Monique Cortes's dream for Sassy Sweets by Monique was to create desserts that were as much a treat for the eyes as they were for the taste buds. She and her team of bakers delicately position fresh flowers on tiered wedding cakes and pipe crowns of frosting onto warm cupcakes. Specializing in gourmet flavors, the chefs mix up fresh batter every day, from their classic red velvet and confetti cakes to the inventive pancake 'n' bacon and blueberry-lemonade recipes. Adults can enjoy cocktail-inspired flavors including piña colada and strawberry daiquiri or place a candle in a cupcake-in-a-jar to celebrate the first anniversary of their moonshine distillery.
In addition to their cheesecakes, brownies, and cake pops, the bakery shares a full café menu of breakfast and lunch dishes. Behind the espresso bar, baristas steam milk for cappuccinos paired with grilled breakfast burritos and sandwiches such as the Folsom Chick with chicken breast, pesto, and housemade garlic mojo.
It's hard to rival Marilyn Monroe's beauty, but Monroe Salon Spa's stylists and aestheticians can help make clients look like their most glamorous selves. Monroe's range of services includes specialty hair design—including extensions and retexturizing treatments—capable of totally remaking a client's everyday look. These heavy-duty beautifying skills are why TLC's A Makeover Story visited the salon to make over two friends before their 25th high-school reunion. The stylists also enhance ocular aesthetics through eyebrow waxing services. When they are not styling tresses in-studio, Monroe Salon Spa's team is tending to bridal parties and creating on-location wedding looks, such as up dos and side-swept buns.
A novice might raise a skeptical eyebrow at a coriander- or sorghum-infused beer, but to craft brewer Erik Schmid, ingredients like these aren’t unusual in the least. At The Brewmeister, Erik teaches small groups of students to concoct liquid refreshments that are both distinctive and tasty. Beer-brewing classes cover the basics of fermentation, proper sanitation practices, and how to funnel beer into bottles or directly into bellies. Though Schmid prepares batches of seasonal ales in brewing classes, he can advise students on any brewing technique.
Those who wish to pursue the art of home brewing can purchase brewing equipment and ingredients such as malts, barley, and hops in The Brewmeister's shop. Schmid also stocks wine-making materials, including a variety of yeasts and rental presses with which to extract juices from grapes or grape-flavored juice boxes.
The experienced glass guardians at Windshield Pros North ensure car owners enjoy unencumbered views. Glass installers certified by the National Glass Association and Dow Automotive Systems employ high-quality materials and specially formulated adhesives to repair or replace glass panes, carving specialized pieces to fit windshields, doors, vents, and back panels. Windshield Pros North’s technicians perform onsite handiwork six days a week, and drivers take advantage of free rental cars. The team also travels directly to homes with its mobile glass services.
Though threading primarily deals with hair removal, the real focus of the service is the skin. Many depilation methods extract unwanted strands, but leave skin irritated and subject to wrinkle-producing tugs and yanks. Threading combats these unwanted effects with a 100% cotton thread that loops and uproots unwanted hair, eliminating the need for chemicals that can cause breakouts and require the placement of hazard stickers on faces. Beauty By Thread’s expert technicians wield strings with the utmost precision, creating sultry eyebrow arches and removing hair from upper lips, sideburns, or infringing hair lines.
Threading leaves brows expertly shaped for up to three weeks, and the staff also offer Lizette Mineral eyebrow-makeup kits, which combine 10 shades of water-resistant powders and six stencils that allow clients to maintain beautiful looks at home. Clients can also add an exotic touch to their look with the shop's showcase of ankle bracelets, bangles, and tiaras instead of filling out the endless paperwork required to adopt a pet tiger.