The crew at My Lil’ Princess Day Spa shuttles itself about the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area and administers kid-friendly spa treatments to make girls feel like royalty. With an eye toward glamorizing get-togethers, the entertaining experts oversee birthday parties, administer mini mani-pedis, and apply nail-art designs ranging from hearts to zebra prints.
Maisha McCoy made it her mission to be a health and fitness resource for her community. And her community is in good hands: along with experiences as a group fitness instructor, she was also a retail pharmacist. She currently runs Breathe4Sure Pharmacy Solutions, a diabetes consulting company. This health-fitness background also comes into play at Zumba with Maisha, where she leads Zumba classes at local churches such as Perkins Square Church. Everyone is welcome—including kids, adults, or those with no Zumba experience—to have fun while working hard as they blast calories and tone up during the aerobic workouts.
The Works Fun Center opened its doors to provide youngsters with a fun, safe place to let off steam, have a good time, and quite simply, act their age. Inside the entertainment emporium, kids unwind while learning the fine art of tag-team parallel parking while behind the wheel of a bumper car. They can also rack up high scores in an arcade or tumble through the colorful tunnels and tubes of the indoor playground. But, while the focus is on kids, The Works makes sure to help out adults, too, specifically with party-planning packages that include pizza and decorations.
Though he spent much of his life as a truck driver for the city, Shareef's true calling was cooking. But it wasn't until he resigned from his driving job that he took a leap of faith and opened his first restaurant. Shareef's business has since evolved from halal hot dogs and burgers cooked on a small grill at his first establishment to a full menu of Mediterranean-style wraps, sandwiches, and platters served at two namesake eateries. To anchor the menu, the grill's chefs pair tortillas, buns, and beds of lettuce with halal and kosher meats and vegetables sautéed in their own butter sauce and craft housemade desserts including sweet-potato-and-cheese pies from fresh ingredients. And regardless of what location you are dining at, Shareef and his staff aim to make their space inviting and their food consistent by making every order fresh.
And Shareef's diners aren't the only ones raving about the menu's healthy yet delicious Mediterranean cuisine. The mayor of Baltimore even took notice, presenting the eatery with a certificate of recognition for their "outstanding contributions and dedication to providing . . . families with nutritious, affordable food."
When Kemeitria Howard was a child, she watched her mother, Kimberly, work hard for a living. But when the work day was done, Kimberly would always find time to unwind with her friends at the local salon. Seeing this had a big impact on Kemeitria, who has always associated salons with relaxation, group support, and a full life. That's why she set out to create her own salon, Kimberly's Retreat, LLC, where other women could have the luxury of being both pampered and treated like family.
When clients come in for a service, whether it is a haircut, relaxing treatment, or color work, they are immediately offered a complimentary beverage. They are then lead to the wash stations, where stylists deepen the relaxing element of their services with a complementary facial massage. This stimulates flow of blood for a glowing complexion before treatments. Staff specialize in working with braids and natural hair setting to numerous styles of extensions. These can be as permanent or temporary as desired, much like that full-size tattoo you got inked of your favorite sweater.
There are lots of ways to get your pizza fix at Zella's Pizzeria, which is back under original ownership. The quickest, perhaps, is to order one of the house's signature gourmet pizzas such as the roasted eggplant topped with roasted red peppers and kalamata olives. But diners with time and energy to spare can pour over the menu to build their own pizza. All pizzas start with freshly made dough before diners choose from six sauces ranging from traditional tomato to herbed olive oil and more than 30 toppings including green olives, fresh tomatoes, and roasted garlic that can be consumed willy-nilly or reorganized on the pie to make the Italian flag. The same top-quality ingredients that go into Zella's pizzas are used to make smaller dishes such as spinach and artichoke calzones and meatball sandwiches.