Inside a spacious home office warmed by a crackling fire, Venus Salon and Day Spa's three-person team uses products from brand names such as Schwarzkopf and Bioelements to restore softness and glow to clients’ hair and skin. In the salon, stylist Amanda Smart draws upon more than 10 years of experience to fashion updos, condition tresses, or permanently or temporarily imbue hair with custom color.
Meanwhile, licensed aesthetician Andrea exfoliates bodies with chocolate cherry sugar scrubs and faces with diamond microdermabrasions. She can also treat men’s skin concerns, removing blackheads and uncaught baseballs from pores during custom facials. Licensed massage therapist Mark kneads muscles with four variations on massage, including prenatal and hot stone.
A pirate ship, twisty slides, rope ladders, and a tire swing. These are just a few of the imagination-boosting play pieces furnishing KidzClub’s 6,000-square-foot indoor playground. Inside this safe environment, kids eight and under won’t find flashing lights, robotics, or computers that have learned to love. That’s because KidzClub steers clear of toys that minimize engagement by filling the interactive world with hands-on activities that include a mini gas station, a campground, a construction area, and peddle cars. While watching the little ones scamper or act on the stage, parents can sit at booths in the adjacent café and sip complimentary coffee while surfing the Net. Combining adventuresome play with nibbles such as chicken nuggets and pizza under one roof, KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place also makes a great place for birthday parties.
When he was still a college student, Kevin Kretschmer answered an ad in the local newspaper for a whitewater-rafting guide on the rivers around Syracuse. More than 30 years later, he now owns the company and operates his river tours with the mission of giving others a chance to see the area's scenic beauty. His diverse team of guides—some schoolteachers, some farmers, some factory workers, and some college students—helps paddlers navigate rapids on three rivers while hunkered into six-person inflatable rafts. Together they navigate the calmer Class I and Class II waters of Letchworth State Park, the raging Class II and Class III rapids of the Salmon River, and the passive-aggressive Class III and Class IV segments of Cattaraugus Creek. Guides commence each trip far upstream, allowing rafters to find a rhythm before surmounting the rapids.
Rather than focus on creating competition, the instructors at Iannuzzo's Karate & Kickboxing’s 8,000-square-foot facility take a more family-friendly route, eschewing enmity and keeping a positive frame of mind. This approach helps them train students as young as 4 years old in the art of karate. These all-ages classes focus on flexibility, coordination, and basic self-defense skills. Instructors also help adults obliterate calories and take out aggression against the punching bag that once spurned them in kickboxing classes set to up-tempo music. Instead of sparring, individuals undergo an ever-changing series of workouts with heavy bags, medicine balls, weights, and plyometrics. And the staff shows its theatrical side during children's birthday parties—giving martial-arts demonstrations, leading games, and slicing cakes using an authentic samurai sword.
The cooks at The Stagecoach Cafe plate up a full menu of classic diner fare for breakfast and lunch, then fry fish on Thursday and Friday evenings. Eggs, pancakes, and biscuits with gravy appease bellies in the morning, and a wide variety of burgers and grilled sandwiches can be worn as warm earmuffs at lunchtime. In addition to seafood selections, the dinner hour also boasts down-home entrees such as meatloaf, mac 'n' cheese, and New York strip steak.
The staff at The Reflections Salon & More tend to clients with services slated to enhance exteriors from fingertips to tresses. From simple trims to advanced, artful styling sessions, the shears-wielding professionals exercise diligence and tailor each snip to suit the client’s personality. The resident licensed waxing technician also assists clients by smoothing out bikini areas in preparation for wintertime trips to indoor water parks.