Sophia Lash Bar owner Madison Meek spends a good part of her day waxing faces, but what she enjoys most is applying eyelash extensions. "I absolutely love full set applications, [and] seeing the excitement on a woman's face after she sees her new set for the first time." Excited, but also meticulous, Madison typically spends 135 minutes with her first-time clients, applying extensions one lash at a time. She can also correct someone else's subpar extension job by filling in gaps or removing misplaced extensions from the client's eyebrows.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Eyelash Extension Full Set
Brands Used: Xtreme Lashes
Ami Renee Spa welcomes women and men to de-stress and replenish themselves with a range of skin and body treatments. The licensed spa offers a slate of facials that can help firm faces or target aging skin, and body wraps that soothe systems with ingredients such as algae, wasabi extract, and volcanic clay.
Aromatherapy, crisp clean sheets, and private treatment rooms set a scene of indulgent relaxation at La Venus Massage & Spa. Here, visitors leave their cares at the door and unwind with hot-stone massages, soothing facials, and beautifying body wraps. The spa's team also whisks away unwanted fuzz with warm wax and offers a respite from the cold with its dry sauna.
At Faith Healing Hands, therapists employ Swedish and deep-tissue kneads, as well as trigger-point therapy, to release chronic aches. They performs prenatal massages and even instruct new parents on how to massage their babies, which is especially helpful when an infant's cranky or reacting to dismal stock portfolios.
"I gained 60 pounds when I had my son," Ashley, Parakletos Wellness's co-owner, says—but there's triumph in her voice. She credits body wraps for helping to shed those pounds, and now performs these services for others. Ashley, a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician, and her husband and personal trainer Stephen operate Parakletos, whose name translates fittingly to “called to help.”
The couple is happy in the facility, with its sand-hued walls and pulsing ocean soundtrack. Having only a single treatment room allows them to help clients one at a time. "If someone comes in with acne or rosacea, we don't want you to have to interact. We want you to be able to leave insecurities at door." In addition to an oxygen cucumber facial, Parakletos can slacken shoulders with river stones during private massage sessions, but, due to her personal experiences, it's weight-loss wraps that Ashley holds in the highest regard.
"Folks come in and we ask a lot of questions. How much water do you drink? How much do you workout? It's not about vanity for us, it's about the lifestyle change." The body wraps, which are designed to help motivate and shed weight, are composed of 12 different herbal ingredients. All of the products and supplements employed by Parakletos are forged from herbs and flora, much like Robinson Crusoe's Gameboy. Even when she is far from the studio's brimming shelves, Ashley says that she tries to let her passion for what she does thrive. "I give one pro-bono massage a week. If I'm at church and someone mentions a pulled hamstring, I'll pass them a note. I like to be a blessing for anyone I can."
Rich Hicks and Todd Istre are the masterminds behind many a national food concept—from Rich's southwestern taco at Tin Star to Todd's spicy seafood dishes at Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen. When the duo joined forces to create Mooyah, however, they cleared the tortillas and crawdads from their mind in order to focus on formulating a quintessential American burger.
Today, within scores of Mooyah locations throughout the nation, chefs bustle behind counters, grilling up burgers in accordance to Todd and Rich's formula. Cooks pile lean-beef, turkey, and veggie patties onto white or wheat buns before loading on cheeses and toppings of bacon, fried onion, and avocado. Meanwhile, freshly cut potatoes simmer in fryers, and blenders whirl with ice-cream shakes. Out in the dining room, tabletops and booths sit atop checkered floors beneath walls of chalkboards, where customers can write messages or draw portraits of what they wished they looked like, could they only grow a beard.