Marc Kornbluh knows glass. The Tisch School of the Arts graduate and renowned artist has learned to manipulate the medium until it takes on the form of just about any shape, whether it’s a cluster of flowers, a spiky fish, or a seashell perched on a smooth orb. In his humble downtown studio space, Kornbluh expertly wields torches as he melts glass into submission, creating stunning pieces that pop in craft fairs, gallery shows, and elegant doghouse foyers across the country.
PieZano's combines handmade dough and fresh ingredients to fill its menu with pizzas, subs, and other Italian dishes available for comfortable consumption in the eatery or at home. The potato pizza layers sliced tubers with cream cheese, bacon, and ham to create a more elegant deconstruction of a baked potato than blowing up a plate of cheese fries ($9.17–$17.99). Single-topping pies balance meats and veggies on your choice of Neapolitan-style thin, standard medium, or Sicilian-style thick crusts ($6.99–$14.99). The pizzeria's signature pasta dish, Caesar's Pie, bakes a nest of spaghetti noodles mixed with Italian cheeses, hamburger, sausage, peppers, and onions under a bed of marinara sauce and mozzarella carved to resemble Emperor Augustus ($7.35/single, $14.70/family). For hands-on hunger control, flex digits around a hearty meatball sub coated with melted cheese ($6.85) or slice through a calzone customized with cheese and three of your favorite fillings baked inside a homemade garlic crust ($7.35).
As a small child, Tim Woosley made a cardboard cutout of a guitar, which he pretend-strummed to songs by The Monkees. By age 13, he upgraded to an actual guitar so that his father could teach him all eight minutes of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." The first lesson was just the first step for this passionate musician, as Tim has played the six-string ever since, from guitarist in local bands to founding instructor of Lincoln School of Music.
Versed in guitar, piano, and voice, Tim and his fellow teachers customize one-on-one lessons around each student's individual goals, from learning basic chords to complex riffs and scales. They also lead group lessons, and invite students to perform a piece of their choosing at twice-yearly, low-pressure recitals.
Skilled salonista Connie Bolli beautifies customers’ shoulder-up regions with personalized, professional care. Before each haircut, shampoo, and blow-dry ($27), Connie delivers a soothing scalp massage to lull hairs into a state of relaxation and to ready them for the barber’s blade. For a complete chromatic shift, Bolli boasts a broad spectrum of hair-coloring treatments, including semi and permanent color ($50), bleach and tone ($80), and highlights or lowlights ($65). In addition to cultivating scalp-based bumper crops, Connie tends to other arable facescapes with waxing services. A lip wax ($5) keeps unwanted follicles from getting too friendly with the mouth, and an eyebrow wax ($10) arches up brows for that ever-fashionable quizzical look.
Juniper Massage & Spa pampers aching musculature with the soothing strokes of its massages and spa treatments. Massage therapists indulge backs with the kneading strokes of a Swedish or deep-tissue massage, improving circulation while working out kinks resulting from heavy lifting or deep thought. Biotone oils and lotions then smooth over dorsal extremities to seal in moisture and relaxing vibes. Patrons opting for the luxuries of the spa package will receive a full-body dry brushing to slough away rough outer coats. Staffers then rehydrate coverings with a slathering of body butter to enrich skin with the softness of a cashmere jumpsuit.