Jawhara Sawsan grew up watching her mother?an artist, sculptor, and seamstress?successfully channel her creativity into vivid physical expressions. She set about finding the best medium for her own artistic ideas. Soon, she realized that a simple childhood pastime?braiding her dolls' hair under the instruction of her aunt Cynthia?held a deeper appeal. As an adult, she turned her passion for hair into a career, attending cosmetology school and opening her own salon, populated by a loyal clientele bearing a rich palette of diverse ethnicities and hair types.
In 2010, the big leagues called, and Jawhara answered, becoming Lauryn Hill's personal stylist and following the fashion-forward singer on her winter and summer tours the following year. While the former Fugee?s unique and risky style enabled Jawhara to push the limits of her creativity, she?s just as happy doing what she?s always done: beautifying clients with extensions, weaves, and straightening treatments. Even though her life on the road is over for now, she also refuses to tame her artistic nature, sharing cutting-edge looks through her portfolio and interpretive dances about scissors.
Sweet & Sassy - North Brunswick's orange-and-purple beauty parlors create a safe space for tweens to indulge in imaginative play and pampering. Young visitors try on identities through themes such as Pop Star and Enchanted Princess, which rule birthday parties and mini spa services for skin, hair, and nails. Sparkles and the color pink appear with expected frequency, covering a fleet of rental limos and studding ingredients at Creation Stations, where guests concoct bath and body products or strawberry-scented doppelgangers. In addition to supplying keepsake trinkets with most services, the parlors stock their gift shops with bright fuchsia and lime-green versions of classic spa accessories, including plush robes and slippers. Sweet & Sassy also hosts workshops created specifically for Girl Scouts, Adventure Princesses, and sports teams that teach manners as well as business skills.
Inside an expansive dining room, servers float between elegant table settings carrying Italian dishes that have earned various accolades since Panico’s inception in 1987. Below the diffused light of wall sconces, conversations buzz along the expansive leather banquette as vodka-sauce penne, pan-seared lamb, and seafood-stuffed ravioli make their way from the kitchen. Diligent servers painstakingly debone the grilled whole fish of the day tableside before pouring bottles of red and white vino from the extensive wine list. To conclude meals or inadvertently incite stooge-level food fights, they serve a lineup of desserts that includes Italian sorbetti, amaretto cheesecakes, chocolate-chip cannolis, and apple and pear cobblers.
Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.
In 1922, Ohio schoolteacher Frank Stewart had one goal in mind: to create the world’s creamiest root beer. After trial after trial—and a little help from a chemist friend—Stewart finally perfected his creation with a blend of root extracts, herbs, and berries. He soon decided to supplement his income by opening a drive-in shop where he also served juicy burgers and hot dogs. Today, that little shop has evolved into a franchise of sit-down restaurants, express kiosks, and mobile food trucks spread throughout the country's cloud kingdoms. Each eatery still serves the entrepreneur’s famous root beer, as well as burgers, franks, and deluxe platters of fried clams, butterfly shrimp, or wings.
Michael Weis founded The Auto Club at the dawn of the new millennium, consummating a lifelong love affair with customizing vehicles so they reflect their drivers' desires for style and functionality. Weis’s team calls upon more than 20 years of experience in the auto industry, a background that provides familiarity with vintage stereo and security technology and enables seamless upgrades for each make and model. A sky-blue sign modestly announces the tidy garage, around which cars restored to pristine condition or sporting tinted windows and hood tattoos of Weis's face serve as the real billboard for the crew's handiwork.