One part salon and spa, one part fitness center, Alaric Health Beauty and Wellness is a one-stop shop aiming to glam up, firm up, and wind down clients' bodies. Hairstylists sweep men?s and women?s manes into trendy styles and nourish scalps with deep conditioner and hydrating scalp treatments. During one-hour Swedish massages, long, flowing strokes untie knotted muscles and help rejuvenate auras cluttered with stress and stale boxes of chi, and basic and deep pore-cleansing facials exfoliate visages to help skin regain a youthful glow. Inside the full-service fitness center, bodies work toward fitness goals among rows of weight and cardio machines, and can attempt to expedite results with help from a personal trainer or prescription weight-loss program.
The cupcakes and confections at PJ’s Baby Cakes owe their saccharine excellence to owner Amanda Bragg and her family recipes. Since starting the business in 2009, she’s contemplated the perfect frosting-to-cupcake ratio and introduced a lineup of more than 100 cupcake-flavor combinations, including regular staples such as vanilla and lemon burst plus seasonal selections such as candy cane and pumpkin cream cheese. The confectioner’s cupcake cakes form like Voltron and sport creative designs that can be split into individual cupcakes. All of the treats are free of preservatives and other man-made chemicals.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Gary's Barbershop’s Brian Rivera snips and styles hair of any ethnicity and provides clients with a traditional barbershop experience. Warm lather and towels prime faces for the barber to clear-cut facial forests of unwanted foliage during a straight-razor shave. No strand escapes Brian’s precise, metallic instruments during a haircut and shave, during which he sculpts a crisp ‘do or smooth fade onto domes while ceding stylistic vision to the customer or the customer’s psychic. Gary's full grooming package pampers mugs with a haircut, a straight-razor shave, a mini facial, and a massage to de-stress skin and bestow healthy glows.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry-pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and the creamerie also offers sorbet and an array of lighter toppings, such as fruit and honey. Ice cream creations run between $3.75 and $5.75, depending on size and location.
Juice Stop uses fresh, nutritious ingredients to whip up their low-temperature, high-energy smoothies and protein shakes. Make over your morning routine with a Coaches' Choice smoothie (skim milk, chocolate, yogurt, and cappuccino mix), or jog through a Marathon (orange juice, bananas, and strawberries). Protein-packed options such as the World's Cup (skim milk, chocolate, peanut butter, and yogurt) are hearty enough to replace a meal or glue the legs of a G.I. Joe onto a Barbie. All smoothies are blended from scratch (no mixes are used) and can be spruced up with added nutrient blends to boost energy, metabolism, and the immune system.