Peter Vergos spent 12 years honing his hairstyling skills before he took the reins at Vergo Salon Spa, a salon his mother owned for 25 years before him. With his mother’s continued guidance and his own fresh ideas, he beautifies clients with the latest services, including keratin hair-smoothing treatments and Lox Extensions, which add length and volume to shorter hairstyles or the tresses of prized Barbies.
Mystic Fountain Wellness Center's holistic healers restore bodies with recuperative treatments designed to stimulate natural healing processes, not replace them. These treatments might include the strategic placement of tiny adhesive magnets or the application of soft herb- and aloe-soaked bandages, both of which oust stored stress and toxins. The Himalayan salt room also treats chronic conditions, in particular respiratory issues such as sinus trouble. With its low temperature relative to a typical sauna, the infrared sauna is particularly appealing to clients with a low tolerance for heat or snowmen with an extraordinarily high tolerance for heat.
Village Hair Design first opened its doors in 1958. This old-fashioned barbershop was a haven for men in need of a classic cut-and-shave at a time when it was unseemly to discuss haircuts in public. In 1977, Mike Blaa became an employee and purchased the shop five years later. This licensed barber—alongside his wife Sherry, a licensed cosmetologist, and licensed aestheticians Geenah and Martha—draws on nearly two decades of experience.
Together, they offer an ecclectic mix of services ranging from clipper cuts and classic shaves to perms, mani-pedis, facials, chemical peels, body wraps, and full-body waxing. They also use their skills to serve their community. Since 1981, Mike has helped the men at a Lakeshore nursing home look their best; Sherry spent more than seven years snipping tresses at Misericordia Homes.
The Akemi Fitness Method studio hosts a mix of alternative workout classes that incorporates a range of movements to tone muscles, improve equilibrium, and enhance endurance. Inspired by the results-oriented Lotte Berk Method, this workout style engages students in core exercises, dance, yoga, and light weight training during a variety of classes. Laura Baginski of Time Out Chicago notes that the Akemi barre class caused her to "walk out feeling taller, leaner," thanks to its combination of ballet barre exercises, Pilates, and free weights. Cardio dance-fusion classes combine elements from ballet, hip-hop, kickboxing, and yoga, adding in cardiovascular exercises to burn fat and light resistance training to sculpt frames until they achieve the angular glisten of a Roman statue. An hour of the arms, abs and booty session firms appendages, six-packs, and seats. With classes held throughout the day, six days a week, Akemi's calendar accommodates students with all types of schedules.
Sixth Sense Spa's aestheticians wield essential oils and plant extracts, combining natural agents to suit each client's skin or their beauty goals. Staff administer a host of fusion treatments such as the facelift massage, which combines acupressure, purifying facial products, and masks borrowed from local commedia dell'arte troupes.
Got a case of Mary Poppins malaise? This $5 Groupon is a spoonful of sugar for the medicine: tickets to Girls vs. Boys ($10 value). The play, a musical by the creative team behind The House Theatre of Chicago's sold-out show The Sparrow, is an extremely loud, fast-paced show about a brother and sister who find themselves thrust into a perilous, modern-day Lord of the Flies. High-stakes relationships turn into all-out war of the sexes. The director says it's like a rock concert, so the best way to experience the sound and fury is with a spot in the pit. This Groupon gets you in standing room and on the ground floor of the action (guaranteed swears, awesome music, violent themes, and partial nudity).