Located on the top floor of Crowne Plaza downtown on East Fifth Street, Stars nourishes sight appetites with panoramic views of the city and dazzles taste buds with a multifarious menu of new American cuisine and crafty cocktails. Dishes knock top hats and monocles off cultured palates with flavor waves created by grilled shrimp caprese salads bolstered by buffalo mozzarella and vine-ripened tomatoes ($13) and tooth treating bites of seared NY strip with spinach and crispy red skin potatoes ($22). Enjoy the $25 for $50 Groupon anytime, or free up time for stressless parade watching by bringing the family to the Thanksgiving buffet, with seatings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Load plates with professionally carved turkey, sweet potatoes with toasted-spice walnuts, and never-canned cranberry and sweet red onion relish, then return home to the unequaled bliss of a kitchen packed with unsullied pots and flatware.
Born in Eastern Kentucky, Kevin Messer's lifelong pursuit of beautiful visual images owes a lot to his Appalachian roots. He likes to capture slices of Americana in his mixed media and digital paintings, whether it’s the sun shining over a country store or the red rock peak of Zion Canyon's Watchman. He sells small format digital reproductions of his work, some as small as note cards, as well as full-sized mixed media canvases, a fitting centerpiece to a collection of home décor.
Act Out Talent Studio offers classes for all levels of entertainers to begin or continue their path towards a successful acting, modeling, or performing career. The studio employs a stable of coaches, each with experience working within their industry, that imparts students with an inside understanding of show business. Acting classes instill confidence and foster talent using emoting exercises covering such basics as observation, improvisation, and translating Shakespeare from the original Swedish. Aspiring models learn everything from expressing an image to nutrition in order to help build a marketable portfolio, and vocal classes allow singers and songwriters to step into an actual recording booth to practice chugging honey before crooning into the mic.
Bellyfire caters to businesses, large-scale events, and busy families that don't have time to prepare homemade meals during the week. Bellyfire’s gourmand gang slaves over hot stoves to churn out culinary creations such as grilled salmon on bowtie pasta with a strawberry, red onion, and romaine salad; and sweet-and-sour pot roast with root vegetables and green-bean-tomato salad. Each meal consists of a palate-prepping salad and a hearty entree with two sides. In order to eliminate the drudgery of dish cleaning, all dinners come in disposable containers, which can be thrown out or fashioned into miniature toboggans for toy-poodle dogsled teams. Bellyfire can deliver meals hot and ready for immediate feasting or cold for storing and reheating.
Nora’s Design Group brims with talent. A team of nearly forty stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists converge their skill sets to create a truly full-service salon. Their collective repertoire covers the full range of hair services, such as cuts, color, and extensions, and braiding as well as spa services such as facials, microdermabrasion, and eye lash extensions. Elsewhere, nail technicians primp hands and feet and massage therapists assuage aching muscles with 30- 60- or 90-minute massages.