Cocooned in a rich color scheme of maroon and gold, Ch’i Spa surrounds guests in Asian-inspired décor and intricate wall art. Privacy screens painted with cherry blossoms enshroud treatment beds, creating a peaceful vibe and camouflaging clients from near-sighted tigers.
The staff applies all-natural, organic products to faces and bodies during facials, massages, makeup applications, and waxing services. Samantha Vong, one of the spa's highly trained professionals, earned a spot on Paul Mitchell The School’s prestigious Dean’s List in March of 2010.
Ciao Bella Salon's savvy stylists treat unruly head fur in their comfortable studio, replete with shiny wood-toned floors and walls colored in warm hues. Clients can iron out frizzy hair with a keratin replenishing treatment, in which tiny keratin irons work to flatten curly hair to a silky smooth texture. Or infuse brown, black, or neon yellow into your golden follicles with a full foil and color treatment. Ciao Bella Salon’s expert staff will listen intently to your description of the ideal haircut while giving confident advice as to how to achieve such a flawless hairdo. And since it’s just a short jaunt from neighborhood eateries and antique shops, Ciao Bella Salon makes for a convenient stop on the way to a romantic date or in the midst of a shopping trip to purchase a Latvian submarine. Customers must call ahead to schedule their appointments.
Named Rhode Island Monthly’s 2010 Editors’ Pick for Best Playtime and Best Party Idea for Kids, Artist in You illuminates crafty imaginations with a host of fine-arts classes for kids and adults. Owner Robyn Royles makes the tricky craft of glass fusing crystal clear, showing students how to piece together shapely shards, and mold and fire them to create delicate masterworks. In the square plate workshop, saucer sculptors form lovely 6-inch dishes useful for holding candles or serving unsuccessfully thick soups. Practical princesses can fashion their own earrings, beads, and pendants in the jewelry class, and the Mommy and Me session coaches mothers and their gene-bearers through the design of a nightlight and a pendant or glass tile. Class times vary, so call ahead to schedule your workshop.
Matthew Amaral is a kind of boozy pioneer in Barrington. As the bearer of the first ever "package store" license in what had been a dry town for years, Amaral was quick to put the honor to use, curating an impressive selection of wines, beers, and spirits at Grapes & Grains. Here, visitors browse a vast inventory that includes more than 40 wines for under $12, a collection of coveted Pappy Van Winkle bourbons, and more than 160 craft beers, which can be dropped into build-your-own six packs. Grapes & Grains was named by Rhode Island Monthly as the best liquor store in East Bay.
Named Rhode Island Monthly's best bookstore, Barrington Books carries a cache of adult fiction, nonfiction, children's stories, and works of local and regional authors. Bibliophiles and literature enthusiasts can capitalize on the customer dedication of the store's purveyors, who go beyond the realm of their own wares and can easily track down a hard-to-find title via the out-of-print market. Enjoy the work of local literati, such as Good Night Rhode Island ($9.95), penned by Adam Gamble and Anne Rosen. Aspiring wordsmiths can also explore fictional worlds with a staff selection, such as the Dickens-inspired Girl in a Blue Dress ($25.99) by Gaynor Arnold, or by reading up on Prussia, which cartographers recently proved doesn't exist.