From his small village in central Greece, Tom Goulas brought a piece of his heritage across the pond to share: the cuisine. In 1975 he first founded Honey Tree Grille with the intent of sharing the rich, flavorful food of his native country. Since then, his business has grown three-fold, but Goulas aims to maintain the old-school attention to both the dishes the kitchen sends out and the service. These days, the menu can be found across seven different locations. There, diners will find a handful of familiar American classics alongside Greek staples such as fresh-sliced gyro sandwiches, layered mousaka, and golden, flaky spanikopita.
Amid her self-named salon’s buttery-yellow walls, Quenlyn Watkins leads a staff savvy in hair, spa, and skincare services. Their specialties include:
Though diminutive in size, Essentials of Eton Street Nail Studio boasts ample warmth and charm. Upon entering the cherry-red interior, patrons can hang up their jackets on a curled, silver coat rack and then settle into a velvety cushioned chair with a magazine. At manicure stations, clients can redirect their attention to a wall-mounted TV as talented techs groom and polish their natural nails or apply acrylics or adamantium claws. Foot worries dissolve away into a bubbling pedicure tub as torso muscles enjoy extra pampering in the salon’s leather pedi-throne, which inexplicably knows how to administer shiatsu-massage services.
Rosebudll is a little hidden gem in Birmingham. It is decorated like a victorian cottage, specializing in manicures, pedicures,waxing and facials. Its a place you can come to and leave the outside world behind get pampered and feel like your in someones living room, hanging out and talking to friends.
The Socialite Beauty Bar’s owner, Arian Simone, is a multitasker. In addition to being the founder of Fearless magazine and a public-relations expert, Arian also provides the nail technicians at the salon with her own Arian Simone Beauty Products for use during spa services. Made of natural ingredients, the brown-sugar scrub, peppermint cream, and mango body butter nourish skin roughened from cold weather and gloves knit from steel wool. The technicians also employ OPI polish and chip-resistant CND Shellac, and soak feet with FootsieBaths, which employ disposable liners to ensure hygiene.
A glass of complimentary wine, sparkling cider, or tea enhances each visit, and free WiFi enables guests to check email or the status of the futures market for dragon tears as they wait amid the salon’s lavender walls and gleaming wood floor.