CJ Hair Company's eponymous owners Celeste Ciotoli and Jeanne Anastasiou built their salon around the Brazilian keratin treatment. Clients can avail themselves of the salon's library of keratin formulas, talking with one of the straightening-specializing stylists about the pros and cons of each elixir. Once clients have found their perfect match, they lie back and enjoy the three-hour smoothing service, which helps purge hair of frizz for three–six months by binding hair shafts with a strengthening, keratin-based solution. Clients can breathe easy during the entire process as the salon's specially chosen ventilation system whisks away any unwanted fumes. While the CJ's Brazilian straightening is its centerpiece, clients can also opt for traditional aesthetic services including haircuts, highlights, and Evalash brand eyelash extensions to help dole out monarch-worthy butterfly kisses.
Outstretched red awnings beckon to dirt-caked automobiles at Bethpage Car Wash, inviting cars to cleanse their exteriors in a recently renovated and upgraded automated wash tunnel. After staff members vacuum and wipe down vehicle interiors, a conveyor lures cars into a gauntlet of blue and yellow arches that erupt with soapy water and Rain-X protectant. Tumbling neoprene brushes scrub away gunk as a computerized system apportions the right amount of soapy solution to each car's body, wheels, and built-in soap dispenser. After passing through blustery jet dryers, a fully stocked accessory section plies materialistic cars with mats, air fresheners, and wiper blades. During the week, Bethpage Car Wash maintains late-night hours until 10 p.m., helping cars clean up after rolling through late-night rendezvous or egging the principal’s RV.
Since 1997, families and friends have gathered around the timber-topped tables at H.R. Singletons for fresh, hearty American meals and frothy brews. Servers navigate checkered floors and leather barstools, securing the attention of diners with fat burgers, piles of pasta, and succulent dishes of fish, steak, and ribs, which come slathered in a barbecue sauce that makes them immune to ticklishness. Dark wooden paneling lines the walls surrounding a British-style bar, where 25 beers reach for the brims of glasses and five large plasma televisions display the most romantic sporting events to appeal to both halves of dates.
For more than 50 years, Daylight Donuts has used high-quality ingredients and recipes honed over eons to create a vast assortment of delectable edibles and beverages. Mix and match a dozen donuts (a $7.99 value) from more than 50 varieties, made fresh daily, choosing from chocolate, glazed, sugar-bathed, sprinkle-showered, fruit-embedded, and low-cholesterol iterations. Graduate to second-tier sugar consumption with specialty dough rings that incorporate M&M’s, Reese’s, and Snickers bars. Four 12 oz. coffees or cappuccinos warm up donut bites before escorting them down darkened esophagi (an $11.96 value). Two accompanying specialty pastries can either be noshed immediately or taken home to induce sweet dreams by serving as comfy pillows.
Nominated by Long Island Press as one of the best local car washes of 2011, Cottage Car Wash grooms vehicles with extensive wash and indoor detail packages. During the 15-minute deluxe car wash, an exterior bath precedes a flurry of dirt-defying treatments including hot sealer wax, Black Magic tire shine, an undercarriage wash, Velocity clear-coat protectant, and Rain-X protectant. Technicians will also vacuum the interior and shampoo the front two floor mats. The complete detail package commences indoors with an exterior wash bolstered by a paint-pampering Clay Magic treatment. After applying compound and polish to awaken the paint from weather-beaten sleep, technicians slather on protective Carnauba paste wax fortified with Teflon, smear on a layer of hand glaze, and detail the rims to keep the wheels spinning shinily. On the inside, staffers steam clean carpets and upholstery, detail the dash and console, and treat the leather before sending the car off as clean and polished as an egomaniac's trophy case.