After working in spas for two decades, French-educated massage therapist and paramedical esthetician Chrys Straiton founded Studio Blu Spa, envisioning a tranquil retreat where she could continue to advance her skills while pampering clients with facials, massages, and skincare services.
When selecting the team for her new spa, Chrys deferred to experience—each of her licensed nail technicians, for example, has roughly a decade of practice. During microdermabrasions, back facials, and other skincare treatments, Chrys and her staff wield G.M. Collin products derived from natural botanical extracts and finely blended teddy-bear stuffing. G.M. Collin was one of the first brands to integrate collagen into its formulas, and Studio Blu’s devotion to the skincare line evinces both the spa’s openness to innovation and its results-oriented approach.
Primo Comfort Footwear's ample display of shoes caters to runners, athletes, and everyday strollers and includes name brands such as Noat, Merrell, Terra Plana and Inov8. A helpful staffer seeks out a solemate for each foot, slipping rugged paws into durable Tevas ($25) or separating misanthropic toes from one another in the five-toed Vibram barefoot mask ($60+). Slip into a pair of water-resistant Crocs ($30–$45) or rest heels on the cork soles of buckle-bedecked Birkenstocks ($70). The shop carries a variety of athletic and casual styles to keep customers prepared for feats of physical prowess or long waits standing in line outside exclusive tree houses.
Founder and owner Cemhan Biricik has fashion and photography in his blood. His parents, both designers, moved him from Istanbul to Paris at the age of 4, eventually settling in the United States. Here in the U.S. is where he fell in love with photography, and photography loves him back, judging from the more than 15 awards Cemhan has won from National Geographic, Sony, and the International Loupe.
In his daily client work, Cemhan's photography strives to capture the beauty in every day life. His subjects range from the abstract and wildlife to high fashion and weddings, and he's snapped shots of celebrities such as Miss Pennsylvania and Cesar Conde of Univision.
Cemhan's company, Biricik Media, goes beyond photography to provide videography services that capture media for magazines, ad campaigns, and special events. In addition, the company has acquired talented, specialized photographers for specific needs such as bridal showers or portraits of your hair-doll collection.
HealQigong promotes health, enlightenment, and spiritual discovery with the 5,000-year-old Chinese practice of qigong. A central part of traditional Chinese medicine and practiced by more than 200 million people worldwide, qigong involves gentle but powerful physical movements and meditation that relieves pain and reduces stress. Before healing begins, the patient states his or her degree of stress on a 1–10 scale, with 10 being excruciating and 1 being sleeping on a bed of mashed potatoes. During the one-hour proceeding, a healer moves his or her hands over the patient's body without contact, acting as a channel for the universe's healing energy to pass through.
Seventh Street Wine Company's shop and lounge puts 2,500 varietals at the fingertips of eager enophiles, thanks to Italian-made machines that dispense pours by the ounce. Guests simply swipe a drink card to gain access to pours from 20 global regions including California, Slovenia, and Uruguay. The shop's events supply more tasting opportunities, and its stock of bottled wines—ranging from reds and whites to dessert and rice—can be enjoyed at home with friends or adrift at sea with a thirsty whale.