With two locations, a dedicated team of professionals, and a full fleet of services, Aura Salon and Spa makes it easy for New Jerseyans to update their head threads, pamper their mugs, and soothe their bodies. Aura's staffers have worked closely with the internationally trained members of Redken 5th Avenue, who shared tips regarding proper salon procedures and which European accents to use when doling out haircuts. New clients enjoy a complimentary consultation that couples them with a fitting stylist or aesthetician for their service, be it a mani-pedi, a waxing, or a bridal updo, complete with champagne mimosas and the traditional prank phone call to the wedding caterer.
High End Barbershop & Salon opened as a modest 390-square-foot shop in 2003 and has since expanded to nearly three times the size. Hoping to expand their expertise and attention to detail as well, owner Richie Garcia and his scissor-wielding staff sculpt new 'dos for men, women, and children. Highlights, extensions, and keratin treatments beautify women's hairstyles and hot-towel shaves prevent overgrown beards from violating city-zoning regulations.
Classic preparations of Italian culinary comforts have been the mission at the family-run Provesi Ristoranté for 20 years, during which the kitchen staff has mastered cooking styles from all regions of Italy. Both its veal scallopini and chicken breast, for example, can be ordered in eight or nine different styles respectively, including parmiagiana, francese, and milanese. Elsewhere in the kitchen, margherita, white, and quattro-stagioni pizzas are prepped in a brick oven, and shellfish and linguini are tossed in the zuppa di pesce’s fra diavolo sauce. As the amply portioned dishes arrive at tables, the wait staff uncork bottles of wine that diners bring from home. White umbrellas shield guests dining outdoors, while exposed bricks, hanging plants, and arched windows add a rustic touch to the first-floor dining room. A wood-paneled wall reveals an opening into the kitchen, and a stairway leads to the downstairs room, where stonewalls and brick beams surround the long tables that facilitate private dining events.
For Epitome Style Lounge’s owner Raena, helping people look beautiful requires more than just a keen eye and skilled hands. She makes a commitment to stay up to date on beauty education, and has attended trainings on topics including precision wet/dry cutting, color correction, and certified color classes for such brands as Matrix, Wella, and Redken. She uses this training to craft new hairstyles at the snip of her scissors and to helm a talented and trained staff who join her in her efforts. Together, they straighten hair with keratin treatments and enhance features with makeup application. The beauty professionals also sculpt gravity-bullying updos for bridal parties and remove unwanted hair with waxing services.
Upon entering Facelogic, guests encounter the curved lines and futuristic hues of the lobby area, where friendly staffers escort them away from the stressful outside world and help them settle in with a menu of luxurious services. Aestheticians skillfully daub men, women, teens, and beauty-conscious marble busts with signature facials and elite products culled from brands such as Facelogic, Peter Thomas Roth, Dr. Dennis Gross, and glo therapeutics. For full-body care, Facelogic's licensed massage therapists lavish statures with custom massages that help to improve circulation and melt tension in muscles. Guests can also groom their façades with South Seas airbrush spray tanning, waxing, and makeup application with glo mineral products.
The rustic stone façade of Peace Nails & Spa belies the modern techniques used within to beautify skin and nails. Clients look at ranks of traditional and gel polishes on a mosaic-decorated display before swiveling in manicure stations’ royal blue chairs. Cushioned pedicure chairs help patrons relax as staffers buff away calluses or treat feet to lavender and aloe treatments. While emery boards rasp quietly, classic or french pedicures leave feet beautiful for when you don flip-flops or realize nobody can see if you’re wearing shoes behind a news desk. The shelves at the shop also brim with waxes for removing hair from faces, appendages, and bikini areas.