B-True Organics's formidable skincare boutique has a lot in common with the produce section of a grocery store. Products are crafted with botanicals such as fennel, grapefruit, or mango, and they're almost pure enough to eat. That's because every pH-balanced shampoo, body lotion, and eye shadow contains no harsh chemicals and is never tested on animals or particularly hairy coconuts. In addition to their in-house line of products, B-True Organics carries brands such as Dr. Bronner's, ilike, and Spa Ritual. B-True's respectable menu of spa services lets customers put its products to the test in private treatment rooms as they receive organic facials or massages that draw from Hawaiian and Balinese techniques.
Drama Studio's workspace is striking with its lime-green walls and black accents. And so are the custom looks the studio's create for each client. Waxing, manicures, and makeup application are among the salon's services, and the staff's specialties include applying vivid Redken hair color, formaldehyde-free keratin straightening treatments, and Aqua hair extensions.
It seems like an inconsequential decision—choosing a frozen yogurt flavor—but it’s not, and YoBelle knows it. There are important distinctions between its 35 flavors that simply can’t be discerned by reading the names. There are subtle differences between Tahitian vanilla and regular vanilla bean, and the hint of sourness in the tart flavors allows taste buds to easily tell them apart from the classic flavors. That’s why customers are encouraged to first sample all the available flavors for free, leaving taste decisions to the tongue and freeing up the mind to figure out how the cup will support the weight of all 50 fresh fruit and candy toppings simultaneously.
This NY-style manstitution harkens back to the barbershop heyday of the '40s, with intricate gold-trimmed walls, classy chandeliers, and a team of friendly hair whisperers that's armed and legged to whip follicles into shape. A tenure spent nestled in the shop's plush fur-fighting chairs can take two forms. Stylishly eradicate facial fuzz with a luxurious hot-lather shave, employing heated shaving cream and a pristine straight-blade to render a clean-cut appearance matched only by Library of Congress cadets and Ken dolls. Or, opt for the all-encompassing haircut service, having your strands styled to your liking as well as lovingly shampooed and conditioned. A shirt-flattering neck-shave is also included, preventing shady back-neck tendril trades.
Whether guests are seeking relaxation or clinical aesthetic procedures, the team at Sobe Spa have the skills and knowledge to customize an appropriate service. Owner and registered nurse Sandra Mendizabal and her staff of aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists utilize the latest technologies and product lines to create effective, lasting results. They can ease muscle tension with soothing, hot-stone massage, or perform a lymphatic-drainage massage to facilitate recovery from surgery. A skincare expert can deeply cleanse skin during a stress-reducing spa facial, or address mild scarring or acne with a medical-grade chemical peel. To target cellulite, the crew might recommend noninvasive, roller-based Endermologie sessions or minimally invasive mesotherapy injections.
They also offer mani-pedis, hair services, and holistic healthcare, and do it all within a clean, chic spa environment that aims to cultivate a tranquil vibe. Collections of earth-toned rocks line the bottom edges of the walls, leading from the white-on-white reception area toward treatment rooms that branch off from a hallway that is elegantly adorned with sheer, white drapery.
Those looking for Las Olas Barbershop need only look for the striped Padair barber pole, which has been spinning out front for generations. Made in the year 1948, it’s emblematic of the longevity of the shop, which first opened on Las Olas Boulevard in 1951 and was helmed by the same man—Ben "The Barber" Adamo—for more than 46 years. Though Ben has since passed, the traditions set down by the old-school barber are continued by current owner David Quinn, who takes care to ensure his third-generation customers receive the same quality service as their fathers and grandfathers before them. He's also taken great pains to revamp the aging hub—which he described as "a piece of history on the boulevard," to Go Riverwalk writer Kevin Lane—while respecting its legacy and character.
Today, though the wood floors and paint colors have been updated, guests can still see Ben's familiar photo and prized golf club hanging around. Upgrades have included barber cabinets and chrome-and-porcelain Paidar barber chairs dating back to the 1930s, which add authenticity to the shop's vintage aesthetic and nightly jitterbug marathons. And while the new generation of barbers continues to dole out the shop's signature shave-and-a-haircut service, they now also cater to women and kids and have even added manicures to the menu.