As successful as he is today, it might be surprising to learn that restaurateur Alain Keller used to be a starving artist. The Swiss transplant struggled to get an acting career started in Paris, so he began to supplement his paltry income with serving jobs at iconic establishments such as Maxim’s and Laurent. He eventually came to New York to study musical theater, and found moderate success by landing roles in Cabaret and La Cage aux Folles. He continued to harbor a love for the restaurant industry, however, and partnered with his friend Anthony Ferré to open Le Chalet. According to the Phoenix New Times, Ferré started cooking as a teenager, and after his formal culinary education in Paris he went on to prepare meals for such elevated palates as the French prime minister and Swiss consuls. Naturally, the menu at Le Chalet is strongly influenced by French and Swiss tastes. Fondue is a favorite; the New Times adored the swiss-cheese version spiked with white wine, and said it was “irresistibly comforting—the kind of thing that you can’t stop eating even when reason tells you there’s more food on the way.” Like a French expatriate’s dreamscape, much of the menu is reserved for crepes—buckwheat flour goes into darker crepes stuffed with savory combinations such as scallops and leeks, and white flour is used for sweet crepes drizzled with chocolate ganache or salted caramel butter. The house specialty, however, is La Potence, a tower of beef tenderloin that’s flambéed tableside.
With years of training in everything from physiology and immunology to endocrinology and neurology, the licensed naturopathic physicians at RejuveNature Medical design treatment regimens intended to restore balance to all of the body's systems. This sense of balance helps jump start the body's natural healing processes that can help patients overcome the chronic pains or general discomfort that affects them. By targeting the underlying causes of the symptoms as well as the symptoms themselves, this holistic approach promotes optimal health while avoiding overly invasive procedures, prescription medications, and clinical-strength chicken noodle soup whenever possible.
The staff wholeheartedly embraces this approach by offering a range of natural therapies as well as elements of modern medical care. Nutritional guidance, botanical medicine, and homeopathic remedies form the backbone of the therapists' approach, although they also offer a host of time-honored treatments that aim to address the root of the problem instead of merely masking the symptoms. This is evident in the center's acupuncture and reiki treatments, which work to restore balance to the flow of the body's natural energies. The staff's holistic approach also places an equal amount of emphasis on prevention, striving to bolster the body's capability to resist the negative effects of future traumas.
Named for owner Mae Collins's granddaughter, Kimberly Ann's Victorian Tea Room & Cafe sets lace-draped tables for courtly ladies of all ages with a menu of freshly baked scones, light lunch fare, and petite sandwiches. Smaller rooms throughout the café's quaint, home-like interior add coziness to teatime, such as the Grand Victorian room, which is crowned by an elegant tea-set lamp and lined with shelves displaying decorative teapots and boutique items available for sale. The lavender-drenched Garden Room makes an ideal backdrop for Sunday-brunch conversations about the growing popularity of chartreuse pantaloons, and the Princess Room is adorned with magenta-upholstered chairs and sunhats fit for little ladies.
With at least 24 hours' notice, the staff will set tables for high tea, served on elegant tiered platters, and reservations can be made for Princess High Teas—replete with tiaras, cupcakes, and goodie bags—for celebrations of girls' birthday parties. Kimberly Ann's is a favorite destination of the Red Hat Society and regularly hosts events such as an annual April Fool's Day buffet, a holiday open house, and the most elegant of arm-wrestling competitions.
It begins with a facial massage with MMIV shave oil, creating a protective barrier and conditioning the skin with Vitamin E. Next, warm towels open pores, soften scruff, and relax muscles without the adverse and downright weird affects of a horse tranquilizer. Finally, hand-whipped MMIV shave cream coats jawlines, another product packed with Vitamin E as well as green tea. This process comprises just the preliminary steps for an Ultimate Shave at M.U.G. Men's Ultimate Grooming. Once faces are prepped, specially trained barbers shave with, and then against, the grain. Then, they wrap smooth faces in a cool towel before spreading on moisturizer like butter on a dry Thanksgiving turkey—but without Grams and Aunt Carol watching closely.
All of the MMIV products are exclusive to M.U.G. Its masterminds spent almost a decade formulating them specifically for the Ultimate Shave, making sure each held an ample amount of conditioning Vitamin E. The staff, which also cuts and colors hair, trusts in the products so fully that they'll give you a refund if the MMIV line doesn't deliver the closest shave since Napoleon bear-crawled away from Waterloo, sobbing into his epaulets.
When you trust someone with your smile, you want to be sure they know what they're doing. Modern Family Dentistry's Dr. Stacey Layman not only has years of dental experience, she also teaches other dentists how it's done. As a national educator for DenMat, she teaches professionals how to affix broken or damaged teeth with Lumineers, which prevent the sensitivity often caused by veneers. Dr. Layman is also the Seattle Mariners' team dentist, and she regularly offers dental wisdom on ABC 15's Sonoran Living Live and 3TV's Your Life A to Z.
She and her partner, Dr. Elizabeth Wallmann (aka Dr. Liz), along with their team, offer other aesthetic services, such as smile-straightening Invisalign, in addition to cleanings and general dentistry. To help guests feel more serene than a manatee getting a massage, the staff has filled the waiting room with soothing earth tones and plush sofas. They also help clients relax with NuCalm technology, which eschews chemical sedatives for microcurrent stimulation, natural supplements, and other methods that leave clients impairment-free.
HeadCases Salon & Spa, which makes its home in Serenity Salon Suites, states its mission plainly, but puts it into practice with memorable, nuanced touches. The goal: "To provide premium customized hair and skin care therapies at affordable prices." The reality: a diverse roster of services, elevated by thoughtful therapists and aestheticians that aim to advance the experience of each patron. Full-body exfoliation pairs with a sunless tan, helping to ensure that the sun-kissed color lingers. Children who visit HeadCases to have their ears pierced waltz out the door with ice-cream gift certificates, helping to halt tears and cure waffle-cone phobias. Facials designed for teenagers go beyond cleansing and acne treatments to introduce young patrons to the basics of skincare and blemish prevention, while therapeutic massages help address high-school sports injuries. A lengthy list of haircare services has a finishing touch of its own: free bang- and neck-trims with blow-dry sessions between cuts, which help keep coiffures sleek, well-maintained, and unattractive to balloons.