When Director Tony Youhanna and George Solomos founded Little Legends Soccer Academy in 2009, they found themselves filling a niche. At the time, the North Shore offered no quality soccer coaching for youngsters interested in the game. Their first session was a success, drawing thirty eager players, but it didn't prepare them for the popularity that was to come. Since that day, the academy has ballooned: more than 300 children ages 24 months to 8 years old are currently enrolled in its various programs.
Each clinic helps kids build soccer fundamentals such as foot skills, passing, and receiving in an environment that encourages fun and teamwork. Very young players—24 to 36 months—start off in the Born to Kick program, which couples soccer skills with mind-nurturing topics such as shapes, colors, and vocabulary. As children get older and their skills progress, they move into clinics aimed at more advanced techniques, eventually putting them to work in games. The academy's Space program—standing for speed, agility, core, and endurance—does away with the soccer ball altogether, focusing instead on exercises to improve footwork, speed, and balance.
Stylist and owner Robin DiPaolo designed Blue Orchid Salon and Spa to facilitate thorough relaxation with head-to-toe treatments. Besides standard cuts and colors, stylists calm wild hair textures with treatments such as japanese hair straightening, chemical relaxers, or soothing whale songs. On the spa side, aestheticians customize facials to each customer’s skin type, while massage therapists enhance Swedish or deep-tissue strokes with body polishes and hot stones.
The manicurists at Lu's Nails Boutique embellish finger-sheaths with a palette of professional OPI and Essie nail polish. Crimson pedicure chairs support reclining patrons, whose eyes wander between lemon-meringue walls, leafy potted plants, and mini statues of Buddha offering knowing winks.
A line of comfy black-leather pedicure thrones stand against the wall of Edelweiss's main room, letting visitors to sit back kick back as technicians pamper their feet with massages and cuticle treatments. Blonde woods, floral motifs on the cream-colored walls, and a huge flatscreen decorate the new nail salon, where staff are hard at work on Cuccio organic manicures and soothing spa-style pedicures. European and no-chip polish treatments keep keratin shields looking shiny for weeks, while cleansing foot baths make toes feel as soft and fresh as the day they burst forth from their tiny cocoons.
A bubbling bath soothes feet as a precursor to the pedicures at Spa Nail City. Clients recline in plush, clay-colored seats, plunging their feet into warm water before a technician grooms their toes. Zebra-patterned chairs punctuate the row of manicure stations, where nail artists lend a glossy tone to fingernails. They add a splash of color with essie traditional or gel polish—or CND Shellac polish, which resists chips so clients don't have to protect their manicures with gloves made from PVC.
From within Wicked Salon, manicurist Dany gives her undivided attention to hands and nails. She keeps skin soft with moisturizing paraffin treatments and tops nails with traditional polish or long-lasting gel. Additionally, Dany keeps hands identifiable in a lineup with custom nail art.