Distinction Salon owners Shawn Durant and Kelly Larkin pride themselves on providing their staff with plentiful educational opportunities to enable them to enhance locks with the best precision cuts and multi-tonal color. A specialist in razor cuts, Durant's own styling touch can toggle between subtle and edgy with a simple flick of his artistic wrist, and his modern, yet classic approach makes him popular among clients who received a bad cut elsewhere. Using products from Aquage and Wella, his styling team adds dimensional color to update dull locks and can smooth frizzy, unruly manes with Brazilian keratin treatments that leave hair as silky as Bing Crosby's pajamas for up to four months.
While waiting to add length and volume with natural-looking hair extensions by Euro-So.Cap and Aqua Hair Extensions or pops of bright color with feathers, clients may sink into the plush couch guarding Distinction Salon's waiting area, where they may also enjoy the light, sweet aroma of fresh cut flowers and vases filled with fragrant shampoo.
Restaurateur Pat Galuppi and his son Grant bring their experience working at a tavern and sports bar to their current stint helming Galuppi's, the restaurant for a neighboring Pompano Beach golf course. Next to a sparkling lake marked by fountains and views of the course, the restaurant is well poised to delight at least two senses—in the foreground of that resplendent scenery, a menu of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and salads presents taste buds with many savory options. Additionally, the eatery's Sunday brunch offers a meat-carving station, waffles, and maple-syrup sprinklers, though corresponding maple-syrup slip 'n' slides don't work so well. Meanwhile, a legion of 11 high-definition TVs broadcasts various sporting affairs from the bar, whereas 10 LCD screens accompany the outdoor patio. A holiday schedule catalogs occasion-specific revelries.
Recognized by the Florida Environmental Protection Agency as a green business, Dry Clean Xpress's state-of-the-art Firbimatic carbon-absorption system and biodegradable detergent lessen the company's carbon footprint while diminishing the prevalence of stains. Its eco-friendly dry-cleaning services purify the fibers of a wide variety of items, ranging from wedding gowns to comforters. The family-owned company helps dirt and grime meet their end at one of many locations across Southern Florida, where clothes can be dropped off by their owners or by Dry Clean Xpress's fleet of delivery vans. Dry Clean Xpress can also clean up the upholstery, comforters, and carpet of any yacht's interior, and its alteration services tailor overgrown dresses or mend pockets torn open by seagulls vying for lunch money.
With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, the professional instructors at A-Swing Golf Academy develop lesson plans that make swing improvement fun and, most importantly, functional. Their approach to instruction aims to instill fundamentals in all skill areas, including full strokes, chips, slapshots, and putts. During lessons and swing-analysis sessions, the golf gurus employ the technological intricacies of a high-speed video camera to capture a player's unique swing motion and identify unfavorable tendencies.
Golf pros also follow students onto the course for playing lessons, in which they coach the intangibles of course management, risk assessment, and subtle intimidation tactics such as grunting during an opponent's backswing or teeing up with a rusty nail and glass eyeball.
For more than 30 years, Precision Tune Auto Care has helped vehicles of all sorts to run smoothly by performing top-of-the-line maintenance and repair services. The company's fleet of fully trained and certified mechanics services 2.5 million vehicles each year while teaching customers the basics of car care, personal safety, and eco-friendly driving habits. When they aren't repairing brakes or tweaking air conditioners, mechanics also whet engine appetites with oil and swap out old, corrupted oil filters for cleaner, younger, more idealistic ones. Mechanics also head off future repairs with preventive service, running through quick but thorough maintenance inspections to verify each car's drivability and rotating tires to ensure even distribution of wear and tear.
In an elaborate ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 25, the Margate Chamber of Commerce offered Vincent and Lynn Chase a plaque and a hearty handshake to celebrate the opening of their new eatery, Café Vincenzo. Since then, the sunlit dining room has filled with the garlicky aromas of classic Italian food, from veal and fish filets sautéed in wine sauce to cheesy baked pastas and calzones. Pizzas with gourmet toppings such as soppresseta and prosciutto also fill tables alongside glasses of wine from an extensive list. Below the hanging flower baskets of the café's garden patio, diners can also sip on a single espresso, chug a double-shot cappuccino, or take an invigorating swim in a centuple-shot latte.