With a menu that introduces traditional Italian fare to a modern culinary sensibility, Adesso Bistro's chefs have garnered acclaim from a host of publications including the Vancouver Courier and the Globe and Mail. "Adesso" translates to "now" in Italian, symbolizing the culinary artisans' commitment to turning fresh locally sourced and organic ingredients into vibrant plates that carry the flavours of Italy's northwestern coastal region Liguria. Known for its capital city of Genoa, the seafood-loving region is dotted with small towns that produce dynamic takes on Italian staples such as foccaccia, pesto, and calamari. Adesso's owners line its facade with lush vegetation and accent the dining room with dark wood tables and chairs. Servers flit imported and local wines to tables dotting the outdoor patio among neatly trimmed bushes and the sweet sounds of the eatery's three squirrel tenors.
The skilled technicians at all of O Spa's three beauty havens focus on fostering whole-body well-being as they tend to skin with more than 10 treatments, including more than 10 massage modalities. Advanced med-spa treatments include laser hair removal with the Eterna Giovinezza by Quanta System, which destroys follicles at the root with its heated rays in 15-minute to two-hour sessions. Permanent-makeup sessions focus on defining facial features with cosmetic tattoos. The areas are first covered with a topical anesthetic to make the experience more comfortable before a permanent-makeup artist inks the lids with faux eyeliner, fills in the brows, or creates the illusion of full lips by tattooing "I Heart Mom" around them.
BodyLine Medical Spa's talented team polish and pamper sallow skins with a variety of facial treatments in a professional, relaxing environment. The SilkPeel dermal infusion employs a nonabrasive procedure that combines exfoliation with topical treatments to assuage specific skin conditions. Special rotary instruments file away surface-level cells, and targeted ingredients infiltrate deeper layers of the skin's cellular organization, where they lead letter-writing campaigns to protest the spread of fine lines and wrinkles.
Red Phoenix Wellness Center's founder, Lisa Shapiro, has been a licensed massage therapist for more than 34 years. During her career, she's had a chance to ply her stress-relieving skills on all types of bodies, including dancers, athletes, and bodybuilders. She even toured with the cast and crew of Bob Fosse's Dancin' in the early '80s, an experience that allowed her to perfect her dynamic skills and a mean sideways shuffle with a shoulder roll. Today, she continues to use her healing hands to treat everything from back and neck pain and sciatica to migraines and nerve impingement, drawing from modalities that range from basic Swedish to energizing shiatsu.
Salon Blue bolsters stylists' expertise through carefully calibrated training programs, helping to earn them name-checks in magazines such as Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle. The hierarchy at the salon begins with creative stylists, who hone their craft through ongoing education as they collect the six golden curling irons required to ascend to the level of artistic director. To obtain the top rank as a master director, stylists must study under hair gurus such as Vidal Sassoon and John Sahag, and they often show off their skills as platform artists at beauty shows. Though their titles vary, stylists at every level of expertise can deliver haircuts, color treatments, and makeup applications using Dex New York modern mineral makeup. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the salon's minimally decorated floor with light and allow straightening treatments to set via photosynthesis.
The licensed aestheticians at Omage Medi Spa strive to slenderize bodies and detoxify the skin with organic body wraps, exfoliating facials, and pampering massages. The body wrap swathes figures in an embrace of natural sea clay designed to draw away toxins, reduce the appearance of cellulite, obliterate dead skin cells, and prepare freshly slimmed clients to be accused of airbrushing real life. During the mini facial, a pore-scientist discusses each client's facial needs and cleans the epidermis before exfoliating the surface of the skin to oust dead skin cells. Warm steam opens pores, necessary extractions evict lingering blemishes, and a face-and-neck mask nourishes the skin. A mini massage treats patrons to 10–15 minutes of aromatherapeutic bliss, with delicate motions intended to stimulate circulation in the face, the neck, and the décolletage. Guests paint watercolor portraits of their rejuvenated selves with complimentary coffee, tea, or other proffered beverages during the approximately 90-minute treatment package.