Since 1994, Andersonville’s A Taste of Heaven has beatified tastebuds with freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, and decadent desserts. The resident bakers whip up everything from scratch, bringing malted milk ball cupcakes to life, and layering slices of oven-warm bread with roast beef, peppered turkey, fontina cheese, and red pepper mayo for the Goodman sandwich. During weekend brunch, the cozy shop runs the sweet-and-savory gamut with brioche french toast covered in real Vermont maple syrup, and a breakfast burrito that tests the structural integrity of tortilla with loads of cheddar, guacamole, and scrambled eggs.
The aestheticians and stylists at Modern Wave Salon help initiate relaxation and restore natural beauty with an array of hair, spa, and beauty treatments. Modern Wave Salon's staff, which has served Bridgeport for more than 26 years, pairs treatments with ongoing consultations, tips on contemporary styles, and legal advice. The salon's services range from full formal up-dos to hydrating facials replete with seaweed masks and a massage of the face, neck, and shoulders. Beauty buffs wax arms, backs, and bikini lines, and help prep guests for weddings with bridal makeup applications or for upscale barn raisings with classic french manicures. Inside the studio, hanging lights cast a warm glow onto exposed-brick walls.
Inside a dynamically designed orange-and-brown space, Chocolate For Your Body’s techs summon the skin-polishing power of cocoa when performing facials, manicures, and pedicures. They mix natural ingredients such as raw cacao, fruits, and spices to concoct revivifying elixirs that they then paint onto skin, recruiting Éminence organic skincare products to further enhance epidermises. A roster of thoughtful seasonal treatments tackles specific woes associated with each season, such as the winter-specific dry skin and temporary tattoos left by snowmen.
The staff can also crown freshly cleansed façades with permanent makeup or eyelash extensions, and they harness Wella and Schwarzkopf products for hair services, which include cuts, coloring, and conditioning treatments.
The hair artisans at Tease Salon & Spa transform limp locks into shiny and bouncy bouffants through stylish yet easily maintainable haircuts and lessons in home care. Tress pampering begins with a sudsy MoroccanOil shampoo to remove grime and dried paint, and then a luxurious, 15-minute MoroccanOil hot-oil treatment infuses strands with strength and moisture. Finally, a master stylist snips and clips strands into the client's desired shape with an attention to detail normally only exhibited by artists responsible for painting zebras' coats. Tamed tresses fall smooth and silky under the heat of a blow-dryer, transforming 'dos into magnets for coworkers' fingers.
Passionate about fashion and beauty, stylist and salon owner Danyel Nicole studied hairstyling at the Matrix Academy, earning an apprenticeship at a top-200 salon before opening her own doors. Her South Loop salon pampers and beautifies clients with a slew of haircut and color services. Danyel’s specialties include retexturizing treatments, including Brazilian blowouts, as well as hair extensions, which range from Dreamcatcher, to Malaysian, to virgin Brazilian sew-in varieties. A zeal for education regularly lures the busy entrepreneur back into the classroom where she has learned to thread, do fake bake spray tans, and perform body wraps. She shares her savvy on a friendly blog that chats about sundry topics such as summer hair health and Halloween costumes, as well as answering readers’ questions about cutting-edge treatments and how Treasure Trolls' hair repels gravity.