From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Medical and spa treatments join forces to bolster clients? visages and health. A laser emits beams of high-intensity light that works to remove unwanted hair and diminish the appearance of spider veins and acne. A weight-loss expert customizes treatment plans with diet, exercise, and medication to help drop pounds. Doctors offer allergy testing, and treat ailments such as sleep apnea and insomnia.
Inside the salon, skilled stylists hover around heads, clipping away overgrown strands and imbuing ‘dos with a new sense of style. The staff also works to lift away hair through eyebrow threading and relaxes tense faces with soothing facials.
La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano?s classic dishes have earned the eatery a long-standing award proudly displayed on the website: Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row, as voted by readers of the Times-News. At the start of each workday, the restaurant?s chefs fry the popular tortilla chips and whip up bowls of salsa. Then they get to work on such dishes as chicken simmered in a chipotle cream, char-grilled steak tacos, and spinach burritos.
With a combined 20 years in the salon industry as a stylist and a certified national color educator for John Paul Mitchell, Cara Lentz knows how to resurrect dulled strands with fresh, vivid hues. When she founded Bliss&Co Advanced Education Studio, she made sure to install an interactive color bar where stylists could mix and match tones to create clients’ exact desired hair color.
The salon’s beauticians, who are categorized in three tiers of experience levels, wield a full line of Paul Mitchell, Tea Tree, and Awapuhi Wild Ginger products to create flowing, multitonal styles, or to make strands stand straight up for the popular “hanging upside down” look. Once salon treatments conclude, stylists showcase the salon’s collection of retail products that clients can use to maintain their new hairdos at home.
Bliss&Co Salon and Day Spa's aestheticians offer a host of beautification services, including exfoliating peels, microdermabrasion, waxing, facials, and scrubs.
The father-son duo behind Tinsley's Dry Cleaners presents a full menu of dry-cleaning and alterations services. A decade in the stain-solving business has lent their skills a professional touch, which they use to handle fabrics ranging from dress clothes and wedding gowns to Persian rugs and curtains. The drive-thru window at each of the two locations ensures a quick and easy drop-off without forcing clients to leave the car or install a washing machine in their back seat.