A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham have discovered the secret to cooking succulent, flavorful breasts of turkey (2.5 lbs. each). This juicy bird-based breakthrough is 90% fat-free and serves six to eight ravenous guests, making it a scrumptious centerpiece for family gatherings and game day parties. HoneyBaked Ham's suggested recipes increase turkey cooker IQs, helping stymied chefs explore new dishes such as smoked-turkey pizza and turkey tetrazzini, and saying sayonara to default entrees such as squashing the turkey meat into the shape of a racecar.
The Bead Shop's quaint exterior leads charm-builders into a trove of potential adornments, lined with yarns, beads, and premade pieces. Artisan customers craft their one-of-a-kind trinkets by stringing beads from different parts of the world on a well-traveled necklace (averaging $10–$15). Earrings (averaging $5) turn auditory organs into mountings for cephalic chandeliers, bearing glimmering finials crafted from pearls and semiprecious gemstones. Compose and unveil a wrist- or ankle-hugging accouterment or triforce pendant with elements made from a range of other beguiling materials, from wood to crystal.
Big Easy Scooters facilitates half- and full-day excursions throughout New Orleans with name-brand scooter rentals from Aprilia, Genuine, and Kymco. Equipped with helmets and accidental-damage insurance, guests can guide themselves through the historic French Quarter, pausing for glimpses of celebrity-owned residences and sprinklers that spray Sazerac. In addition to rentals, Big Easy Scooters sells previously owned and new scooters including classic models and agile Kymcos.
Orient Expressed populates its jam-packed shelves with everything from antiques to memorable gifts, as well as its own line of hand-smocked children’s clothing. Resulting from a complex process of fabric design, pattern creation, and actual smocking, which can take up to 20 hours per piece, a wide range of heirloom-quality smocked dresses, such as the checked lavender sundress with flowers ($56), class up special events and imaginary tea parties. A customizable burp cloth ($8.50, additional $10 for monogram and design) stands out on a shower-gift table and a pair of monogrammed boys' plaid shortalls ($40) toe the line between dressy and casual, like a flannel tuxedo.
Nola's Ark is that shop you love and hate you missed! It's that shop you would drive halfway across town to in rush hour traffic because you know you're gonna get the perfect gift! We have children's apparel & shoes, tons of babies goodies, and toys galore! Did we mention our unique, one-of-a-kind gift items?