When Pavlina first opened her salon, the whole place was pure white, from the floors to the ceilings. She brought the monochrome venue to life with texture and color, adding black accents and an orange-leather couch that showcases the exposed-brick columns. She and her team of stylists apply this same artful eye to their hairdos, whether they are painting in highlights and lowlights, cutting hair into chic shapes, or smoothing strands with keratin and Bio Ionic treatments.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Pavlina keeps tabs on up-and-coming hair trends by taking yearly trips to Europe, rather than by asking hip babies what they want to look like as teens. Her international influences not only shine through in her styles, but in the salon’s products, which include hair color by Lisap and products from Kenra.
Surrounded by soothing, low-lit earth tones, visitors to Elements Spa Salon at Great Wolf Lodge are encouraged to relax from the moment they cross the spa's threshold. Many of the services incorporate Eminence Organic Skin Care products, an all-natural line made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
For more than 25 years, Doctor of Chiropractic Bob Pizzimenti has championed his clients’ own ability to heal themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. As a self-proclaimed unwinder, Dr. Pizzimenti eschews x-rays and technology-based treatments in favor of a more holistic approach to reducing stress and pain. After assessing his patients with chiropractic consultations and exams that target sources of muscular pain, he performs alternative treatments such as auriculotherapy, chiropractic adjustments, craniosacral therapy, yoga, and massage.
Dr. Pizzimenti also promotes well-being outside of chiropractic treatments at Innate Healing Arts Center. His resident herbalist, Tissheama Pizzimenti, oversees a shop filled with potted plants and shelves lined with traditional medicinal plants and specially concocted herbal remedies. She performs consultations and may prescribe custom-made herb blends or specialty spring water to help flush away toxins or spoil cars during car washes.
Also at the center, Reverend Gwendolyn Hurst leads a range of weekly community events, such as group meditation and holistic-health workshops, and yoga teachers lead welcoming classes. And at the onsite Golden Gate Cafe, the staff serves gourmet vegetarian dishes such as tempeh burgers, falafel, and vegetable stir-fry, with many ingredients sourced from local farms that utilize humane vegetable-growing practices.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
The slow-cooked recipes of the South migrated north when Chick'n & Fix'ns owners, Bob and Kenny, decided to team up and start a restaurant that combined old-time recipes with the fast-casual philosophy of many modern restaurants. Since opening for business in 2011, the crispy fruits of their labors have attracted local attention and even led City Pulse to hail their chicken strips as the best in town and call their smashed potatoes "rich" and "seriously adult." Friends of more than 20 years, Bob and Kenny bring a down-home charm to their restaurant’s casual and comfortable atmosphere as they piles plate with grilled and breaded chicken tenders and hearty pot pies. Never frozen, the entrees are served alongside made-from-scratch smashed potatoes and garlic cheese drop biscuits. Guests seated at booths or under pendant lights in the airy dining room may have a chance to converse with Bob or Kenny as they stroll around to check on the food and slice the tops off a seasonally-changing variety of overambitious cakes.