With a fire burning in a stone hearth and a porch overlooking the iridescent lake, the main dining room at Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge recreates a classic lodge setting. The aromas of Chef Thomas Pivec’s gourmet steak-house cuisine fill the space year-round, ranging from grilled boneless rib eyes to cold-water lobster tails broiled with clarified butter. Private feasts are held in five banquet dining rooms, including a pub decorated with English house brass and a nautical room full of sailing artifacts and shelves full of murmuring squid.
Over in Lord Fletcher's newly remodeled Oar House, barkeeps pour more than 50 local, craft, and international beers that complement upscale bar snacks. Ten flat-screen TVs keep viewers up-to-date on sports, and sliding glass doors open onto the Wharf, Lord Fletcher's lakeside deck, which is the size of one football field or 100 one-yard models of football fields. There, chefs whip up casual dishes, bartenders man three full bars, and live musicians keep toes tapping every summer weekend. Competitors serve and spike volleyballs at three lakeside sand courts in warmer months, and broomball leagues kick off each winter when the lake freezes over.
One look around Seidou Salon Spa tells clients what level of luxury they can expect to find there. From the mounted flat-screen TV that hangs in front of the black leather styling chairs to the porcelain footbaths that squat at the foot of two padded pedicure thrones, the setting suggests a dedication to pampering rarely seen outside of an Olympic cooing match. The private treatment rooms where massages take place even feature a corner tub, in which clients can indulge in hydrotherapy treatments that either relieve soreness with camphor or soften skin with mango, lime, and aloe.
The center's treatments range in nature from clinical to holistic, sometimes incorporating solutions of lactic or salicylic acid—chemical peels—and sometimes favoring Eastern healing methods—acupuncture and chakra-balancing massages. As an Aveda salon, Seidou Salon Spa has access to popular hair-color and conditioning products, and it upholds this standard by also carrying nail polish from OPI, skin creams from PCA Skin, and appointment books made of recycled newspaper clippings of the first moon landing.
Inside a tiled sanctuary, puffs of perfumed steam swim through the air, hovering just above the surface of a Japanese soaking tub. This is no ordinary bathtub. It’s the site of Fusion LifeSpa’s curative bath, a treatment that helps clients unwind in tinctures of hot mustard, spicy ginger, or lavender. Inspired by holistic Asian medicine and therapeutic European techniques, services such as curative baths embody Fusion LifeSpa’s eclectic influences.
In the front waiting area, staff members welcome clients with warm cups of organic green tea, a fitting complement to the spa’s feng shui decor. Inside the treatment rooms, European spa treatments—such as massages and facials—contrast Asian-inspired services, including the jasmine facial mask, which makes use of the spa's proprietary skincare line. Other services, such as a footbath inspired by a Moroccan hammam, cleanse the body with natural assistance from organic coffee, tangerines, and figs. And for holistic care, the spa’s acupuncture services can realign energy lines faster than an electrician trained in heart surgery.
As the sun sets over Lake Minnetonka, the chefs at Sakana Sushi begin to sharpen their knives in advance of the evening?s dinner rush. With a cooler full of fresh fish at their disposal, it?s up to them to turn choice cuts of salmon or yellowtail tuna into artfully arranged orders of maki and sashimi. Their selection highlights the delicate nature of their ingredients, with 16 specialty rolls pairing these tender morsels with premium fillings including lobster, caviar, or Michael Jordan rookie cards. However, the chefs don?t stop at sushi; they embrace Thai recipes when spooning yellow-coconut curry into a stone bowl and honor Chinese flavors in sizzling plates of Sichuan kung-pao steak.
These cuisines' aromas all mingle in the dining room, where four-seat tables extend all the way from the front windows to the open sushi bar at the back. Although pendant lamps illuminate the sushi chefs, the rest of the space is lit by track lighting that remains firmly fixed to the abstract red, green, and blue fixtures that dot the ceiling.
ASAP Therapeutic Massage & Myotherapy?s therapists stay true to their center?s name, taking a fast-acting approach to pain relief with massages that help myofascial aches from chronic and acute pains from day-to-day life. Though they?ve been around since 1985, the staff needs only an hour or two to treat each client with gliding Swedish strokes or a targeted sports massage designed to improve flexibility. Therapists take pride in doing things the old-fashioned way, taking time to make sure every muscle gets the attention it deserves. For a hard-to-find massage experience, try the center?s specialty trigger-point myotherapy, which tackles myofascial aches and heals necks sore from painful 360-degree rotations. ASAP boasts a staff including multiple therapists and a full time receptionist, organizing the appointments in their four fully-equipped treatment rooms.
For more than 30 years, dedicated staffers at All Seasons Cleaners' four locations have cleansed garments with green processes such as wet cleaning, which yields a 100% biodegradable discharge. At this Certified Environmental Dry Cleaner, the diligent workers ready threads for same-day store pickup, or retrieve clothes from homes with their twice-weekly deliveries.
The cleaning extends to laundry services, washing towels, clothes, and household fabrics such as quilts and drapery with environmentally friendly detergents. At the Crystal store's laundromat, washers and dryers handle up to 60 and 80 pounds respectively, and a soap machine doles out soap, bleach, dryer sheets, and rubber duckies to calm down nervous pants. The cleaning pros also tend to specialty items such as costumes, leathers, and wedding gowns, keeping delicate garments safe with hand-cleaning, hand-pressing, and acid-free products.