Crimson hues edged in accents of neon orange and ice blue pervade the interior of Lava Lounge. Amid the low lights and bleeding colors, guests lounge on long benches and pull from long hookah hoses. Their exhalations send out swirls of smoke in flavors such as white peach, watermelon, or dominican mango. Between puffs, parties can sip bubbly Blue Moons and Stellas or make a night of it with bottle service. Bartenders also mix long island iced teas, cosmopolitans, and other cocktails behind a bar whose fuchsia lights transition into sky blue.
Tall grasses line the walls behind Lava Lounge's black couches, giving some of the smoking area a more pastoral feel. Patrons can also melt into one of Lava Lounge’s auto-massage chairs, pulling from a hookah while the chair kneads away muscle strains caused by relaxing too hard.
From its roots in a family kitchen, Mi Casa Cake Pops' mail-order business boomed along with demand for its colorful, sweet, handmade cake pops. Today, the bakers whip up desserts in a brand new baking facility, creating multi-textured morsels of cake and frosting in a variety of flavors, including vanilla bean, red velvet, dulce de leche, and nutty peanut-butter cup. Sweet treats delight children and adults alike with shapes such as beloved children's show characters, babies, and vice-presidential candidates of the 19th century.
Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified Airbrush Artists also implement customized airbrush tans over 150 ways by using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
The staff at Nova New York knows people often have reasons not to go to the gym—whether it's a need for childcare or a dislike of most gyms' typical offerings—and hopes to eliminate them. Since the studio opened in the spring of 2013, it has become a place for the community to come work out and learn about health. Childcare is available onsite and certified instructors help students find inner balance through exercise classes, continuing education, and children's programming. When students aren't stretching in a Vinyasa fusion yoga class they can shimmy through a salsa dance session or conquer new challenges in a body toning and conditioning class. Boot camp and personal training round out the options for adults, and kids get their own yoga and Zumba classes.
Behind an unassuming two-story façade of brick and mortar, shop owner Candice Quinteros oversees the expert, efficient maintenance of vehicles through drivability diagnostics, engine tune-ups, tire services, and 24-hour road service. In the proud tradition of Eleanor Roosevelt and her souped-up 1970 Plymouth GTX, the bustling female-owned shop proudly supports women's participation in the mechanical trades. Talented technicians boost engine performance and protect automobiles' insides with thorough cooling-system inspections and radiator flushes, battery diagnostics, and the replacement of old tires with new and used rubber rings from Firestone, Michelin, and Goodyear.
At seven area locations, New York Car Care's teams of technicians keep motorists driving safely in healthy, happy automobiles. The auto techs perform tasks big and small, from major transmission overhauls to routine maintenance jobs such as balancing tires, fixing flats, and giving chest bumps to fired-up bumpers. They also have plenty of on-the-road advice for drivers to keep machines moving smoothly year-round.