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.
At Painted Bare Spa Lounge, technicians pamper hands and feet with eco-friendly and designer products from brands such as China Glaze, OPI, and CND Shellac. The signature manicure exfoliates hands to soften skin before hot towels wick away the scrub to reveal skin as smooth as a con man dunked in butter. During the pedicure, a sea-soak and an exfoliating treatment exile calluses, and an aromatic mediterranean mask moisturizes skin. Both signature manicures and pedicures conclude with a soothing massage and a polish application drawn from a selection of fashionable hues, sparkling colors, and orphaned rainbows. The Shellac manicure massages fingers and palms with almond-butter oil before technicians slick fast-drying Shellac polish onto nails. The polish then cures and strengthens under a UV lamp so that it can last up to two weeks without chips or nicks.
Ladies of all ages and physiques pose for skilled photographers in a private, female-only studio to create artful, sumptuous portraits highlighting femininity and confidence. Upon arriving at the Boudoir Photography by Angie Garfield studio, clients comb through potential outfits with the talented shutterbug and can sip a glass of wine to calm any preshoot jitters. The photographer then leads subjects through a beauty-capturing session composed of a series of poses tailored to the client’s comfort level. Boudoir Photography encourages women to incorporate flirty accessories such as feather boas, long strands of pearls, and velvet leprechaun caps into the session. The retouched prints and digital images immortalize each subject’s unique beauty for a personal keepsake or memorable gift. Groupon holders may also purchase additional prints, products and makeup-application services at 10% off.
High-fashion photographers might view laugh lines, stretch marks, and scars as imperfections, but boudoir photographer Erin Colleen sees them as marks of a life well lived. This aesthetic infuses her sultry boudoir shoots, during which she captures the unique beauty of subjects of all ages and sizes. During sessions, which can be purchased for holiday and anniversary gifts, her models can don outfits ranging from football jerseys and panties to lingerie and thigh-high stockings; alternatively, they can pose nude and conceal themselves using artfully cast shadows, rather than by peeking out from behind a clothed friend. Erin Colleen just as artfully documents women flaunting their curves solo and couples showcasing their chemistry.
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.