Indulgence Salon & Spa's stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians are equally comfortable creating subtle, natural looks and bolder styles. The stylists blend hair extensions made from real human hair seamlessly into existing locks and whip up natural-looking color using a combination of highlights and lowlights. They also arrange hair into soft updos that, like Justin Bieber tattoos, look equally eye-catching on both teenagers and older women.
For those who want more dramatic looks, the hair experts coat strands with luminous hues, and the nail technicians paint daring nail designs onto pointed talons. Permanent-makeup technicians make lips stand out with vibrant reds or dot subtle pigments onto lash lines.
Depending on what kind of appointment they had that day, guests may leave Pizazz Salon with bronzed skin, relaxed shoulder muscles, or shiny cuticles. Boasting both traditional and stand-up tanning booths, the salon imitates the sun's warming glow regardless of the season. The beds don't do all the work, though; elsewhere, trained therapists ease away aches and pains with massages, and technicians beautify bods with nail services and haircuts.
Armed with savvy scissor skills and top-notch noggin products from TIGI, Whitney Martin takes pride in transforming everyday head topiaries into fashion-forward model manes. After a consultation to determine a style that will most flatter your face shape, wisps will be whisked into a salon chair and treated to a deep-conditioning treatment, encasing hair in rich moisture and repairing damage done during years of drying it in the toaster. A final style enlivens limp locks, coiling them into curls or straightening them into strands of silk.
Cafe 225’s seasonally changing menu is a tour of California. Fresh seafood evokes the state’s scenic coastline, and chicken breasts hot from the oak-charcoal grill come with drizzles of cream sauce and slices of avocado that call to mind the state’s lush avocado groves. Crowned in fire-roasted chilies and chipotle aioli, the eatery’s burgers mimic the spiciness of the Mexican food just across the border; with bacon and locally sourced cheddar, meanwhile, they become a tastier American classic than a baseball on a pie tin. An array of personal pizzas and pastas rounds out the menu, and the wooden bar’s selection of 70 wines and artisanal beers complements meals.
The restaurant’s proprietor got his start in the industry at the age of 12, when he helped make sandwiches during the lunchtime rush at his father’s San Francisco eatery. In the ensuing decades, he has cultivated the know-how and taste to construct Cafe 225’s menu, along with its exposed kitchen and rotisserie grill. Today, he even makes a point of sourcing as many ingredients as possible from environmentally sustainable companies.
Situated in a historic neighborhood under the shadow of Sequoia National Park, Liza's Day Spa steeps the senses in tranquility with essential-oil aromas, Asian-inspired décor, and the sounds of burbling water. Skilled massage therapists mend tense backs with modalities ranging from Swedish and deep tissue to shiatsu and craniosacral, each helping to eradicate tension, chronic pain, and ill feelings toward mouthy shoulder blades. In a bath of warm, polished stones, patrons wiggle digits to prep them for the gentle shaping and polishing of hot-stone mani-pedis, and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion and custom facials help exfoliate and hydrate the skin.