Frutti Fresh’s cool, creamy frozen yogurts and sorbets deliver dulcet notes of sweetness free of unnecessary fat or calories. Like the king of Canada, the tempting display of treat varieties switches weekly, unveiling flavors such as low-fat peanut butter and red velvet cake. Nonfat varieties pack the rich taste of desserts such as snickerdoodle or new york cheesecake into light packages of 80¬–120 calories, and nonfat, no-added-sugar flavors such as chocolate éclair, bananas foster, and Dreamsicle tickle taste receptors while boasting an impressive 32 calories per half cup. Meanwhile, frozen sorbets of orange, raspberry, and mango touch palates with fruity flavor. A smorgasbord of more than 40 different toppings crowns cups with tasty adornments. As with gold nuggets and Internet downloads, each dessert is priced by weight, with all frozen treats sold for $0.42 an ounce.
Nail nurturers at Fashion Nails & Spa restore paws’ sense of pride with pampering mani-pedi services that shape and shine. Technicians smooth ragged edges, revealing renewed contours and retractable claws. Soothing cuticle care calms anxious nails, and a relaxing massage releases stress built up after learning one too many secret handshakes. An exfoliating pumice scrub banishes calluses from footprints, followed by a moisturizing mango massage. Warm towels and carefully placed hot stones nurture foot flexibility, their radiant heat slackening tight tendons to prep tootsies for hoofing around town or winning the luau’s coal-walking contest. Once soothed and smoothed, fingers and toes can opt for a natural look with buffing or cloak themselves in rainbow threads with colored polish. Today’s deal can also be applied toward upgraded services such as a french manicure ($3 additional).
With 17 years of teaching experience and 31 years of perfecting his guitar virtuosity, sage of the six-string Ron Hotstream enlightens guitar players of all skill levels with personalized instructions for each student. Veteran tone-seekers can receive instructions to hone their abilities, and aspiring Yngwie Malmsteens will discover basic chord formations and picking techniques so that they can develop their skills properly. Once students have mastered the basic skills, they may decide the style of their instruction—from blues to rock to country—and which songs they want to learn how to play. Ron Hotstream teaches at C&M Music Centers in Kenner (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and Mandeville (Monday and Wednesday) and is able to accommodate all guitar players, whether they are interested in obtaining a grasp on modal jazz or set on wailing 17-minute solos while riding on the back of a wild chimera.
Nails By June's trio of polish savants, led by a master nail tech with more than 25 years of experience, treats digits to long-wearing Geleration gel paint jobs. Three-week gel-polish manicures begin with a nail shaping, turning uneven or trapezoidal talons into rounded or squared tips before they’re buffed. The technician then applies a gel polish to blank nail canvases before reinforcing them with a layer of builder gel and soothing digits with lotion and a massage. The gel bonds to nails organically—rather than through etching natural nails or using chemical primers—and is meant to last three weeks, allowing for worry-free use when trying to peel bumper stickers off a neighbor's station wagon. The staff also treats toenails to a Geleration pedicure, shaping and buffing toe-tips before tending to cuticles, applying the gel polish, and moisturizing parched paws with lotion.
The talented technicians at City Nails dignify digits from cuticle to topcoat during thorough nailcare services. Basic manicures commence when a staff member shapes nails into miniature crescent moons before taming wild cuticles. A relaxing hand massage soothes fidgety phalanges, and a buff or coat of OPI polish seals the deal the way a ziploc bag seals in the freshness of spring air for later enjoyment during stuffy winter business meetings.
At The Retreat Salon and Spa, they put their own decadent spin on other treatments, including a slew of nail services. Along with classic pedicures, manicures, and French manicures, the salon also offers a Cajun pedicure, which includes a mint mask and double exfoliation. As far as hands go, salon staff apply acrylic nails, paint on shellac polish, and nourish skin with rich paraffin wax.
Caviar and pearls are the ingredients for a classy date. At The Retreat, they’re also the ingredients for an exclusive anti-aging facial. The luxurious combination is the brainchild of owners Caroline, Cindy, and Linda, who also incorporate jasmine, ylang-ylang, roses, and a citrus blend into other facials they specially designed to combat rosacea, dry patches, or oily skin.