Southern Exposure's eclectic selection of merchandise embodies both literal and figurative interpretations of the term "bling." Glittering pieces of jewelry by brands such as John Wind and La Hola decorate wrists and earlobes with both modern and vintage accessories. Rhinestoned patterns coat iPhone and iPad cases to personalize personal electronics, and the colorful shapes and designs on loaves of Primal Elements soap bring interior decorating themes into bathroom territory. Patrons can also gild their physical forms with spray-tanning or teeth-whitening treatments at Southern Exposure's in-house beauty salon. The boutique also plays host to events such as tailgate parties and meet and greets with Santa Claus, where children can put in requests or lodge complaints about last year's gifts.
Kasey Redd believes that there is no single massage technique that can cure all ailments. So the licensed therapist took it upon herself to learn a variety of techniques in order to alleviate symptoms ranging from sciatica and arthritis to fibromyalgia and neck pain. For one client, she may perform a Swedish massage, which utilizes soft, gliding strokes to facilitate all-over relaxation; another client, meanwhile, may require a sports massage, which utilizes a soccer ball to roll out knots. Other therapeutic practices include trigger point therapy and hydrotherapy massages, and, depending on the client, Kasey may even recommend complimentary treatments such as paraffin wax baths or essential oil therapy.
Rum138 combines every mermaid's favorite things: beautiful hair and beautiful water. Part paddle-sports rentals, part salon services, the hybrid business covers a wide array of needs. Customers can rent a kayak or canoe and explore the Sante Fe River?Rum138 will drop them off at the river's edge and pick them up?or stop in for a professional cut and color with licensed cosmetologist Merrillee. Then customers can grab an ice cream or soda from the snack shop.
A Touch of Heaven came to fruition under the direction of Andrea Sylvia, an aesthetician and former surgical nurse who dreamed of blending the pampering atmosphere of a day spa with the compassionate care of a doctor's office. Medical therapies appear throughout the extensive service menu, brightening complexions with pharmaceutical-grade skincare products from SkinCeuticals and trimming silhouettes with weight-loss programs. Nonsurgical face-lifts rely on microcurrent technology to diminish fine lines and visibly firm the skin, while the futuristic-looking alpha spa capsule combines the detoxifying benefits of a sauna with the rejuvenating effects of aromatherapy and vibratory massage.
In addition to these advanced treatments, traditional spa remedies such as manicures, hot-stone massage, and hugs from terry-cloth robes aim to quiet stressed minds and muscles. The spa also accents glowing complexions with glittering face and body art and donates all proceeds from the five-dollar service to Women at Risk, an organization devoted to combating human trafficking.
The experienced guides at Tidewater Tours lead visitors throughout the Cedar Keys and Suwannee National Wildlife Refuges, giving them an up-close view of the tidal marsh eco-system and area wildlife. Their Suwannee River Tour explores the swampy environment of the famed waterway?immortalized in Florida's state song?and the Coastal Marsh tour takes passengers along a route that other boats rarely travel so they can spot migratory shorebirds with the help of Captain J. Michael O'Dell, a National Audubon Society member. And the Island Tour adventures to the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge islands, where dolphins, birds, and sea turtles can sometimes be seen, depending on the season and whether the animals are on their lunch breaks.
The captains helm the Megan June, whose shallow draft allows it to go where other boats can't, and the Princess Annie, a handicap-accessible vessel that can hold up to 34 passengers. And those who'd like to go off on their own explorations can rent a pontoon or skiff boat.