Licensed massage therapist Monika Lewandowska has been relaxing tense sinews for more than 12 years. Believing that the body should be treated as a whole—taking into account physical, mental, and emotional symptoms—she offers relaxation, trigger-point therapy, reflexology, and aromatherapy massages, among other specialties. She also incorporates the use of magnetic therapy, negative ions, and far-infrared sun rays for healing, balance, and energy into her use of different modalities.
Before becoming a licensed massage therapist, Michael ?Sage? Bates worked as a farmer raising heirloom produce, medicinal herbs, poultry, and heritage sheep. It was during his studies as an herbalist that his passion for improving other people's well-being was awakened. He customizes each massage according to the client's areas of discomfort and favorite movie genre.
University of Florida fans tuck into booths, sit along the bar, and lean across a blue-felt pool table while they enjoy the lively atmosphere and sports action at Gator Tales Sports Bar. The kitchen sates patrons with a long list of edibles, and bartenders keep whistles whetted and in tune with cool drafts of Miller Lite and Amber Bock. Ceiling fans manufacture breezes on the outdoor tiki bar, surrounded by key-lime-green walls and twin flat-screen TVs, and a mounted gator head smiles above the bar inside.
Stylist Donna Allen draws on more than 35 years of experience in the beauty industry when transforming her clients' looks. Four years of her career were spent in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she learned the ins and outs of the salon and spa industries while working as an apprentice. She moved on to open a salon in Pompano Beach, Florida, and then one in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, but today she puts her expertise on display exclusively at Domaniti’s Hair Studio in Gainesville. She updates hairdos with artful layers and subtle color highlights. While nestled in a cozy salon chair, clients may alternatively de-frizz with a keratin conditioner or relax with a spa facial.
Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic Drive In’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: best value menu, best milk shake, and best drive-thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.