Clementine, the licensed massage therapist and holistic health guru at Shine Transformational Healing, seeks out hidden tension pockets throughout the body using a unique method of massage integration. During the therapeutic massage, Clementine tailors each session with techniques culled from shiatsu, myofascial release, reiki, and more to untie knotted muscles and Windsor knots, resulting in a deep sense of relaxation. Prenatal massage brings relief to expectant mothers by reducing stress on weight-bearing joints and increasing the skin and underlying tissue’s pliability, and may also ease labor pain. Receiving regular massages not only relaxes muscles and relieves joint pain, but can also increase muscular flexibility, keeping bodies limber for energetic bouts of thumb war.
The purveyors of literary pleasure at Signs of Life enable learning and leisure through an expansive collection of printed-word wares, delectable café snacks, and local art pieces. Dabble in fiction with Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel, Crime and Punishment ($5.99), or acclimate yourself with American history by reading David McCullough's 1776, a riveting account of how George Washington led almost 2,000 men into battle to defeat the Duke Blue Devils on a last-second three-pointer by Paul Revere ($14.99, paperback). Ecclesiastically curious guests can peruse one of many theologic selections, such as Augustine for Armchair Theologians by Stephen Cooper ($13.99), while sipping a tasty bean-based beverage at Signs of Life’s convivial café. For even more aesthetic enjoyment, art-magnets can scurry over to Signs of Life’s adjoining art gallery, featuring the work of more than a dozen local and national artists in a charming space.
Cafe Beautiful owner and sole chef Melinda Roeder fashions artfully arranged Asian fusion cuisine for diners who like to eat with their eyes just as much as they like to eat with their mouths. “The presentation,” she says in a profile piece by LJWorld.com, “is just as important as how it tastes.” At Cafe Beautiful, each multi-course meal feels more like an extravagant event than an ordinary restaurant visit, stretching over hours as guests take in a parade of plates that may include savory Korean custards or spicy sushi with a Thai pepper sauce.
Cafe Beautiful’s expansive windows unveil picturesque views of the outside hustle and bustle on Massachusetts Street while its intimate dining room warmly embraces guests with its candlelit setting, bursting decorative foliage, and local artwork. In the aforementioned LJWorld.com article, Chef Roeder decries the culture of rushing customers before they can savor their food or fold their napkins into swans, stating, “We eat at such a rapid rate…and sometimes you feel pushed out by restaurants waiting to get another table. That’s not the experience you have here.”
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Mirth Café sends dour digestive systems out into the world with newly sunny demeanors. Adhering to Einstein’s theory that time is relative, the café serves breakfast all day long. Say hola to the french toast, made with cinnamon-pecan bread and topped with fresh fruit ($6.95), or feel the power of the big breakfast, two eggs flanked by potatoes, toast, and sausage or bacon ($7.95). The sandwich and wrap menu enlivens languishing lunchers with options including the brisket on marble rye ($8.95) and the garlic-herb tortilla stuffed with smoked turkey breast, cheddar cheese, dijon mustard, greens, and granny-smith apples ($7.90). Create a combo ($8.25) by pairing half of a sandwich with a soup or salad selection, bringing two worlds together like a highway paved with moon rocks.
A haven for calorie-conscious scoopable sweets, 3 Spoons Yogurt unlocks inner dessert artistry by inviting guests to sculpt and accessorize their own statues of frosty refinement. Self-service yogurt stations allow custard custodians to customize orders of peach-mango-tart, New-York–cheesecake, and other fun flavors that, like black-market wig shipments, are priced by weight ($0.39 per ounce). Candy cartographers can chart their own courses at 3 Spoons' toppings bar, sprinkling their creamy creations with landmasses such as cookie continents, Gummy Bear buoys, and Butterfinger meteorites chipped from giant candy-bar comets.