Nails Lounge pampers its clients the moment they walk through the door. The soothing decor, replete with warm colors and natural accents, prepares clients for their nail or spa services of choice. Long-stemmed roses greet patrons at each table as they sit down for a manicure, during which nail techs exfoliate the skin and sink hands into ultramoisturizing paraffin wax. During a pedicure, lower limbs enjoy scented scrubs and massages while clients sip from glasses of champagne perched on an attached shelf. The massage room wraps its visitors inside its tranquil aura as they lie down for a Swedish massage or a hot-stone massage that heals soreness while integrating Swedish techniques. A screen, painted with cherry-blossom branches, creates stress-dissolving serenity with the illusion of a natural landscape. Aestheticians also keep skin healthy and smooth with deep-cleansing facials, exfoliating body scrubs, and body wraps.
As an education ambassador for CND, Salon Bellezza owner Ann knows way more than a thing or two about nails. In fact, when she is not painting tips in vibrant hues at her salon, she travels around Texas teaching other professionals about manicures and proper patty-cake moves. Her stylists tackle all the hair-related services, from simple cuts to total transformations with highlights or all-over color.
Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.
Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it ?one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,? and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."
The word yaax literally means ceiba tree in Mayan, but it represents the Tree of Life. At Yaax Salon & Spa, owner Claudeth Garcia and her staff embody its name through wellness treatments aimed at achieving inner balance and outer balance with nature. The staff is so committed to nurturing healthy tresses that they custom hand mix many of their hair products chairside using a carefully selected m?lange of organic ingredients. The now-worldwide salon got its start in trendy Seoul, where a progressive approach to Yaax's hair, skin, and nail treatments keeps the inviting salon free of harmful, unpleasant odors produced by artificial fragrances and formaldehyde.
Men and women both get the royal treatment in the salon chair at Yaax Salon & Spa. With training from acclaimed salons ranging from Vidal Sassoon to Toni&Guy, Yaxx's staff is well-equipped to revamp locks with chic cuts and gentle color serums by Organic Color Systems. Stylists also zap frizz with zero-formaldehyde keratin and japanese straightening treatments, which can last up to 12 months.
A.R.T. Massage Body Spa takes its name from the three adjectives that describe each one of its services: advanced, relaxing, and therapeutic. The staff promises their clients will enjoy the latest techniques designed to both soothe the mind and relieve specific needs. Massage therapies thwart tension and improve range of motion, and custom spray tans give skin a sun-kissed glow without having to find a sun-size box of chocolates first. Using Éminence Organic products, the staff cleanses skin and fights signs of aging during signature, cleansing, or organic express facials with blends of organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables rich with nutrients.
Set inside a 1920s bungalow, the spa decorates each private room in modern decor with subtle touches, such as finger bells and aromatics, that appeal to all senses. Before or after treatments, patrons can peruse a selection of clothing, candles, handbags, and jewelry inside the spa’s retail area, which also sells the Éminence Organic skincare line.
The high ceilings and white walls at Smooth Lines Salon and Spa set clients at ease as owner Michelle Taylor and her staff of trained stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists give bodies a beauty boost. As a Bumble and bumble network salon, stylists undergo advanced training in cutting and styling in New York City to keep their skills as sharp as their hair-cutting implements. The salon's collaborative environment encourages stylists to work with colorists to perfect texture and overall presentation, creating a coiffure masterwork that rivals Duchamp's iconic This is not a wig. Tea, coffee, and wine keep clients comfortable as they await beautification.