The team members at Halo Nail Salon and Spa specialize in the art of pampering. During their relaxing spa pedicures, a sextet of aromatherapy products causes stress and tension to float away through the ventilation system. Likewise with massages, which range from soothing Swedish strokes to trigger-point therapy—a technique designed to relieve pain and oust toxins. Facials leave pores dewy and rejuvenated, and waxing treatments banish unwanted body hair from legs, bikini lines, and brows.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat three-hour workshops. In Digital Photography 101 workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras, teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, and flash settings to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Levy will demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
The canny crafters at the Creative Quest teach a variety of classes in bookbinding and card making, and the shop stocks a variety of raw materials for independent expression. Each class ($20+) is taught by one of the store's artists, who assists students in completing individually meaningful projects. After perusing each month's schedule, feel free to get regularly acquainted with text in the Book of the Month class ($25), which focuses on bookbinding technique, or elect to Play With Judy ($25), which follows the creation of six greeting cards with an intense pickup game of paper football. Make and Take ($2), which runs every Wednesday and Thursday, allows an opportunity for participants to craft a card for friends, loved ones, or fake credit unions. The Creative Quest supplies solo artistic ventures with rubber stamps ($3–$15) and quality papers ($4–$8) in myriad colors and textures.
A Shot of Java swiftly grinds, pours, and mixes myriad organic fair-trade coffee drinks designed for palates of all personalities. The café's menu is stocked with flavor-infused coffee drinks, specialty teas, and locally sourced eats and treats. Energize a morning commute with a 16-ounce cup of individually dripped coffee ($1.95), available in a mug or an outstretched cupped hand. A 20-ounce black-and-white mocha tantalizes taste buds with the savory aesthetic of edible, zebra-patterned cream ($4.95), and a range of 16-ounce chai teas ($3.85) present a worthy substitute for bean-excreted refreshments. Recent grads and veteran grandpas can study abroad by sampling a five-ounce cup of Turkish coffee ($2.75) or Vietnamese coffee ($4.50) served iced with condensed milk.