Underneath the glow of a chandelier and hanging pendant lights, technicians at the sun-flooded Stylish ten studio detail digits with OPI and Essie polishes. Rustic brick and earth-toned walls accented by a flat-screen TV entertain visitors' eyes as techs soften skin with scrubs made from the likes of green tea, turbinado sugar, and coconut. A warm neck pillow pampers bow ties; booties and mittens seal in lotion; and a postmanicure neck massage shoos away tension. Techs also protect hardworking nails with a no-chip formula, leaving finger shields impervious to nicks and dents from wayward shopping carts for up to two weeks.
When Director Tony Youhanna and George Solomos founded Little Legends Soccer Academy in 2009, they found themselves filling a niche. At the time, the North Shore offered no quality soccer coaching for youngsters interested in the game. Their first session was a success, drawing thirty eager players, but it didn't prepare them for the popularity that was to come. Since that day, the academy has ballooned: more than 300 children ages 24 months to 8 years old are currently enrolled in its various programs.
Each clinic helps kids build soccer fundamentals such as foot skills, passing, and receiving in an environment that encourages fun and teamwork. Very young players—24 to 36 months—start off in the Born to Kick program, which couples soccer skills with mind-nurturing topics such as shapes, colors, and vocabulary. As children get older and their skills progress, they move into clinics aimed at more advanced techniques, eventually putting them to work in games. The academy's Space program—standing for speed, agility, core, and endurance—does away with the soccer ball altogether, focusing instead on exercises to improve footwork, speed, and balance.
Stylist and owner Robin DiPaolo designed Blue Orchid Salon and Spa to facilitate thorough relaxation with head-to-toe treatments. Besides standard cuts and colors, stylists calm wild hair textures with treatments such as japanese hair straightening, chemical relaxers, or soothing whale songs. On the spa side, aestheticians customize facials to each customer’s skin type, while massage therapists enhance Swedish or deep-tissue strokes with body polishes and hot stones.