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More than two decades of experience teams up with futuristic medical-grade technology to beautify clients at Vasso Skin. In addition to traditional spa services such as facials and waxes, the spa treats skin irregularities such as cholesterol deposits and skin tags with noninvasive Lamprobe treatments. The spa also keeps holistic specialist Janine Gilarde on retainer for Japanese reiki sessions. This form of massage employs light touch to redirect energy, ridding clients of stress and anxiety, much like a trained falcon rids people of their toupees.

505 Waltham Street
Newton,
MA
US

Kristen Melanson believes in the power of energy to affect our daily lives. She believes that both positive and negative energy affect us at the cellular level, and so she practices energy medicine to help correct that negative energy. In her calming studio, Kristen—a certified reiki master—helps direct healing energy toward her clients by placing her hands over specific points on the body. In this way, she helps clients with everything from chronic pain to emotional trauma, and assists the body in healing itself.

505 Waltham Street
Newton,
MA
US

Lumière's menu features cleanly executed, creative French cuisine crafted from local and sustainable ingredients by world-class chef Michael Leviton. First-course favorites include the Verrill Farm corn fritters ($14) and sea scallops wearing a caramelized coat and accessorized by locally grown beets, orange, ginger, and chervil ($16). Tickle tongue bumps while calming your conscience with a bite of humanely raised, succulent veal loin reclining on a luxurious bed of braised greens, kalamata olives, and tzatziki ($30). Or, catch Skippy's mustard-crusted Chatham bluefish, swimming through monotonous mealtimes with a retinue of Verrill Farm zucchini, buoyant spring onions, potatoes, and salsa verde ($26). A $35 prix fixe menu grants guests two choices for three courses, including the dessert decision between a decadent dark chocolate and peanut butter mousse parfait doused in caramel sauce, Chantilly cream, and candied peanuts, and a lightly sweet watermelon sorbet.

1293 Washington St
West Newton,
MA
US

According to a review in the Boston Phoenix, Hedy Jarras opened her own Sweet Tomatoes Pizza after a summer stint working in Cape Cod for Sweet Tomatoes founder Christopher Owens. She became so enamored with the atmosphere and the food that she convinced Owens to allow her to open her own location in her hometown.

Sweet Tomatoes Pizza's recipe forgoes the traditional red sauce in favor of chunky, uncooked tomatoes. Its ingredients create an “unapologetically pungent” pie that can be adorned with more than 31 toppings, including goat cheese, capers, and kalamata olives, and the crust combines a strong backbone of oil-free dough with “the merest hint of flavorful char.” Specialty pizzas such as the Pesto Splash attracts both the olfactory and ocular systems with a thick layer of pesto and chopped fresh garlic. Accompanying the pizzas, tuna-salad, chicken-parmesan, and prosciutto di parma sandwiches round out the Italian-focused menu.

1279 Washington St
West Newton,
MA
US

Gymnasium combines traditional, results-oriented fitness methods with contemporary exercise science. Gymnasium's essential philosophy emphasizes holistic well-being as much as it does verifiable science, so workouts harness quickly efficient equipment such as ropes, kettlebells, and sandbags. Attempt freeform fitness in In-n-Out Workouts, or attend a group session, such as the Sweat-Shop complete workout (balance, core, strength, cardio, and mobility), Forest Yoga for All, or Medieval Fencing and Combat, which gives sword fans a low-impact workout and practice for future basilisk encounters (see the schedule for class days and times). The dedicated, friendly staff is happy to help first-time worker-outers find a perfect routine to achieve a sound mind and body just in time for the office's swimsuit-karaoke contest that will determine the next round of promotions.

1001 Watertown St
West Newton,
MA
US

Pair up with a pal or loved one for an escape to the quaint and sunny L'Aroma Café, where skilled baristas steep imported teas and steam espressos with the level of care seen among ex-plumbers in belt shops. Glass-top tables fog up under mugs of freshly brewed drip coffee and espresso concoctions, and teas sourced from Sri Lanka fill the air with scents of jasmine, spiced chai, and mango. Other beverages range from hot chocolate and chai lattes to zesty apple cider, and L'Aroma can serve any coffee drink on ice, decaffeinated, or in a miniature replica of the local water tower. Fresh pastries and other desserts beckon tongues from behind the café's glass counter. French macaroons wave-down taste buds with buttercream icing and tea bread spells out invites with apricots and pecans.

15 Spencer St
West Newton,
MA
US

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