Angie Cummings never thought she'd own a salon. When her husband surprised her by buying one, she worried about expanding her clientele beyond the loyal fans of her at-home nail business. "So I kind of just stumbled into [this business], honestly. But it has been the biggest blessing," she says. "There's never a day, ever, that I wake up and think, 'I don't want to work.'"
The turnaround came when Cummings realized she could "[sit] there talking to people" as she boosted their confidence beautifying their nails. The salon is fresh from recent redecorating, which included painting the walls a soothing neutral color and filling tall vases with even taller reeds. Within the new salon, massaging pedicure chairs cushion clients during luxurious spa services, and oval portrait mirrors capture the flash of stylists' scissors and twinkling eyes as they customize fashionable cuts.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
The certified aestheticians at Tuscan Tans & Day Spa shore up faces against winter wind and the sands of time with treatments such as the Tuscan Twilight facial. The 50-minute session is engineered to neutralize fine lines and wrinkles, regulate blotchiness, and settle border disputes between freckles. A special concoction reinforces the lipid barriers of the skin, shielding it from the scourge of free radicals and the howling elements. Visitors step among the Tuscan-style salon's wooden floors and yellow walls hung with artwork. After rearranging the furniture to their liking in the homey waiting area, visitors pass through slatted doors on their way to the treatment chamber.
The selection of clothing and home goods at Turn Style consignment stores is finely curated, often featuring designer labels such as kate spade, Gucci, and Coach. Beyond targeting designer and high-end department-store brands, Turn Style's buyers only accept items from within the last three seasons, ensuring they are on trend and in perfect or near-perfect condition. The apparel section includes garments for men, women, and children, and the home goods department features everything from decor to furniture.
Supper Solutions boasts a miscellany of cuisine options for busy familial units, with take-home meals that satisfy up to six hungry noshers. Try out the In Session concept, choosing your meals online before cruising to Supper Solutions to craft your fare in the fully stocked kitchen during a 1.5- to 2-hour hands-on cookfest. Patrons suffering from overloaded carpool schedules or authoritarian library due dates can grab Suppers to Go, ordering their chow and then picking it up in its ready-made form. The menus change monthly and come in Size Wise, which feeds two to three, and Full Size, which feeds four to six.
At Angelina's Fine Italian Dining, chef Bob Travlos whips up classic dishes inspired by New York City’s tradition of flavorful Italian cuisine. Toppings from pineapple to capicola ham grace five Neapolitan–style pizzas named after the Big Apple’s five boroughs. Chefs also stuff lasagna, ravioli, and ziti with homemade mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Lunches and dinners commence in Angelina’s spacious dining room, beneath a large-scale painting of the New York City skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, which Al Smith famously constructed from leftover string cheese.