Mist offers customized, handheld mists to under-sunned patrons in a comfortable, discreet environment. When you arrive at Mist, a friendly and experienced staffer will combine alcohol-free and organic colors to form a custom concoction that will blend with your current coat like a tiger in a pile of basketballs. You'll then relax (in your skivvies, an old bathing suit, or complimentary disposable bikini) as the tanning technician uses the handheld hue-changer to darken your dermis with the optionally scented (such as green apple, vanilla, and peach, $5 extra) spray. The quick-drying treatment yields a hue that is more seamless than a unitard and lasts five to seven days, just like a unitard.
Kim Hastings is hair's worst enemy. The waxing specialist spends her days at the upscale Phoenix Rising Salon removing unwanted hair from clients’ bodies. She quickly eliminates hair across the body, from fuzz on upper lips to unwanted hair around bikini areas to fur on backs, which puts an end to being mistaken for Uncle Joe's toupee when prepping for family outings.
Phoenix Rising Salon & Day Spa's stylists and aestheticians strive to create a soothing and welcoming place for their clients to have their beauty needs attended to. They welcome visitors with warm coral walls and flower-dotted decor, and offer services that cover the entire body. Skin services include an acne-fighting facial and relaxation comes in the form of a 75-minute hot-stone massage. Meanwhile, classic treatments range from hair-coloring services to pampering mani-pedis.
If the air seems a little cleaner at Phoenix Rising Salon & Day Spa, it's not just your imagination. The fresh-oxygen-exchange system is just one of the amenities that make this space feel more welcoming that usual; others include fresh flowers and young bamboo trees at the door, vines snaking up the walls, and coral walls setting a serene mood.
Hairstylist Kayla takes advantage of the atmosphere to breathe new life into her clients' looks. She offers haircuts, coloring, and styling treatments while her colleagues administer nourishing facials and dole out massages for tense muscles and cranky funny bones. The staff uses products from Redken, Pureology, and Pevonia Skin Care during treatments, all of which are available for purchase.
Stylist Scala thrives on her artistic skills. She artfully cuts new hairdos, from blunt bangs to sweeping layers. She swaddles strands in new monochromatic hues and eye-popping highlights. She also expertly tackles frizz and flyaways by treating hair with keratin-express treatments.
A single weathervane squeaks as it sways in the breeze atop a peaked roof. Below it, a building dating back to 1948 houses Montclair Bistro amid fieldstone and brick pathways created in french provincial style. At 7 years old, future chef and owner Henry Vortriede began his cooking career by thumbing through culinary magazines and preparing meals for his family of eight. After going on to earn diplomas in food and wine at Le Cordon Bleu and L'Académie du Vin in Paris, France, he honed his skills as a chef in several French restaurants and created chocolate art showpieces at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.
Today, as owner and chef at Montclair Bistro, Vortriede draws on his culinary background to create a rotating menu that includes organic chicken scaloppini sourced from Petaluma Farms, duck-and-wild-mushroom quesadillas with brown-butter chestnuts, and thick, double-cut pork chops with sweet-potato-apple pancakes. Another menu of brunch fare combines traditional favorites such as scrambled eggs with black truffle and eggs benedict with lobster cake.
Vortriede's taste is on display not only on plates but also on the restaurant’s walls, where elegant painted canvases hang. Two hundred bottles of wine stand nearby on storage racks inside walk-in glass covered with the pressed noses of oenophiles. The decor, which includes dark carpeting and dark chairs, white-linen-covered tables, and flickering candles, helped earn the restaurant OpenTable's 2012 Diners' Choice award for romantic restaurant in East Bay.