"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.
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.
At Emerald Coast Med Spa & Wellness, Dr. Christopher Cave and Stephanie Wilbanks keep their clientele feeling young and beautiful with services ranging from dermal fillers and chemical peels to permanent makeup. Staffers also stock a variety of products that help patrons maintain or get a youthful glow without having to take a bath in baby food.
Studio Craze's certified staff mentor students as they balance, bounce, and dance their way through eight types of group fitness classes designed to fortify cores and boost agility. Ball Balance pupils lean and squat against stability balls, bolstering balance and flexibility, and exercisers in Ballet Barre combine the intensity of interval training with muscle-shaping technique, working out by bobbing on mats and ballet barres as they carefully intone French conjunctive verbs. Zumba Fitness merges cardiovascular routines with upbeat Latin and international ear candy, and Zumba Toning adds toning sticks into the equation to aid rapid body sculpting.