"A good consultation goes a long way." So says Heidi Taylor, who honed her craft in New Orleans before opening Salon Allure here in Pensacola. The motto means that Heidi establishes good communication with her clients immediately, so that each salon service fulfills their personal vision of themselves and matches their unique personality. Taylor has found her mantra to be so effective that she has spread it to her team of five beauty techs, which includes an airbrush-tanning artist and trained massage therapist. Each of her hairstylists brandishes Goldwell hair color—a personal favorite of Taylor—as well as the antioxidant-rich Moroccanoil haircare line as they beautify 'dos with cuts, colors, and highlights. The salon's resident massage therapist personalizes treatments by using specific modalities, such as trigger point and hot stone, to ease out body aches and pains. Alongside a spectrum of salon and spa services, the contemporary beauty studio is outfitted with a petite boutique area that is lined with trendy jewelry, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, and hand-painted portraits of Rapunzel wearing an impatient smirk.
Some children may innocently point out a person?s imperfections, but as a kid, Lisa Sturt knew how to work on them. As she grew older, she received training in New Jersey, New York, Paris, Chicago, and LA. Now, she brings her talents to Florida in her own salon.
At Brava Hair Studio and Day Spa, Lisa helms a staff of beauty professionals who remove dead skin cells with brown sugar or sea salt. They also swipe away unwanted hair using Lycon Gold wax, which is designed for all skin types. Her hairstylists follow a five-step approach to salon services. It starts with getting to know the client, then suggesting styles based on texture and shape of the hair, educating the client on how to keep hair strong and healthy, and finally, teaching the client step-by-step techniques to create the same hairstyle at home or change it after a spy on the run has adopted the client?s previous haircut.
The professional pilots at Timberview Helicopters ferry passengers high into the clouds aboard a sky-scraping whirlybird during flight tours through Destin, Kansas City, and Key West. Having chartered flights for National Geographic and the Travel Channel, these pilots expertly navigate planes toward sweeping, picturesque views, allowing sightseers to steal glances of Fort Walton Beach, downtown Kansas City, and Key West's ocean views from a perspective normally reserved for birds and astronauts with binoculars. Additionally, their high-definition videos grant guests a lasting commemoration of their in-flight experience. When they're not chartering tours, they teach budding pilots the gravity-defying tricks of their trade through pilot training and lug precious shipments from port to port with their cargo-lifting services.
Brian, DR, and Lee at Dirt Road Cookers are a tight-knit gang of old-fashioned sausage-smokers and brisket-wranglers, and they have the cowboy hats to prove it. Now, within the trio’s shrine to all things sauce-slathered, customers dine on a menu tangy barbecue chicken, tender pork ribs, and spicy housemade sausage paired with summertime mainstays including potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. In addition to helping them hone their barbecuing chops, their years behind the smoker also taught them the value of efficient eating; all of their eats are available for munching on the premises or in handy to-go orders.
In 2005, The Funplex of Gulf Breeze opened its doors to kids looking for competitive and recreational coaching in cheerleading and gymnastics. Over time, the demand grew so much that the facility expanded to its current 30,000-squre-foot venue, which serves the community with an even bigger variety of activities. Guests of honor have several options for birthday parties, including bounce-house sessions, princess-themed blowouts, private time on the gymnastics equipment, or instruction from a stuntman coach. Even adults can get in on the facility’s fun by taking Zumba dance fitness classes.
With 20 years of teaching experience and more than 10,500 logged dives, Steve DeNeef instructs students in various SSI-affiliated classes including open-water certification, master-diver instruction, and stress and rescue diving. Steve and his son Jake run USA Scuba together and stock their dive shop with high-end equipment and offer gear repair services. Steve also captains a 26-foot Sea Ray that divers can charter for private, local Gulf dives, fishing trips, or blind dates with starfish.