Lisa Schmidt is passionate about helping others feel their best, and she knows that having healthy skin is a good place to start. At her studio, she helps clients achieve glowing complexions using her training from the Aveda Institute and her continued education through the International Dermal Institute. Lisa takes a gentle approach to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, repairing sun damage, and hydrating dry skin. All of her treatments—which include a variety of facials and peels to target specific skincare needs—are noninvasive and use pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. Along with beautifying faces, she also helps clients remove unwanted hair with waxing services for the face and body.
Wax Kitten has smoothed the skin of all kinds of clientele, including men, women, and stars of the WE show Bridezillas. Skilled technicians remove unwanted hair from the full body—from brows to back, nose to navel, and upper lip to derriere. To reduce pain along the bikini area, they use hard wax instead of strips and divulge aftercare instructions to reduce irritation. The business also hosts waxing parties, where five or more friends may lessen waxing inhibitions by sipping from a complimentary bottle of wine or nibbling on waxed fruit.
Named one of 2012's top 100 five-star bicycle retailers in the United States by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Penn Cycle and Fitness has helped its customers enjoy smooth cycling for more than 57 years. From spare parts to automobile racks, the shop carries a large assortment of bike-riding gear for casual and serious excursions, while also offering repairs. During repair classes, the staff imparts its knowledge of bicycle mechanics onto pupils, who walk away from the 90-minute sessions with the ability to adjust brakes, fix faulty chains, and provide other other helpful bike-related tips to make sure you learn how to take great care of your bike.
Though barbecue is a popular American delicacy, Baltimore–style pit meat is in a category all its own. Hailing from Maryland's working-class neighborhoods, the meat is known for its distinctive spice blend, thin cut, and ability to lip-synch any Springsteen song. The Lyndale Tap House's culinary experts marinate their beef, pork, and ham for three days before searing it on a pit grill until the outside chars and the inside cooks to the pinnacle of tenderness. Then they slice the meats paper-thin before mounding them on kaiser rolls and dressing them with homemade sauces. In addition to their signature barbecue, the restaurant serves up fresh seafood, classic pub entrees, and a slew of domestic and imported craft beers.
A five-minute drive from downtown, Uptown’s public spaces entice visitors with bike paths, sculpture gardens, and locals blasting impressions of Björk's pet swan over a megaphone. Nearby, rented canoes crisscross Lake Calhoun’s calm waters, and restaurants serve eclectic cuisines from fresh seafood to Japanese cuisine on outdoor patios. Visitors to Uptown can feast on American fare at restaurants such as Primebar, which serves up sandwiches, steak, and seafood with largely local brews; The Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Lyn-Lake, known for its small batches of craft beer; and the Uptown Cafeteria, offering trendy contemporary meals. Evenings out at Bar Louie tempt guests with martinis, margaritas, and other cocktails accompanied by pub food, and Chino Latino delights palettes with dishes small and large, spicy and explosive. Wayward mermaids dining at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar can enjoy a feast fit for the sea with raw, grilled, and baked items, or step on shore and visit moto-i in Lyn-Lake to sample the food you’d find on Japanese streets.
Dappled light from an overhanging crystal chandelier catches the glittering fibers of yarn skeins arranged in displays, on tables, and covering the towering walls of StevenBe's high-ceilinged atrium. Store proprietor Steven Berg continues to redefine the traditional knitting methods he first learned as a child, infusing patterns with creative twists, nontraditional materials, and enough sparkle to rival a Swarovski Lite Brite. In an interview with Patch.com Berg stated, "We want the knitting experience to be] fun and playful, lighthearted—we want this to be a happy place where—whatever troubles you might have at home—you can leave them behind." StevenBe's eye-catching displays of chunky yarns, wools, cottons, and novelty materials wrap visiting knitters in a fibrous embrace faster than a lonely box of Wheaties, and paintings from local artists adorn the walls. Animal-print armchairs support a growing circle of crafters during special events and sun-soaked afternoons that may feature refreshments or live musicians' buzzing instruments above the gentle clicking of knitting needles.