The welcoming staff at Salon Tii Gavo ushers clients into their warm southwestern studio for a full range of transformative grooming services. A trendy feathering service installs three wispy plumes into coiffures, creating a bohemian look so flattering it makes other hairdos perm up in jealousy. Hair-havers can choose the feathers' placement for a custom style that lasts for up to six weeks and withstands washing, blow-drying, flat-ironing, and curling.
Behind Silver Moon Jeweler's stately black flared awning, delicate wood and glass display cases glitter with precious stones and sterling-silver jewelry for women and men. Baubles from more than 40 artists such as Boma, Holly Yashi, and Rosselini dapple bracelets with inlaid stones, lend spartan embellishments to stately men's rings, and crown women's rings with jewels such as onyx and blue topaz. Silver Moon Jewelers nestles every bauble in a sealed gift bag along with an anti-tarnish strip to ensure ornaments remain sparkling and free of smudges and ancient curses.
Within the century-old confines of Uptown Glassworks' warehouse, furnaces melt handfuls of kaleidoscopic frit into malleable shapes manipulated by a team of professional glass blowers. But these tradesmen don't just create works for the gallery; they also share their secrets with students in a variety of activities, from introductory courses on making beads and paperweights to advanced instruction that can be applied toward college credit or used to fix the pockmarked walls of glass houses.
During the shop's Blow-Your-Own sessions, participants apply color to clear, molten glass that has recently emerged from a 2,000-degree furnace, then blow their mixture into 1 of 20 different shapes. The next day, patrons can pick up their cooled and packaged creations, comparing their handiwork to the gallery's collection of products, which are made by more than 90 local and regional glass artists.
Pop! fills munchie-seeking mitts with fluffy kernels in thousands of base-flavor-and-mix-in combinations. Create-your-own Pop! concoctions begin with butter, caramel, strawberry, or other popcorn foundations (starting at $1.99/2.5 oz.), then mix with more than 100 add-in ingredients ($1 each), from cinnamon to gummy bears to jalapeño bacon salt. Those who are tired of making tough choices can defer to house recipes such as the chocolate malted shake (starting at $2.99/2 oz.) or the peanut butter and jelly (starting at $3.99 /7 oz.). Because today's deal can be applied to online purchases as well as in-store snacks, Groupon buyers can have their popcorn delivered, giving them a legitimate explanation the next time they're caught ravenously eating their mail.
The team at Access Wellness Center beautifies patients with an arsenal of noninvasive medical procedures, cosmetic treatments, and holistic healing. They firm up sagging stomachs with Cellu M6 Lipomassage treatments, and perform noninvasive facelifts to invigorate drooping cheeks without the use of surgery or a troupe of stand-up comedians. They also assuage aches with multiple massage modalities, and bring chakras into balance with holistic healing methods that incorporate energy awareness and meditation.
Nationally certified personal trainer Luka Hocevar turned to fitness tutelage after 20 years of shooting hoops, which took him to the NBA Summer Pro League and Europe's premier basketball leagues. Since then, he has applied his exercise expertise to help fitness newbies and UFC, NBA, and NFL athletes alike whip into shape, making his way into the top five best personal trainers named by KING5 Best of Western Washington in 2010. He doesn’t just dive right in, though. After a friend revealed to him that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” Hocevar has made a commitment to get to know his clients before building an expedited fitness program around their goals and needs.
Hocevar leads a diverse team of passionate, experienced trainers that includes a seasoned martial artist, a soccer player, and a kinesiologist. They motivate clients in both mind and body with customized exercise regimens during group personal training and athlete-performance training, a strength and conditioning program designed to enhance sport-specific movements and improve recovery time. The 4,600-square-foot facility brims with Olympic platforms, kettlebells, dumbbells, and strongman equipment, as well as functional implements to ensure that each workout is varied and challenging.
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance also serves as home base for the award-winning Renton Results Boot Camp. Hocevar designed this results-driven program that mixes cardio and strength training with vigorous interval workouts to trim fat from physiques. To help students best burn fat, trainers constantly rotate drills to keep different muscles engaged, and nutritional manuals outline wholesome meal plans. With Bootcamps-to-Go media in the form of videos, mp3s, and self-destructing scrolls, students can continue to hone their flab-blasting moves at home. Hocevar also strives to make each boot-camp endeavor a personalized one, providing unlimited email support to all of his clients.