Brent's dishes up exquisite entrees, house-made breads, and desserts from a rotating menu, incorporating seasonally appropriate ingredients like a baseball player using a freshly harvested bat. The lunch menu offers elegant edibles such as sautéed prawns tossed with andouille sausage ($14) alongside sandwiches and wraps such as the signature big BLT with applewood-smoked bacon ($13). Enjoy a weekend brunch in Brent’s intimate and minimalist surroundings while noshing on the wheat-berry-bread french toast with Grand Marnier and pineapple syrup ($10) or biscuits with sausage gravy ($8). And the dinner menu propels jaded palates to tongue-twisting new realms with dishes such as the black-and-blue Hereford rib-eye steak ($38, 14 oz.–16 oz.) and Toni's favorite jambalaya with chipotle-dabbed shrimp, scallops, and crawfish-tail meat ($28).
Designer, actress, and philanthropist Rebecca Lawlor fuses her dual passions for fashion and helping children by crafting signature jewelry and handbags to benefit her Hearts of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope to victims of child abuse. Handmade by American artists, glass heart pendants dangle from vibrant ribbons, suspending shiny cubic zirconia gems within their pellucid ventricles. The transparent charms can also hang from the clasps of a variety of handbags, ranging from satchel-style purses, ornately printed totes, and clutch bags stuffed with newsboys' Sunday circular ads.
Vicky Barger transforms hairstyles from her styling chair, taking flat hair to fuller heights and adding dimension or volume to lackluster hairdos. Barger was drawn to the salon thanks to its "wonderful atmosphere with professional stylists and an awesome boss." The salon's stylists possess a wealth of beauty-industry experience, including owner Barry Menser's 30 years behind the chair, and each employee practices their own specialty. Barger's specialty is color, and she often sweeps brushes saturated with custom-mixed Matrix, J Beverly Hills, and Schwarzkopf hues through monochromatic strands after meeting with clients in a thorough consultation and tucking encouraging notes inside their headbands. As hair is reborn in new, more fashionable formations, clients can eye the salon's serene images of boats and ballet and sip complimentary cups of tea, cocoa, and soda.
Dr. Corey Carwile of Tidewater Wellness Centers recognizes that not everyone is an athlete—though Dr. Carwile did play soccer in college— the licensed chiropractor takes the time to customize treatments to fit the needs and health goals of each client. The doctor alleviates headaches, muscle soreness, and body aches with traditional adjustment techniques as well as with computerized instruments from Pulstar and Impulse iQ that chart progress digitally. The office also offers massage from a licensed therapist, exercise instruction, Lipo-Light treatments, and better lifestyle guidance than a Magic 8-Ball inside a fortune cookie.
Salters Creek serves as an intimate mini getaway from daily doldrums with a full array of relaxing and beautifying services. Glycolic acid, the most miniature of the alpha-hydroxies, mines clogged-up pores during a 60-minute facial package designed to unearth the shining ore of beautiful skin. The initial peel sweeps away aged and sun-damaged cells to reveal the fresh, pure dermis beneath. Then, ultrasonic exfoliating therapy harnesses high-frequency oscillations to shatter blemishes exactly like an opera singer screaming in a funhouse mirror maze. The peel finishes with a Thermogel cooling mask, hydrating and nourishing post-peel skin surfaces.
Framed art lines the walls at The Grey Goose, where whimsical paintings of geese and vintage light fixtures set the mood for food. But sight is just one of the senses treated to a feast. The aromas of freshly baked cookies and pastries waft through the dining area to supplant the equally pleasant scents of classic southern meals. Hearty offerings such as the pulled-pork barbecue sandwich meet lavash sandwiches in the form of the veggie burger served up on protein-packed, stone-ground flatbread. The husband-and-wife culinary team of Dana Clark Epstein and Phillip Epstein invite diners to take in a Dinnertainment show while supping at the establishment, where they can hum along to live music or become engrossed in a play while acting out the plotlines with their silverware—napkins make great curtains over a plate stage or a colleague’s face.