Owner Carol Carey regularly travels to London, Paris, and Milan to snatch up the latest in beauty trends and techniques which she quickly totes back to her salon, a chic beauty haven boasting a lengthy menu of hair, skin, and nail services. Bound by a strong culture of creativity, the dedicated staff of experienced stylists, manicurists, aestheticians, and massage therapists consult with clients to determine their aesthetic needs. They then carefully and skillfully execute the requested service, from anti-aging facials to hydrating manicures.
A reflection of Manhattan-style lofts can be seen in the spacious salon?s exposed-brick walls, high-vaulted ceilings, and suspended hair dryers, each an element that Carey fell in love with while studying hair coloring in New York. The contemporary retreat also boasts a row of European-style shampoo bowls, which give stylists 360 degree access to suds up manes with shampoo and Perrier, while advanced hair dryers blow-out heat from three angles for a faster processing time.
Battlefit Gym?s instructors thumb their noses at the suggestion that fighting has no place in public. They happily subvert this social convention, leading students through safe and noncontact fitness classes inspired by the pugilistic arts. Each boxing, kickboxing, or group MMA class is lead by a professional fighter, who teaches basic skills during the up-tempo, one-hour workouts. Students warm up with plyometrics before strapping on 16-ounce gloves and hitting a heavy bag with combination of kicks, knees, and elbows. Classes may burn between 800 and 1,000 calories per session, improve coordination and stamina, and increase your tolerance for listening to the theme from Rocky IV on repeat.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The vast dimensions of Grazie! Grille’s interior are matched by its sizeable menu of American and internationally inspired dishes. Amid the lofty ceilings and a roaring, stone fireplace, plates of steaming pasta emerge from the kitchen, while next door in the dining room, groups share meals or rousing games of telephone in cozy booths. Grazie! Grille also strives to play a part in its community by promoting charities, local events, and fundraisers.
Mikado Bistro's foodsmiths craft flaming wokfuls of favorite Chinese and Japanese dishes, along with plating delicate slices of fresh sushi. Diners can kick off consumption with the hearty crunch of fried wontons ($3.95), and edamame's ($2.95) boiled soybeans spring from their ancestral pods into waiting mouths. Chopsticks peck like foraging antique hunters at signature sushi rolls, such as the Golden Phoenix, a pile of slender disks of unagi, cucumber, crab, tuna, and avocado ($14.95) traditionally served as still-flaming ashes. Patrons can dive into two-item bento boxes ($11.95) filled with such goodies as vegetable tempura, chicken teriyaki, or sushi rolls, or scoop up helpings of succulent mu shu pork ($6.95) with chewy pancakes.
Dynese M. Hess, a certified acne specialist, massage therapist, and aesthetician, combines her 25 years of experience with medical-grade skincare products to cleanse and clear complexions in customized facial treatments. During a custom Classique Essential facial, Dynese steams, cleanses, and polishes weary mugs before evicting freeloading grime from pores during extractions. While aromatherapy stimulates olfactory glands and nimble fingers knead out shoulder, neck, and décolleté aches, troubled frontispieces soak in the mollifying benefits of a customized facial mask, leaving skin as energized and refreshed as a mug of hot coffee after its morning bath. Alternatively, Dynese reins in out-of-control blemishes with prescription-free, clinical-therapy acne treatments for guests suffering from acne grades I to IV. Dynese will perform a skin analysis and collect intelligence on backgrounds, lifestyles, and espionage agents in order to apply the appropriate treatment and to propose a home-care regimen.