At Visage Salon & Spa, an Aveda concept salon, stylists accentuate haircuts with glossing and demi colors or Bio Ionic straightening treatments. But hair isn’t all that leaves the salon brightened and shiny—something made clear by the diverse skills amongst the 13-person team. Skin care specialists customize Elemental Nature facials to hydrate and revive complexions, and administer natural alternatives to microdermabrasion and peels using Aveda botanicals that won’t leave behind redness or signs of irritation. On top of that, aromatherapy body polishes and sea salt body wraps render skin soft and radiant, waxing services do away with lingering scruff, and manicures and pedicures pamper fingers tired from constantly typing short stories about protagonists fighting to get their nails done.
The DeMiglio family has been in the business of bringing people together for more than three decades. Their restaurant, Jersey Boys Grill, echoes with shared laughter and friendly conversation as visitors gather around a large projector screen to watch sports, test their pop-culture knowledge with games of trivia, and assign nicknames to every brick in the eatery's rustic interior. Even the menu is made for sharing, with classic pub appetizers and wood-oven pizzas, including the signature pie topped with mozzarella, bacon, roasted peppers, and ranch dressing. The bar carries more than 15 craft beers in bottles or on tap; local favorites include Flying Fish Hopfish IPA and Brooklyn Lager.
Dark wooden floors stretch across Suzanne’s Hair and Colour Room, contrasting against the gold mirror frames, stone accents, and navy blue walls. Within this carefully designed space, stylists carefully design new hairstyles for both men and women. With DevaCurl products in hand, the team shapes manes into flattering styles, adds bounce and volume to flat strands, and enhances color with glosses, highlights, and lowlights. The stylists also lengthen short ‘dos with Great Lengths hair extensions, which are made out of real human hair or the hair of a mannequin that was human in a past life. Guests can also visit the salon’s aestheticians for brow shaping, eyelash tinting, or full makeup application.
At Badlands Tacos, diners are transported to the titular locale upon gazing at the eatery's southwestern decor. Cow skulls adorned with feathers and bright ceramic art festoon the umber-colored walls. From behind a walk-up counter, a chalkboard menu displays an array of Mexican tacos, chimichangas, and 11 kinds of enormous burritos filled with fixings such as flank steak, cilantro, and guacamole. Badlands Tacos offers numerous ways to celebrate Cinco De Mayo: from booths and tables at their BYOB restaurant, outdoor seating, catering for special occasions, or take-out to feed pet llamas hidden under the porch.
The Bergen Academy provides fine-tuning tutoring for music students of all ages, offering private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, and a multitude of woodwinds. A free 15-minute trial session allows students or their parents to parlay with one of more than 20 potential teachers, introducing musicians to their instruments, the instructors to the instructees, and the instruments to the concept of human companionship.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Tao Yoga & Tai-Chi founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.