Buff and beautify fatigued fleshoskeletons at Tuscan Bliss MedSpa, which dispenses an array of physician-directed cosmetic and laser services. Laser-wielding wizards eliminate unsightly spider veins from faces and limbs using state-of-the-art technology and passionate arachnophobia. During each treatment, pulses of laser-light energy are emitted through customers’ fleshly armor to vaporize bloodflow from spider veins, causing the vessels to collapse without damaging surrounding skin tissue or nearby houses of cards. Spider veins and their arachnid offspring gradually fade in the weeks following the procedure, deflecting unwanted attention from birds and persistent cartographers.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
Liberty Tax Service's armada of certified public accountants swoops in to rescue taxpayers from the onslaught of numbers, paperwork, and quadratic equations that overwhelms during tax season. Beyond computerized tax preparation and electronic filing during the months preceding April 15, clients can count on the company's expertise during an audit, through a correspondence with the IRS or state agencies, or while finding the best games living inside their graphic calculators. Liberty Tax Service also benefits community members outside of the office by sponsoring Relay for Life, a race benefitting the American Cancer Society, and by collecting unwanted cell phones and sending them to soldiers overseas.
Karma Ponte Vedra combines the best of nightlife and night eats, its eclectic platters from across the globe surrounded by a warmly painted interior, breezy outdoor patio, and live music. Dip into the Parisian Mussel Pot en fritte, its bucket of Prince Edward Island mussels hot-tubbing in garlic white-wine broth and toweling off with a side of fries ($12.95). Or pay tribute to '90s style and definite articles with The Rachel, a social salad cohabitating with baby spinach, candied pecans, dried cranberries, red onions, sliced pear, and bleu cheese ($8.95). Meanwhile, homemade flavors emanate from each of Grandma's Recipe cookies ($3.95) and signature cocktails such as the melon cucumber martini, mixed with Karma's own cucumber-infused vodka ($8.50). Karma respects night owls and brunch peacocks alike by serving a modified late-night menu until 1:30 a.m., and brunch and lunch on Sundays.
As one of the world’s largest beer brewers, this Jacksonville outpost of Anheuser Busch is surprisingly open about its process. The looming facility offers free tours on how they brew and package Budweiser, with guests catching glimpses of the state-of-the-art technology, giant tanks, carefully controlled temperature rooms and bottling and packaging facilities, all of which can be seen through glass viewing windows. There’s also information on the recycling program, energy recovery and conservation of wildlife in the surrounding Jacksonville wetlands. After the tour, stop in the hospitality room and sample some beer. For the truly curious, the more in-depth Beermaster Tour is for true connoisseurs and a one-off Beer School class introduces patrons to different beer styles, proper pouring and a variety of craft beer and food pairings. There’s also a gift shop on hand, and occasional events take place on the property.
The sun shines year round within the beds and booths of the Tanning Zone, where tanning experts bestow skin with natural-looking bronze hues courtesy of UV or Mystic spray tans. To ensure that their Ultrabronz, Puretan, and Celsius 32 beds operate at optimal efficiency, they change the bulbs at half-life—just one example of their dedication to providing the best possible tanning experience. The Mystic spray-tan system is another; after guests step into a warm tanning booth, an airbrushed V.I.P. solution gilts their bodies from head to toe in under a minute. The staff’s focus on promoting healthy skin has compelled them to also offer red-light therapy, which may restore damaged skin, stimulate the growth of collagen, and cause fast-approaching cars to stop before impact.