After working under platform artists for Redken and Paul Mitchell, master cosmetologist Carlos Flores opened Aqua Salon and Day Spa, a Paul Mitchell focus salon that emphasizes continuing education and training for its styling team. During services, the team unholsters premium products such as Aquage and Mitch, a Paul Mitchell line developed especially for men. Because the spa regularly styles both ladies and gents, the decor is neutral and posh, like the Supreme Court’s dressing room. Dramatic plants sprout from vases scattered around the spa, and suede seats and a cowhide rug decorate the lobby.
A cosmetic complex with décor ranging from the chic black tile of its salon to the day spa's bamboo-and-incense ambience, Aventine fills its space with a consummate roster of beautification treatments administered by a highly specialized staff. The classic massage (a $90 value) tailors its 60 minutes of total relaxation to your muscular map's spinal mountain range, flowing energy rivers, and buried treasure chests of stress. A signature 45-minute DermaSweep facial (a $127.50 value) mechanically extracts and exfoliates the face with a gentle vacuum, lifting away dead and deadbeat skin while combating the oxidative aging effects caused by years of reenacting Three Stooges shorts. The treatment begins with a consultation and keeps the skin relaxed throughout with a cleansing massage and therapeutic mask. A three-month membership ($297 value) to Aventine Spa treats members to a range of discounts on salon, massage, and aesthetic services.
Owned by lifelong rug enthusiast Amir Amidi, Medallion Rug Gallery has been furnishing quality floor coverings since 1978. Like a flying carpet mausoleum, every possible surface in the Medallion showrooms are covered in vibrant, intricately woven rugs. With imports stacked from all over the world, overwhelmed rug purchasers can seek succor from a knowledgeable staff member who will help you narrow down your desired color scheme, design, and price. Once a tentative decision has been reached, prospective buyers are encouraged to take the rug home for a risk-free trial run to make sure its presence doesn't spook your skittish furniture. Rugs start at $150 for some clearance items and can reach to thousands of dollars for venerable, antique pieces.
Baker's Chem-Dry's carpet-cleaning solution has been formulated to specifically exclude one thing: harsh chemicals. Instead of chemical solvents, Baker's Chem-Dry's cleaning process relies entirely on the grime-loosening powers of microscopic bubbles, much like cleaning a shirt stain with sloshes of club soda or Dom Pérignon. When combined with hot water, the bubbles help loosen dirt embedded deep within fibers before being sucked away in the vortex of the company's PowerHead unit. Because no soaps or detergents touch the carpet, it leaves no residue, requires no extra rinsing, and dries to a foot-pampering finish within six hours.
Carpet One Floor & Home cossets chambers with a variety of ground garments including carpet, wood, laminate, vinyl, and ceramic tile. At Carpet One's show room, an attentive sales staff will guide customers through a SelectAFloor shopping system, to show them hundreds of flooring colors, styles, brands, and mouth feels. Hardwoods ($1.99–$15.39/sq. ft.) from brands such as American Expressions and Invincible can enrobe entryways in warm earth tones and glossy finishes, and vinyl, tile, or laminate flooring can cover foot highways with durable, low-maintenance surfaces. Meanwhile, Evans Black, Millcraft, and Tigressá carpets ($0.89–$9.08/sq. ft.) arrive at their new homes and promise that they will not attack window treatments.
There are 1,000 meters in a kilometer, and there are more than a thousand Carpet One Floor & Home locations throughout the world. Yet each one is locally owned and operated, demonstrating the company’s priority of uniting low prices with the friendliness that attends having its stores run by stakeholders in their communities. The staffers shower their flooring knowledge on guests as they work together to match each home with one of the innumerable brands of carpeting, hardwood, or tile flooring. They walk customers through the difference in the brands, such as Relax, it’s Lees carpets, which use stain-resistant EverTex fibers. They compare that to, say, Forever Hardwood’s real-wood-veneer surface, which can’t definitively be proven not to have been made from George Washington’s teeth. After helping with the decision making, the floor specialists send a certified installer to houses to perform re-floorings with the Healthier Living installation process, which minimizes dust and odors in the new carpeting. The installers outfit the rooms while taking the most care possible; they even back their work up with a guarantee that homeowners will be satisfied.