Rain Salon & Spa?s stylists and therapists call upon the powers of Mother Nature?as embodied in plant-derived Aveda products?to repair damaged hair and untie knotted muscles. Provided they don?t have to use harsh chemicals, the stylists are always receptive to new technologies. Aveda delivers on this front with treatments such as the Smooth Infusion retexturizing system and a botanical renewal treatment that strengthens frizzy strands.
The spa?s therapists soothe backs and shoulders with 10 massage modalities, many of which come with enhancements such as Aveda blue oil and aromatherapy infused with clary sage. It?s not uncommon for other spa treatments to include more than meets the eye. Facials, for example, begin with a consultation and end with a makeup touchup. Similarly, complimentary beverages accompany nail treatments that refresh hands and feet with caribbean aromas, gel polishes, and freshly laundered sock puppets.
As a plant grows, West Side Nursery's now expansive facility also grew from a small seed. Over its four decades in business, the nursery nourished its modest selection to transform into a now flourishing assortment of specimens that rarely find shelf space at smaller nurseries or big-box stores. As its first claim to fame, West Side Nursery highlights its colorful variety of trees, though more than 120 varieties of shrubs edge in on the spotlight as well. The personable and knowledgable staff members, including a landscape designer, also take the time to talk gardening tips with their customers, from discussing the proper time to water new blossoms to the proper time to take an aging maple for its daily walk.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
With a trained team of mechanics and an 8,000 square-foot facility with seven service bays, Dwight's Fleet & Auto Repair can accommodate all types of cars experiencing all types of issues. The staff is versatile and savvy with parts ranging from the battery to the muffler as well as all the belts, wires, and loaded windshield die in between. Their services include both preventative maintenance such as oil changes and small- and large-scale repairs for brakes, transmissions, and electrical systems. Dwight's backs all of its services with a 12-month/12,000-mile limited parts and labor warranty valid at 20,000 facilities nationwide.
For more than two decades, Hugo Fraga and his family have restored and fine-tuned the intricacies of customers' timepieces in Precision Time's convenient mall kiosks. In addition to replacing batteries and manicuring the hands of more than seven million watches, the millisecond specialists carry a full spectrum of watches and wristbands by designers including Swiss Military and Sottomarino. A collection of Fender timepieces ($15+) unites wearers with craftsmanship that revolutionized the music industry in the 20th century, and a collection of London Underground watches ($36) pairs classic and modern styling typical in across-the-pond fashion. Precision Time connects each of its functional jewelry pieces with a five-year battery plan, and provides watch-cleaning services ($10) for timepieces that have been accidentally dropped into vats of horse sweat.
Halftee owners Amanda Barker and Noelle Nieporte personally design each of their tops for women and young girls with fashion and function in mind; the tops beautifully accent outfits with full necklines while doing away with excess fabric. Customers can slip on both classic and modern looks, such as a basic Halftee ($16.99) in one of seven colors. A tank Halftee ($16.99) frees arms from the tyranny of sleeves, and a Girlee long-sleeved Burnout Halftee's ($15.99) cotton-spandex blend adds style to the necklines of young fashionistas. Between wears, customers can toss their items into a washing machine and hang them on a line until as fresh as a quick-witted 13-year-old. Halftee also aims to ease their patrons' wardrobe upgrades with an online sizing chart.