Epicures catch exclusive glimpses and tastes of the brand-new Pearl Dive Oyster Palace restaurant at Black Restaurant Group's pre-opening party, for which all proceeds go to the Washington Nationals’ Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National Medical Center to support the fight against juvenile diabetes. Patrons sample complimentary dishes from Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack as they mingle under stylish lighting and explore the restaurant's glittering new space. A cash bar balances palates with a range of beverages, including original cocktails from the Wilder Brothers, and games of bocce ball provide a classier combination of sports and cuisine than truffle-oil wrestling. To up the ante, a $40 raffle drawing lavishes one lucky winner with a vacation to Napa Valley. Although there is no formal dress code, the hosts encourage sharp ensembles and ask that all capes be floor length.
Vonetta Dumas believes that good haircuts have the power to do much more than simply keep bangs out of eyes or pigtails from getting caught in the jets of low-flying airplanes—they can improve self-confidence and win the respect of others. As she writes in the book she co-authored, Executive Etiquette Power, "When you look good, you automatically feel good about yourself and exude a confidence and self-esteem that is recognized and respected." The expert image management specialist has spruced up the styles of celebrities and diplomats around town, and has been featured on Fox News and in the pages of Politics of Pretty. Vonetta brings her enthusiasm for style and more than 15 years of experience to Signature Image Salon, where she and her team of stylists perform a sweeping array of salon services.
The stylists welcome both men and women into their elegant space, where sleek black salon chairs speckle rustic hardwood floors. In addition to haircuts and coloring services, the stylists specialize in advanced smoothing treatments, including intense hydration steams, keratin conditioning, and smooth infusion re-texturing. The stylists favor products from Aveda, a company lauded for it's environmentally conscious ethics and innovative plant-based products.
Lunar Massage's professionals relieve pain and tension through customer-focused massage sessions. Experienced massage therapists employ their wealth of techniques to target specific problem zones on clients, who remain fully clothed during the procedure. Exposed body parts can be treated with a light cream to enhance the intensity of the clothes-on massage. Committed to improving overall health and well-being, achy muscle assassins slay bodily stress often caused by back pain, anxiety, depression, headaches, and misdirected woodpeckers. While the no-frills, open massage studio does not boast private rooms, partitions ensure privacy and ideal secret-telling conditions.