The staff at The Reflections Salon & More tend to clients with services slated to enhance exteriors from fingertips to tresses. From simple trims to advanced, artful styling sessions, the shears-wielding professionals exercise diligence and tailor each snip to suit the client’s personality. The resident licensed waxing technician also assists clients by smoothing out bikini areas in preparation for wintertime trips to indoor water parks.
When Bill La Fleur decided it was time to open up a second restaurant, he enlisted the aid of his favorite chef in the world—his wife, Karen. Karen donned the chef’s hat and took charge of the restaurant’s kitchen, designing a menu of Italian and American dishes that have since been lauded by reporters from the Post-Standard. The skilled chef showers pasta in housemade sauces and hand rubs premium steaks in piquant, robust seasonings. To craft her old-fashioned fish-fry special, Karen breads fresh haddock before plating the crispy fillets alongside nests of fries and coleslaw.
Customers await meals out in the lively dining room, sipping glasses of fine wine and nibbling on freshly baked italian bread. Soft hanging lamps and the glow of televisions bathe the room in warmth. Throughout the month, the restaurant plays host to live-music performances and energetic parties celebrating everything from Christmas to moon landings.
The Yogi Coach’s certified instructor Jeff Phelan guides students through 90-minute group classes that blend techniques from Hatha, Kripalu, and several other yoga styles to create a workout that is both challenging and relaxing. Classes meet Tuesday evenings in tranquil St. Matthews Episcopal Church, while Thursday-night benders meet at 4 Seasons Pilates, flexing together to improve balance and strength with stretches, poses, and full-body demonstrations of the windsor knot. Each class is divided into three sections, starting with a centering to sync the body and mind before shifting into asanas and vinyasas (poses and sequences of poses) that promote strength and flexibility, and winding down with a calming-yet-energizing relaxation. Aside from promoting stress reduction and a sturdy core, classes emphasize meditation and breathing techniques to encourage self-awareness, proper postures, and waking dreams about incredibly focused bagpipers.
Razzle Dazzle Photo Booths immortalizes special events with authentic vintage photo booths that supply an unlimited number of candid keepsakes. During each four-hour session, a helpful attendant ushers party guests into the mobile memory maker where they can adorn themselves with props such as Viking helmets, oversize sunglasses, and feather boas. Once inside, subjects can select from a range of backdrops and finishing options including nostalgic black-and-white, full color, or scratch 'n' sniff, before striking their best pose and hurrying back out to snatch up the strips of prints that appear within four seconds. Following each event, party hosts receive a keepsake scrapbook, as well as a comprehensive photo CD to share all images with online friends or lonely disk drives.
In central New York, the artisans at Brennan Stained Glass Studio work with extreme heat and traditional techniques to craft elaborate stained-glass windows and art pieces. In addition to producing the stained-glass dome atop Alexandria Bay's Boldt Castle, the team has designed and installed windows for thousands of churches, temples, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and office buildings. The team also instructs students in the art of stained glass with its own unique approach. Lessons include basic instruction in the copper-foil method to create window panels and sun catchers. Students may also learn how to design their own custom fused-glass plates so they can stop arguing over dish ownership with their dogs.