Flawlace Beauty Boutique’s black-and-white paisley wallpaper and electric-pink walls leave clients assured of the salon’s flair for feminine beautification. Sheer white curtains envelop visitors ensconced in hairstyling nooks or seated, like flamingo royalty, on plush pedicure chairs, and cursive marquees mark the spot for private facials and spa treatments. Inside the boutique’s blushing confines, customers also find staff trained in expertly applying eyelash extensions, including brightly colored and crystal-adorned varieties.
Threading is an ancient technique for shaping eyebrows that is natural, safe, organic, and effective. Instead of slathering on harsh hair-removal creams loaded with chemicals and nickels or hot wax that can burn and abrade sensitive face skin, let the friendly eyebrow and upper-lip artists at Diva Beauty safely craft elegant arches and smooth mouths that will frame, define, and brighten a whole face. The results don't invite bumps or irritation, and a threaded mug is also less likely to experience local swelling or redness. The treatment frames, defines, and brightens the entire face until it shines like a lighthouse made out of glow sticks.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Miracle Image's board-certified physicians and medically trained staff rejuvenate tired visages with soothing spa treatments. In a 40-minute session, an IPL photofacial's rays can smooth out fine lines and reduce discoloration from sun damage, aging, or paintball accidents (a $400 value). Then satisfied skin sacks can return three to four weeks later for a follow-up alpha-beta peel which whisks away upper layers of epidermis to reveal suppler skin lurking just beneath the surface, like a freshly exfoliated tiger shark (an $85 value). The second treatment builds on the success of the first, multiplying softness dividends for a refreshing moisture payoff.
The charm and simplicity of the Maine lobster shack is heaved ashore at Georgetown's Tackle Box, which popped onto Bon Appétit's radar as one of the Best Seafood Restaurants of 2008. Just inside the door on a pocked brick wall, a weathered Old Glory greets diners as they stand before the counter's chalkboard menu to check on the day's fresh catch and wonder if sailors wear their ties in a figure-eight knot. Since Tackle Box shoulders a steadfast commitment to sustainability, each meal can vary, as cooks fry or grill the bounty of fishermen's nets that may swell with haddock or catfish.
Diners can choose smoked trout to pair with hand-cut fries or mac 'n' cheese, all of which they can enjoy at a fire-red picnic table. For an extra kick, fingers may dip fare or put out a burning dynamite fuse in a classic tartar or spicy marinara sauce.
Owner Alex and the other barbers at Fresh Cuts keep gents looking sharp with a full menu of hair services. Armed with scissors and clippers, they craft slick side parts, tight fades, and mohawks inspired by the Hoover Dam. They also pamper faces with hot-towel shaves and eyebrow grooming, and they kickstart parties by hosting DJs on Saturdays.