Within the full-service Salon Elle, guests get pampered with hair and nail treatments while soaking up bright waves of natural light pouring through large windows. The salon’s stylists offer a variety of color treatments to enhance cuts, including touchups, glazes, SoCap hair extensions, Brazilian blowouts, and partial or full highlights. Other services include waxing to remove unwanted hair from areas such as the eyebrows, upper lip, or chin, as well as manicures, pedicures, and keratin treatments.
Like mounting an HDTV on a terra-cotta warrior, Excel Yoga blends the ancient and the modern, shepherding students of all experience levels through serene yoga sessions, sultry belly-dancing lessons, and high-energy kickboxing and boot-camp fitness classes. A sense of community weaves throughout the studio, from the eco-friendly bamboo flooring to courses that bring families into the fitness fold, such as Kids Yoga and Mommy & Me Yoga.
Beyond its slate of exercise classes, workshops deepen yogis’ relationship with various aspects of yoga. The Anatomy Workshop, for example, blends discussion and practice to explore how certain poses can relieve physical disorders. Excel Yoga even cultivates its own fleet of enthusiastic instructors through intensive teacher training that outfits prospective pedagogues with the knowledge, poses, and sweat-proof grade books they need to lead classes.
Humble Pie Specialty Cakes' Liza Iraci is both a fine artist and a pastry chef, which is why her custom cakes and pies resemble edible masterpieces. Liza affixes delicate flowers to the tops of towering cakes, ices themed creations for sporting events, and decorates birthday cakes with the recipient's favorite cartoon character or Everly brother. In addition to these specialty orders, the shop prepares seasonal pies and cupcakes in such flavors as cookies and cream, heath bar, and cream-filled chocolate.
After working in the hairstyling industry for decades, Theresa has learned a lot. So much so, that she decided to open Salon Exterior. She and her staff at the Paul Mitchell Focus salon specialize in stylish haircuts, vivid color, form updos, and smoothing keratin treatments. And although they are knowledgeable on all aspects of hair, they work to stay up to date on trends with continuing-education courses.
A veteran of 10 triathlons, Laurie Parkinson knows the fitness benefits of biking firsthand. At L Train, Laurie and her fellow instructors help students of all skill levels reap those benefits during intensive, bike-fueled cardio workouts. Set to upbeat music, every indoor group cycling class burns fat, increases rider stamina, and improves strength and flexibility. But L Train's workouts aren't confined to Laurie's intimate studio. Her outdoor group rides whisk bikers everywhere from the mansion-lined streets of New Rochelle to the shoreline of Rye, named for the scent of bread lingering over the whole town.
When wine distributor Jennifer Deutsch envisioned Crush Wine Bar, she wanted a place that “feels like you’re in someone’s living room,” as she told the Journal News. Indeed, there’s an intimate feel to the place: you can sit at a comfortable couch or stand by a gas fireplace as you sip any of more than 50 wines by the glass and bottle. The kitchen staff creates small, inventive bites designed to complement each varietal of wine. Of these plates, you can dine on their roasted-mushroom and spinach-artichoke dip, share platters of cured meats, or replace your spare tire with a wheel of creamy baked danish brie.