Patrons of The Olive Store can peruse a selection of elegant bottles to hold pure extra-virgin olive oils, olive oils flavored with ingredients such as Meyer lemons or porcini mushrooms, and balsamic vinegars imported from Italy. The shop also stocks pasta, cooking spices, and even EVOO-infused personal care products such as shampoo and lotion.
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.
Surgeon's Skin Secret products pamper people-parchment with time-tested, never animal-tested, formulas. Its signature beeswax moisturizer (from $5.98), which was developed by a plastic surgeon, harnesses the natural powers of lanolin and mineral oil to repair the most irritated epidermises, even those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, or diabetes. Other Surgeon's Skin Secret skincare products have been specially calibrated for athletes (Sportwax, from $5.99), men (Men's Mountain Mist twist-up stick, $12.99), and lips that can’t reflect moonlight Merlot shimmer lip gloss, $4.39). Bath-and-beauty products pamper facades and frontispieces with botanical conditioners ($9.95), natural soaps ($2.99), and aloe-mint toners ($10.95). First-aid and personal-care products are also available.
While the luxurious spa experience is already tempting on its own, Birmingham Tea Spa augments its pampering services with the pleasantries of tea service. While guests sip tea or kick back with glasses of champagne, skilled technicians pamper hands and feet with scrubs or paraffin dips that soothe and moisturize skin. Elsewhere in the spa, guests indulge in customized facials, and mini-massages that eliminate tension in upper shoulders and really stressed-out action figures.