After suffering from a number of painful complications tied to an allergic reaction, Quiet Touch's owner Jennifer Apolinario says that massage therapy was what made her feel whole. Trigger-point massage helped to relieve severe migraines, and craniosacral therapy worked to restore balance after being paralyzed on her left side. She opened Quiet Touch to share the healing power of touch through massage sessions rather than by high-fiving every sad-looking person she passes. She incorporates Biofreeze products during joint massage to restore flexibility with a cooling sensation similar to an ice pack. Paraffin dips, which for Apolinario relieved the stiffness from rheumatoid arthritis, envelop hands and feel in soothing warmth.
The multitalented team of beauty specialists at Hair Magic Reflections gussies up visitors with an eclectic array of services for hair, nails, and skin. After a consultation, hairstylists prune overgrown head gardens, add sheen to locks with highlights or color treatments, and tame hard-to-manage curls and frizz with protein-packed keratin serums. Across the salon, nail technicians reward hardworking appendage-enders with soothing mani-pedi services, during which they file down natural scratchers, shoo away chinese finger traps, and adorn digits with acrylic nails. With similar enthusiasm for beautification, Hair Magic Reflections' epidermal specialists use ageLoc Science to restore skin's youthful glow and silky smooth touch.
Co-founders Spooks "Spooky" Joya and Legion Avegno preside over a chorus of humming needles at Fallen Sparrow Tattoos, where a team of talented, professional artists customizes bodies with unique tattoos and piercings. After serving in apprenticeships under some of New York City’s most renowned inkers and pulling his first tattoo needle from an immovable stone, Spooky continues to decorate skin with pristine line work and elegant scripts. Co-artist Legion sits beside Spooky in the hygienic studio as he converts clients’ half-formed ideas into colorful sleeves or black-ink tuxedo jackets. Piercers Billy and Tyler work alongside their tattooing counterparts, busily bedecking bodies with custom surface and deep-tissue piercings.
Old Town serves saucy pastas, cheesy sandwiches, and pizzas in varying dimensions. Build your own medium cheese pie on one of five crusts: thin ($12.50); double dough ($13.65); or deep dish, Chicago style, or Sicilian-style stuffed, which has all four smaller crusts stuffed inside it ($15.40 each). Choose from one of Old Town's specialty 'zas, such as a medium veggie ($19.20), barbecue chicken ($17.90), or the meat-tastic Butcher's Block ($19.20). Pasta dishes are all less than $10, and include noodley hits such as baked lasagna and chicken parmesan ($9.55 each). Old Town also specializes in subs, burgers, and sandwiches ($6.25 and under), as well as fried panzarotti and baked calzones, otherwise known as Italian Hot Pockets ($7.50–8.95).
Under Dr. José Ruiz's guidance, the Florida Institute of Rejuvenation Medicine's certified technicians wield high-tech gadgets to rid bodies of spider veins. Spider-vein-removal sessions commence with a consultation, in which technicians evaluate skin and form a plan for banishing the offending spider veins—an ideal process for body areas such as the face, neck, thighs, and liver. Steady hands then guide a laser over skin surfaces to blind veins with light for 10–20 minutes, causing blood vessels to gradually fade away. Post-treatment, skin may temporarily appear flushed and brown spots may seem darker.