"We are the alternative to liposuction and tummy tucks. We're the natural alternative," said Hypoxi Studio owner Robin Owen on Fox 35. Invented by an Austrian sports physiologist in the late '90s, the Hypoxi system allows slimmers to target problem areas and noninvasively sculpt their physiques into hourglasses or grandfather clocks with vacuum pressure. High-tech equipment resembling massage beds and space pods fill the sun-dappled, second-floor studio.
Originally designed as a hangar for commercial passenger paper airplanes, Parchment boasts 3,700 square feet of flattened trees and three-dimensional giftable goods. Plan ahead for the next formal occasion or beetle-fighting club mass mailing with custom invitations, which can be fancified with vellum overlays, ribbons, and wrap-around pocket folds. The cozy store carries top-notch stationers such as Crane & Co., which supplies the stock for U.S. currency printing, and Caspari, which supplies elegant placecards on which counterfeiters would counterfeit U.S. currency if doing so wasn't so unfashionably illegal. Just collaborate with Parchment's patient staff by letting them know the project you're planning and what you have in mind.
An ever-changing selection of clothing, handbags, and accessories from brands such as Affliction, Miss Me and Sky parade through the overstuffed racks of up-to-the-minute boutique Ocean Drive Fashions. Jump into jeans from True Religion, Robin’s Jean, MEK Denim, and Rock Revival ($98–$168), or use a shirt ($48–$148) to armor a torso against UV rays and paintball hits. Alternately, handbags and accessories from Betsey Johnson and Big Buddha ($25–$98) provide ample arm candy for jaunts to the nearby Restaurant Row. Cheerful staff can guide shoppers through the streams of new inventory that flow in on a regular basis, keeping options fresh and slightly damp.
The professional, certified stylists at The Beauty Bar dazzle customers with the latest in beauty trends and services while creating their own novelties in the process. Defrazzle scalp frizz with a women’s haircut and style ($45), a conditioning treatment ($25), or a Brazilian keratin blowdry ($150). Stray face fuzz can be swiftly decorticated with waxes of the eyebrow ($15), lip ($10), and chin ($10). Full makeup applications ($40) buff facial flooring to a glow stunning enough to knock a horse in shining armor off a knight. Other beautificating services include color ($50+), thermal straightening ($400), hair extensions (price upon request), and installation of a second set of eyes in the back of everyone else’s heads to increase the visibility of your blooming allure.
Plaza Liquors has stocked wine cellars, liquor cabinets, and humidors in Orlando for more than 17 years. Attendees of the October 1 tasting can tickle their taste buds with wines from Sonoma County's Leese-Fitch vineyard and toast the exploits of brave grape-tamers with Plungerhead California zinfandels. The October 8 tasting allows oenophiles to celebrate the Hess family of wines with flavorful pours and subdued fist bumps. The final tasting, on October 15, highlights wines from Hey Mambo vineyard and MooBuzz vineyard on the Sonoma coast. At each tasting, complimentary hors d'oeuvres accessorize the wines and keep peckish sippers from gnawing on stemware.