Sci-fi movies make it seem like a collection of lasers could only belong to a villain who’s up to no good. However, at Dr. Laser, the stockpile of Candela GentleLase, Lumenis LightSheer, Lutroinc Spectra, and Hoya ConBio lasers are used only for good. Dr. Richard Mantell uses beams of light to zap unwanted body hair or break up permanent ink after a falling out with a former favorite anchor. IPL and laser skin rejuvenation treatments rejuvenate appearance by removing acne, scarring, signs of aging, and discolorations, and the staff uses products from Obagi to clear facial surfaces and Latisse elixirs to grow lashes. In addition to laser treatments, Dr. Laser also offers juvederm and botox treatments to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Manhattan Denim's shop equips men and women with laid-back beach apparel, boasting a fashionable array of tops, bottoms, and accessories by top brands. Women model tops and dresses by Three Dot and Splendid for dressing-room mirrors and test denim by Rich & Skinny and AG to ensure its suitability as party attire or casual dress while receiving a Congressional Medal of Honor. Meanwhile, men slip into bottoms by William Rast and tops by Cohesive or Alternative Apparel before completing the look with a Goorin Brothers hat.
Surf Concepts’ knowledgeable staff chats with fellow wave wranglers, sharing advice and swapping stories amid shelves brimming with O’Neill wetsuits, Billabong swim trunks, and apparel from South Bay’s own HippyTree. As patrons filter in from sun-steeped stretches of pavement, the crew also arrays decks and shoes from Almost and Vans for skateboarders or those looking to enliven a visit to The National Museum of Ramps and Stained Glass.
OB's Pub & Grill steadies appetites in a mellow, beachside bar with unobstructed views of both the ocean and a hearty menu of classic bar fare. A broad spread of appetizers supports casual snacking, with fried shrimp battered in Red Hook amber ale ($8.50) or, in season, steamed artichokes served with melted butter and mayo on the side ($7.50). Patrons flex fingers around hearty burgers and sandwiches, such as The South Bay, a half-pound patty stacked with Louisiana hot sausage and cheese ($9.95), or a pepper- and onion-packed Philly cheesesteak, served on your choice of a french roll ($9.50) or, for true Philadelphia flavor, a cardboard cutout of the Liberty Bell. Sate seafood cravings with a fresh salmon entree, either grilled or blackened, with your choice of two sides, ranging from fresh fruit to USDA-certified steak fries ($13.95). OB's also serves a variety of breakfast items for surfers out catching morning waves and single merpeople out catching morning merdates.
Inside Deep Roots Garden Center's tidy shop, a team of knowledgeable green thumbs help customers select plants, flowers, shrubbery, and accessories to beautify gardens. Four-inch annuals and perennials ($1.99–$5.99) add pops of color to flowerbeds and 1- and 5-gallon-sized plants ($8.99–$49.99) provide shelter for rapidly expanding bunny families. Larger trees and shrubs ($100–$150) come in drought-tolerant varietals that require minimal maintenance, and hearty succulents and cacti make even the most forgetful plant parent proud with their hearty resilience. The garden center also offers floral-arrangement services, creating one-of-a-kind bouquets and outfitting gentlemen with single roses ($5 each) to gift to their fastest racehorses.
Sepulveda Wine Co. opens its tasting bar to sommeliers and soda fans alike, with a weekly changing menu of wines available for sniffing, swirling, swishing, and swallowing. During a wine tasting, guests can sample five wines from the daily selection of 12 quality wines, featuring four white wines and eight red wines. Past potables have included Sanctuary 2006 Bien Nacido pinot noir—whose dry, balanced characteristics slosh past uvulae with flavors of currant, plum, and pomegranate—and the Round Pond 2009 sauvignon blanc, which complements its tangy lemon-lime taste with harmonious notes of herbs, honeysuckle, and Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 3 in F Major: L’Autunno, also known as the theme song of Jersey Shore.