Indulging Spa Services’ staff boasts a combined 55 years of experience, which they put to good use inside of this clean, pastel-colored spa. On the docket are numerous mani-pedis, everything from French manicures to spa pedicures, precision haircuts, and relaxer treatments. The stylists also offer permanent all-over color treatments, brow arching, and facial waxing.
The New York Suit Exchange specializes in providing formal men's attire at prices that non–landed gentry can afford. With two locations and over 15,000 suits for sale in each store, the Suit Exchange carries an abundance of duds available for every bodily appendage. Today's deal is valid for anything in stock, from shirts, pants, and ties to shoes, belts, and socks. Even sale items and suit packages are fair game. The Economizer is one such suit package, providing one suit, one pair of shoes, one dress shirt, one silk tie, one leather belt, and one pair of socks for $129.99. Keep toes tapping stylishly with a pair of black-leather lace-up shoes from Adolfo ($49.99) or a striped red tie set ($14.99) for the Harry Potter cosplay party. Stock up on dress shirts in a variety of materials and colors ($14.99–$29.99), or hold it all together with a leather belt ($14.99).
Kristi Duckworth doesn't mind when her art gets stepped on. In fact, she encourages it, having composed sprawling mosaics for park pathways and sidewalks. These locations are a fitting canvas for her large-scale, nature-inspired work. Her second favorite place to put art, however, is in the hands of children.
Kristi hosts multiple afterschool programs and classes that arm kids with everything they need to make beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. Her mosaic lessons teach students to sift through tiles and arrange them into photo frames, and her ceramics classes cover the basics of sculpting and using a pottery wheel without constantly honking its horn. She also runs Art Night, a supervised three-hour period of freeform creation. Anyone who stops by can practice their mosaic-building skills, painting strokes, or ceramics techniques with the available tools.
The friendly staff at this vintage-infused downtown boutique helps shoppers stuff their wardrobes with fashionable apparel from well-known and up-and-coming designers. Ladies can suit up for formal cocktail parties and formal grocery-store runs with sleek black dresses from Thalia ($120), and men can don threads from labels such as Rocksmith, made famous by the award-winning rap artist and three-time bronze-medal curling champion Lil Wayne. Shoes, such as a blue pumps from Jessica Simpson ($88) or wheat-colored angus loafers from Pointer Footwear, keep toes stylishly safe from bubblegum on the pavement, and shirts such as the blue Original Penguin polo ($59) help men hide marriage-proposal chest tattoos until just the right time.
Don your nicest of men’s or women’s patterned vests and settle in for a night of elegant dining at your own pace; Safari’s dim lighting, cracked-plaster walls, and ornate molding create an Old World atmosphere perfect for discussing German expressionist film noir or the correctly patterned vests for sophisticated dogs. While thinking of the next thing to say, you can fill your mouth with a menu featuring a variety of tapas ($6 to $9) such as Creole crab cakes served with tri-colored peppers and shallot ($9); southern fried chicken skewers with three-cheese macaroni ($7); and Moroccan beef skewers with button mushrooms, onion, and cous cous ($8). Vegetarians can join in the plate-passing pageantry with a little falafel with roasted-garlic hummus and tempura-battered seasonal vegetables with Asian dipping sauce; while those craving a comfort food can savor the simple delights of pita pizzas such as the three-cheese pizza with cheddar, mozzarella, and fontina. Safari also offers a selection of fresh salads and wraps, including the fried tilapia wrap ($7).
As a young girl, jewelry designer Kimberly Brown was taught by her mother to never follow the crowd, and she has been flaunting her originality ever since. Now, she expresses herself through her colorful, eclectic jewelry line, which inspired her to open a fashion boutique to help others show off their own individuality. At Urban Chocolate, she and her friendly staff act as stylists, helping their guests unleash inner artists while donning handcrafted and vintage clothing, purses, and shoes. Kimberly's line of jewelry is also always on hand to help guests spice up boring outfits or steal attention from their scales.
Urban Chocolate is located within The Seen. This retail and performance space acts as a hub for Memphis's cutting-edge fashion designers, musicians, writers, and artists.
Midtown's professionally trained and certified mechanics first conduct a general safety inspection to ensure the frame is structurally sound, wheels aren't warped, and the bicycle isn't actually a rouge quadricycle. Then during the basic tune-up ($45–$60) they'll clean the drive train (without removing any parts) and make adjustments. After gears, brakes, headset, hubs, and BB set are impeccably tuned, the bike buffs perform a minor wheel truing and lubricate everything that can be lawfully lubricated in accordance with the landmark 1958 Supreme Court ruling, Cavendish vs. The State of Missouri.