to a private treatment room for one of a broad repertoire of signature hair-removal services. Staff at The Wax Bar's two locations aim to make waxing or sugaring a luxurious and dignified experience, soothing clients' jangling nerves with drinks from the wet bar. Each aesthetician boasts a repertoire of discomfort-minimizing tricks to ensure sugaring and waxing services for men and women's brows, backs, and bikinis go as swiftly and painlessly as possible. After follicles have said their tearful goodbyes to unwanted hair, aestheticians apply aftercare products and advise clients on the best way to reduce irritation on freshly bare skin. Staff members also offer facials whose targeted therapies incorporate products from Dermalogica and Aveda.
Cotton Caboodle's all-women staff swaddles children and their mothers in a collection of durable, easy-to-layer duds comprised of luxe fabrics and innumerable colors. Youngsters can do their best rainbow impression by picking from a kaleidoscopic variety of short- and long-sleeved shirts made from 100% cotton ($12), or one of many striped, multicolored tunics ($18). Poplin dresses gussy up gals for Sadie Hawkins slow dances ($24), and handy pairs of cargo pants grant ample pocket space to store school supplies, Skittles, and sentient science projects. Mothers and daughters can glam up gams with Lycra leggings and sweats ($10–$24), or layer regal cardigans ($29) atop stylish modal tops from Sucre Soir ($20).
Gini, the owner of Math 'n' Stuff, considers herself a math evangelist. That means that she preaches her love of numbers, but also strives to liberate math and other subjects from negative stereotypes. And Gini does just that inside her colorful, kid-friendly shop, where she and her staff host events and help visitors navigate a cheery labyrinth of more than 25,000 products. Math 'n' Stuff's expansive inventory, which serves the shop's strategy, includes subject-based games, toys, and anything the staff views as educational and fun. The store also acts as a resource for parents, teachers, and tutors, who might otherwise be stuck calling Archimedes' 1-800 number.
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In the skilled hands of Moxie & Oliver's leather worker, Caitlin McNamara, hides transform into elegantly decorated cuffs, belts, wallets, journals, flasks, and more. Each item serves as celebration of the time-tested art form, whether it's carved, branded, or dyed with black or colored designs; layered into dimensional art pieces; or kept simple with textured stitching. But the studio's artisan doesn't just sell her goods. She also share her secrets with students, leading workshops and classes that make craftsmen out of newcomers.
Olivia's Consignment 4 Kids stocks kids' clothes, toys, and supplies, adding new items to its shelves every day. While parents explore the store, kids can play with the train table, enjoy reading a book in the large reading area, or test out each firetruck and doll until they find their new favorite. Gently used items that do not sell within 60 days are donated to local non-profits such as Westside Baby, Treehouse, and Goodwill.?
What makes it great: shelves stocked with hundreds of games you can try before you buy, free games nights on Saturday where guests can learn how to play any game, and special events for enthusiasts ranging from kids D&D to beer and gaming nights for adults