Local blues musicians and other artists generate a suitably warming and varied aural backdrop on which executive chef Patrick Pierre-Jerome swirls together flavors from New Orleans, Europe, and further afield. Hat City Kitchen's menu fills plates with inventive takes on comfort food such as shrimp and grits, jambalaya, bread pudding, and baby back ribs. The ribs don a combination of plum sauce, hoisin sauce, ketchup, and cocoa, which the New York Times says "sounds like a mouthful and, happily, is."
In front of a blocky quilted curtain, a rotating roster of live performers strums guitars and charms snakes back into drum kits beneath the exposed ductwork that runs above the cabaret-style seating. Hands Inc., a local nonprofit, presides over the eatery and works with a variety of artists to raise funds for projects designed to improve the Valley area.
In Orange Garden Center's expansive nursery and store, cherry-bomb barberries and japanese maple trees keep watch over purple, yellow, and red flowers, all clad in leafy outfits. More than 800 varieties of perennials lend years of color to lawns, and friendly staffers assist more modest makeovers with stone accents, topsoil, and mulches in hardwood or cedar. After running curious palms over Orange Garden Center's stock of ornamental grasses, patrons can retreat inside to peruse gardening tools and specialty items, such as deer repellent and books on tape, to keep plants entertained while their owners are at work. Orange Garden Center also offers a selection of pottery and window boxes, and customers who purchase pottery can take advantage of the custom flower potting area, where staff is available to plant new purchases at no extra cost.
Brake-O-Rama began as one location in 1949 but now boasts 14 service centers speckled across the East Coast. Together these automotive hospitals work as a force, repairing and maintaining domestic and imported vehicles of virtually any make and model. Before sourcing spare parts from the company's private warehouses, Brake-O-Rama's ASE-certified technicians thoroughly analyze vehicles with advanced diagnostic technology that includes four-wheel computerized alignment systems, electron microscopes that scan for chipped paint finishes, and magnifying glasses ever in search for clues to Professor Plum's murder. Meanwhile, Firestone, Goodyear, and Michelin tires fill the supply closets, allowing the patrons to tighten their grip on the asphalt before a cross-country trip.
Inside their drive-thru wash and bays, KC’s Car Wash’s mitten-wearing technicians scrub away vehicular dirt without the scratches and streaks associated with robotic washes. Glistening exteriors get a cherry on top with add-on premiums, including road-reflecting tire treatments with silicone or Armor All. The technicians also take their shop beyond its eponymous service with their signature 10-minute oil changes powered by premium Quaker State lube. Full weekend hours help techs squeeze into even the tightest schedules, and an onsite convenience store accessorizes autos with items such as air fresheners, steering-wheel covers, and refills for the dashboard slushie dispenser.
There are plenty of reasons to arrive early at Glam Spa. Prior to appointments, clients can take tours, sip beverages, or relax during a mini-spa treatment?all while enjoying soothing aromas and the sounds of soft instrumental music. Then it's on to private rooms, where the spa team administers brow waxes, blueberry peels, medical-grade microdermabrasion treatments, lemon-drop body polishes, and acupressure massages.
Diamond Designs inspirits limbs by providing high-quality watches, rings, and other dazzling body ornaments for both men and women. Garnish wrists with a Wenger Black Battalion Diver watch ($225), which comes equipped with water-resistant coating and the ability to fast-forward through Thursdays. Akoya black-cultured-pearl earrings ($75.26) lend lobes timeless class, and a sterling silver fleur-de-lis ring ($60.10) encircles hand branches with odorless alternatives to Funyun finger-wear. Consult the guidance of Diamond Designs' platoon of keen-eyed professionals to ensure a knowledgeable purchase, or employ the pinpoint precision of gemologists to restore broken bling. Battery installments resuscitate lagging watches ($10–$15), allowing wearers to experience time in real time and shiny bands get in shape during ring sizing sessions ($30–$40).