There's something magical about a comfy robe and a pair of slippers. Put them on, and you instantly enter a world free of stress and uncomfortable workplace necessities like socks.
That plush uniform grants access to dry and wet saunas, a cold-plunge pool, and a blissful relaxation room. Turn another corner, and there's a fresh juice bar or even a full restaurant with expertly grilled filet mignon.
Marble walls, tiled floors, and some well-placed statues surround visitors as they enter BRC Day Spa & Sauna Resort. Beyond the aforementioned facilities, a trip down one of the resort's hallways might end in the heated waters of a junior olympic swimming pool or the healing atmosphere of a therapeutic salt room, available for an additional charge.
Some spa services require a bit of assistance. Therapists massage with hot stones and aromatherapy, while aestheticians soothe skin with a variety of facial treatments.
Here are some tips for visiting BRC Day Spa & Sauna Resort: fresh towels are available throughout the facility; bring along a bathing suit; children are welcome with close parental supervision.
Anyone who travels along Goffle Road doesn't need a calendar to tell them when Spring has arrived—the blossoming pansies inside Goffle Brook Farm have marked the occasion since 1968. Today, some 40 years after Richard and Dancy Osborne opened it, the family-owned shop still maintains its original traditions, which include opening on March 15 every year and closing for the winter promptly at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
The shop's celebration of the seasons has become an especially beloved practice. In the fall, Goffle Brook Farm transforms into a Halloween utopia, complete with a petting zoo, hay bales, and hand-decorated pumpkins. Come December, the shop aids decorating efforts with its elegant wreaths, which are handcrafted from balsam, frasier fir, noble fir, and, when available, bits of Santa's beard. The rest of the year, Goffle Brook Farm keeps customers stocked with high-quality gardening supplies, from seeds, soil, and mulches to flowers and the pots they go in.
Karma Organic Spa is worth a visit for the scents alone. The interior smells of fresh lavender, mint, and geraniums, thanks to the spectrum of organic beauty products the team uses for their facials and mani-pedis. Patrons drawn in by the woodland scents often stay for pampering treatments.
One popular service? The Karma Milk and Honey mani-pedi, which starts with a warm milk bath followed by a housemade sugar scrub and a skin-softening honey mask. The final step, as in all the spa's mani-pedis, is a coat of soy-based polish from spa owner Nausil Zaheer's own line. His creations, which range from neutral to neon, eschew what Zaheer dubs the "big three" toxins, rendering them safe for pregnant women, many clients with allergies, and stylish trees.
Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique, voted Best Consignment Shop in Bergen County by (201) magazine, affords a luxurious shopping adventure for snagging high-end designer finery, at bank-account-mollifying discounts. Specializing in women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories, Savvy Chic styles customers in top designer brands, such as Free People, Prada, and Juicy Couture. Just like the acceptable length for cargo shorts, the inventory at Savvy Chic is constantly changing, but recent offerings have included a Lily Pulitzer dress ($59), a Theory pantsuit ( $89), and a Louis Vuitton purse ($499).
Chef Central's kitchenware emporium, awarded Best of Westchester in 2010 by Westchester Magazine, plants chefs amid 21,000 square feet of epicurean aids from all-purpose pots to highly specialized gadgets. Amateur foodies and hard-boiled professionals alike can browse aisle upon aisle of cutlery, books, cookware, and gadgets. Lighting on tasteful treasures such as the Cuisipro stainless steel olive oil mister ($15.99), great for healthful baking and weather-resistant hairstyling, or an OXO salad spinner ($29.99).
Though he doesn't wear an actual crown, Bruce Wiener has earned the title of Bed King thanks to his family's long-standing business and his in-depth knowledge of what makes a high-quality mattress. Still, he rules with a fair hand. At his store, he and his staff share the three things customers need to know when buying a mattress: how it feels, how it's built inside, and what their budget is. They advise customers to test out each mattress by lounging on it for 15 minutes, examining its comfort, support structure, and willingness to share bedtime stories. They also arm customers with know-how on the latest technologies, demystifying industry jargon by explaining, for example, that coil systems impart equal weight distribution over the surface of the bed.