You can call her The Eyebrow Girl, but Ana also claims the title of licensed skin care therapist. Ana and her staff specialize in eyebrow shaping, and they approach the form as an art?they factor in symmetry, proportion, and visual harmony in order to give every eyebrow a shape that gels with the client's features and permanent monocles. To that end Ana offers eyebrow-design sessions with tweezing or waxing services. They also will help beautify the rest of the face, using skincare treatments such as the 60-minute therapy facial, which includes a skin analysis, oxygenation, customized mask, and a reflexology massage, which helps to reduce blemishes and give the complexion a radiant glow.
Peering into ritzy, gold-framed mirrors, clients at Hair Las Olas can watch stylists as they turn envisioned hairstyles into reality. The long-open salon specializes in traditional hair care for men, women, and children. Their services range from highlights and updos to clipper cuts and beard trims to keratin treatments, which transform frizzy hair into a sleek, manageable mane for up to five months.
Those looking for Las Olas Barbershop need only look for the striped Padair barber pole, which has been spinning out front for generations. Made in the year 1948, it’s emblematic of the longevity of the shop, which first opened on Las Olas Boulevard in 1951 and was helmed by the same man—Ben "The Barber" Adamo—for more than 46 years. Though Ben has since passed, the traditions set down by the old-school barber are continued by current owner David Quinn, who takes care to ensure his third-generation customers receive the same quality service as their fathers and grandfathers before them. He's also taken great pains to revamp the aging hub—which he described as "a piece of history on the boulevard," to Go Riverwalk writer Kevin Lane—while respecting its legacy and character.
Today, though the wood floors and paint colors have been updated, guests can still see Ben's familiar photo and prized golf club hanging around. Upgrades have included barber cabinets and chrome-and-porcelain Paidar barber chairs dating back to the 1930s, which add authenticity to the shop's vintage aesthetic and nightly jitterbug marathons. And while the new generation of barbers continues to dole out the shop's signature shave-and-a-haircut service, they now also cater to women and kids and have even added manicures to the menu.
"Celebrate without worry!" It's a suggestion easier said than done. But the staff at Blissful Innovations, LLC know a worry-free event is possible—after all, they plan them all the time. That's why "celebrate without worry" acts as their advice to clients as their event planners take care of every intricate detail of their wedding. The planners collaborate with the bride and groom to understand their vision for the big day, and then bring all the moving parts together to make it happen, even keeping things running smoothly the day-of. The planners also lend their organizational talents to other special events, from birthday parties to company outings.
The bakers of Homemade do things their own way. First, instead of operating a regular shop, they roll around town in their food truck bringing soft serve, savory lunches, and cupcakes to the masses. Their options are far from ordinary too, often with liquors or vegetables balancing out their sweet treats. While spirits are only available in specially-marked batches for grown-ups, many cupcakes mix in hidden, barely-there veggies like kale or zucchini. Though Homemade is perhaps best known for its everyday desserts, the team also puts together catering packages and full-size party cakes to feed groups.
At Kavasutra, guests chat with friends over cups of kava, a traditional root extract from the South Pacific celebrated for its soothing, sedative effects. Rather than impairing mental function like alcohol, kava merely relaxes the mind, allowing patrons to leave the worries of everyday life behind for a spell. Surrounded by cozy couches and Polynesian-inspired decor, visitors can lounge in an oasis of calm as they make new friends.