The aestheticians at Cham-Pagne Salon & Spa take stock of each client's beauty behests before launching into treatments that rely on brand-name products. Nail nurses decorate digits with OPI and Essie polishes during manicures, and stylists shampoo strands with Italian-imported Davines products before shaping them into chic new 'dos. Cham-Pagne's stylists can trim the tresses of anyone in the family, and they even host Princess Parties, during which girls can emulate Mom by enjoying miniature versions of manicures, pedicures, and makeup applications. Grownup pedicures find technicians kneading arches with rolled-up copies of Reader's Digest and one of the spa's signature scents. The salon's 30-minute crystal body-art sessions add twinkling contrast to the dark shades that UV-free airbrush tans bequeath to bodies.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Within Elements Cafe’s romantically lit dining room, guests nibble on upscale, American-style tapas featuring locally grown and organic ingredients. Fred Kellermann, the owner and mastermind chef behind Elements, creates an eclectic menu that brings together unusual flavor combinations in dishes such as potato ravioli with root beer and short ribs or pumpkin-mushroom soup with rosemary cream. To stay on the cutting edge of the ever-evolving food scene, Chef Fred continually updates his repertoire by experimenting with seasonal ingredients and new preparations. Customers can taste his newest creations every Sunday during Sunday supper, which features with a weekly changing menu of new dishes, old favorites, and a pill that cures the Mondays.
Tuna is not a little part of Chef Marcus Severs's menu at The Little Tuna. In fact, he's dedicated an entire section to wild-caught ahi tuna, which he cooks in everything from jerk seasoning to creole mustard sauce. He incorporates equally inventive flavors into other seafood, from scallops with a honey-jalapeño kick to bite-sized crab cakes served in spicy lobster bisque. Of course, not all catches require tinkering—top-neck clams and oysters, for instance, emerge au naturel from Marcus's raw bar, where other fish share their dirtiest jokes. When he isn't working with seafood, Marcus turns to steak, stuffing bacon-wrapped beef tips with bleu cheese and expertly searing 12-ounce New York strips.
For years, the doctors and weight-loss experts at South Jersey Health and Body have aided clients looking to shed weight and adopt healthier lifestyles. The team provides one-on-one attention while devising custom weight-loss plans that incorporate a range of techniques, from behavioral modification to nutritional counseling. First, patients enter their diet and sleeping habits into software that processes the information. A staffer then explains the results and tailors a program to suit their individual health goals. Throughout the process, the clinic encourages patients to stay on course with weekly accountability checks and quarterly report cards mailed to their mothers.
Fantagio Spa doesn't feel like a spa as much as it exudes the air of a Middle Eastern palace. Potted palms and other tropical plants gently sway with each robed guest that shuffles by, as sand-colored brick and pyramid-shaped awnings remind them of an Egyptian pharaoh's quarters. In this palatial space, guests bask in soothing facials and mani-pedis, while treating their statures to tranquil massages and body wraps. Chocolate mud treatments awaken the body's senses and uncontrollable urge to nibble on its own arm with antioxidant-packed dark cocoa. Spa packages, meanwhile, combine facials, massages, and mani-pedis for up to four hours of blissful pampering.