Urban Garden Center has been repurposing city spaces for flora long before the Converse owners started turning their Chuck Taylors into flower boxes. The New York mainstay carries on a family legacy that has served the NYC gardening community for more than 50 years. As an "off the grid" business, the center relies on zero utilities to operate. What's more, with the help of a chattering of chickens, they maintain a community compost station, which diverts waste from the local marketplace and businesses in a much safer manner than launching it into lower orbit with a trebuchet.
On a mission to keep city-dwelling plant-scapes looking as vibrant and as impressive as their suburban cousins, the 20,000-square-foot facility outfits green-thumbed customers with eco-friendly soils, fertilizers, and plants. Urban Garden Center also passes its horticulture torch to future generations at its children's learning garden, where young'uns come to learn during classes, school trips, and parties. For extra assistance, or to ensure their rose beds don't end up as rose pullout couches, customers can collaborate with the center's garden gurus for design, maintenance, and installation services.
Skin Spa New York's seven Manhattan locations all represent the same business, but you wouldn't know it by stepping inside. That's because the spa strives to imbue each spot with the feel of its surrounding neighborhood, whether it's the bustling atmosphere of Midtown or the artsy character of Chelsea. Whatever the address, every studio brims with a mix of pamper-centric spa and results-oriented med-spa services using products such as PCA Clinical Skin Care and glo therapeutics. Private massages and full-body waxing complement the purifying effects of facials, which target individual issues such as blemishes and fine lines. Meanwhile, higher-tech treatments can revamp the entire body without a single incision, thanks to light-based techniques such as the collagen-boosting Laser Genesis, skin-tightening Titan laser, and anti-aging Photolight and Limelight facials, which remove signs of sun damage. A company-wide collection of more than 20 lasers can help clients rid themselves of hair by targeting and destroying the follicles that grow it. A plentiful stock of skincare serums is also available for purchase, allowing clients to keep their skin pristine at home.
Since 1976, Manhattan Mini Storage has freed up the closet space of more than 200,000 New Yorkers with units spread throughout the borough. Three months of access to Manhattan Mini Storage's dimensioned 4'x4'x4' compartment gives the space-starved enough room for approximately 10?15 medium-sized boxes, plus clothing, sporting equipment, and small items. All storage spaces come standard with around-the-clock video security, and year-round accessibility with exclusive off-street parking. For oversized handbag and baseball-card collections, the storage company offers larger units, some sizable enough to fit an apartment's worth of furnishings or a decade?s supply of french toast. A concierge service assists in the logistics of the move for an additional cost, helping to keep the stress of moving low.
Manhattan Mini Storage has the space and time to accommodate overstocked packrats and urban rolling stones alike. Availability varies by location, so please phone ahead before making promises to your lawn furniture or Flag Day decorations. In the interest of full disclosure, feel free to check out the company's FAQ page online.
To become the perfect spa, one has to think like Perfect Spa Inc. Or at least like its experienced staff, who have caught the attention of CBS News with their vast repertoire of massage, skincare, and alternative-wellness services. The staff tackles an expansive range of treatments, which include ear candling, during which an aesthetician places a waxed cloth in ears and safely lights the end. The flame's negative pressure works to remove years of buildup from ears, leaving them healthier and cleaner.
Skincare products from brands like Yon-Ka and G.M. Collins are used in the spa's staggering 10 different kinds of facials. The low-fat facial is designed to slim down faces using lymphatic-drainage techniques, while the 24-karat gold facial brightens complexions using real gold sheets raided from Cleopatra’s personal stash. In the spa's hotel-style lounge area, nail technicians beautify digits using CND, OPI, and Essie polishes as well as botanically infused products such as an avocado cuticle conditioner and green-tea mask.
At Vada Spa, staff members devote their international training to beauty rituals that use natural and organic products from GM Collins and Pevonia Botanica. Two floors accommodate spacious mani-pedi bars, styling stations, and private, candle-lit treatment rooms that all swirl with activity until 9 p.m. every day. The owners of the Spa make sure that each service is administered by a true specialist??laser technicians only do laser procedures and aestheticians never hand over their facial duties to an assistant or nearby welder. "We're very particular about who we hire," one of the spa owners says. "It has to be someone who's experienced. We don't have anyone here who's just starting out or fresh out of school."
Since their mission is to be a one-stop destination for head-to-toe spa services, Vada's owners do their best to reserve hairstyling chairs and treatment rooms for walk-in customers. They also pride themselves on their expertise with the male aesthetic, offering a lineup of guy-specific spa services including back facials, shoulder waxing, and spare-tire rotations.
The secret ingredient at Minus 417 Dead Sea Spa is Dead Sea salt, which is infused into many of the spa's skin, body, and nail treatments. Nails soak in the mineral-rich salt during a spa mani-pedi. Bodies benefit from Dead Sea salt's circulation-boosting abilities during a mud mask and a warming massage, where the much-touted element also helps firm, soften, and rejuvenate the skin.
Of course, the spa's experienced aestheticians also rely on other ingredients, including Thai herbs, vitamin A, and Jeunesse Advanced Skin Care products. Clients can choose from more than 20 types of facial treatments or enjoy a massage from a certified therapist capable of harnessing the powers of essential oils, honey, and green tea. The skin experts at Minus 417 are also well versed in a range of advanced aesthetic treatments, including LED light therapy that erases sun damage and IPL hair removal that rids bodies of unwanted hair and freshly sprouted grass.