A cozy cocoon inside the Riverview Wellness Center, A New Spirit enriches epidermises with facials, waxing services, and specialty treatments such as microdermabrasions. During each microdermabrasion appointment, licensed aesthetician Ellen Delaney, CME buffs away expired skin cells, age spots, and other imperfections, making each complexion gleam like a freshly waxed unicorn horn. Eschewing traditional crystal-microdermabrasion methods, which blast skin with particles of aluminum oxide, she smoothes visages with the latest DiamondTome texturized wands, preventing foreign matter from touching the face, eyes, and mouth. Not just another friendly face polisher, Delaney brings advanced medical-clinic training and microdermabrasion certification to her practice, making each session as safe and sanitary as it is refreshing. During their tune-ups, clients can unwind by boldly reclining their chairs or quietly humming their favorite banjo solos.
Liehs & Steigerwald has been handcrafting sausages and meats in Syracuse since 1936, when its German-immigrant founders first began sharing their traditional recipes and culinary methods. Current owner Chuck Madonna, who began working at the shop at age 15, and co-owner Jeff Steigerwald now run an expanded operation that keeps butchery simple. Butchers custom-cut top-grade meats on request, grind chuck fresh several times a day, and craft sausages of all sorts, from traditional kielbasa to specialty cheddar and chicken-wing bratwurst.
Savory sausages reside in all-natural casings, free of additives and fillers, and acquire a smoky flavor and a husky timbre in an old-fashioned smokehouse. At-home delivery service ferries the shop’s meats directly to customers’ abodes, though some specialties, such as corned beef, take a little extra time to prepare. Profiled by the Post-Standard, the Irish-American staple takes three weeks to perfect, and Liehs & Steigerwald’s butchers carefully marinate the corned beef in brine, spices, and fresh four-leaf clovers, creating succulent slices that require no extra seasoning before cooking.
For three generations, Westvale Fish Cove has cast a tasty take-out menu of fried-fish favorites and netted a raw menu of freshly caught delicacies for take-home filleting, frying, and flambéing. Westvale's chefs churn out a homemade clam chowder ($2.99–$4.99) Wednesday–Saturday, prepping gill-less palettes for a fried-fish sandwich ($4.99) or a heartier fried-fish dinner that comes with a choice of two sides such as macaroni salad or baked beans ($9.25). Take home lobster tail that guards tender meat made succulent from the crustacean's time spent swinging from one underwater tree limb to the next. Raw sea scallops ($14.99/lb.) and jumbo colossal shrimp ($11.99/lb.) treat tummies to bite-size, oxymoronic morsels of sea-faring heaven.
Founded over 95 years ago, Hercules Candy Company daringly rescues distressed dessert-cravers with their handcrafted chocolates, ribbon candy, brittles, barks, and assortment of other classic confections. In the joyful tumult of the holiday season, these gentle giants flex their candy-making muscles with an array of wintery and Christmas-themed treats. Tree trimming becomes a tasty task with eight flavors of handmade candy canes ($0.85 each); chocolate spoons complete with mini-marshmallows ($1.75) are stirred directly into frothing mugs of hot milk or used as an advantage in a spoon fight; and stockings are stuffed with a gingerbread pop ($2) or solid chocolate Santa ($2.50–$13.99). Chocolate covered potato chips are individually hand-dipped in milk chocolate or both milk and white chocolate for the truly duplicitous secret agent (both $17.99 per pound). Devoted to maintaining their personal, hands-on approach to candy, Hercules Candy roasts nuts on the premises for sweets like their homemade peanut brittle ($11 per pound) and hand-dips chocolate in a variety of molds such as flowers, sports gear, vehicles, and life-sized presidents.