Taste of Europe's shelves are filled with edible nostalgia. Owners and friends Gene Basov and Marat Tsitolovsky grew up together in Ukraine, and now stock their Overland Park grocery with traditional candies, smoked sprats, and other comestibles that are bound to make Eastern European transplants feel a bit at home.
?I enjoy dealing with people and taking them back to their childhood ? down memory lane,? Basov told The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. Customers often come into the shop to request specific European foods, and Basov searches until he finds them.
English tea, French truffle salt, and Israeli jams are a few delicacies to be found on the shelves. There's also a deli stocked with European sausages and Kosher meats, and a bakery section filled with traditional cakes and pastries. Though the market caters to customers with European ties, it also welcomes shoppers who simply want to try something new, or who wish to impress friends with souvenirs from imaginary vacations.
Owners Shannon and Rusty and their team of stylists look thoughtfully at their client's botched self-dye job. Rather than stand in judgment, the staff focuses on which product from Pureology and Redken will help correct the color and restore health to the frizzled locks. This is a familiar scene at Rostik Salon, where a team of relaxed, friendly stylists nimbly transitions from creating glamorous waves to designing cuts for kids.
Accompanied by a stress-reliving massage, the dermalogica facials use pumice crystals, enzymes, and masks tailored to clients' skin type to cleanse and exfoliate pores while moisturizing the skin. These sojourns may be extended with one of three different chemical peels or with a wrap that uses Chinese herbs to condition skin all over the body. Aestheticians also deftly wax away unwanted hair, revealing smooth skin that they accent with UV-blocking dermalogica makeup and Norvell spray tans that spare skin from UV rays.
Stylist and nail technician Lucy Grothusen works from a cozy corner of Aspen Salon and Spa where she frees nails from scraggly cuticles and daubs them with durable Shellac gel. She can also affix Tammy Taylor acrylics to add length and style. With the Rockstar nail treatment, she brushes nails with Shellac, dots them with glitter, and teaches them to play the solo in "Free Bird." In addition to her signature nail services, Lucy performs cuts and colors on tresses, spritzing heads with Kenra and alcohol-free Pureology products.
Each of the styling stations at Lulu Salon and Spa comes equipped with its own shampoo bowl and ample counter space for products and styling tools. It?s here that stylist Amber Kelley works her magic, cutting and coloring hair underneath the salon?s bright, overhead lights. For waxing services, she exclusively uses soft waxes for sensitive areas such as the face.
Though she may be new to the Overland Park area, stylist Christy Cleaver knows her way around the styling chair. A veteran of the hair industry for more than 17 years, she spent a decade and a half at the helm of her own salon, and brings specialties in razor cuts, hair straightening, and two-tone color panels. Her greatest talent, however, is her ability to listen carefully to each client's wants and needs, and then use the latest industry techniques to help those desires take shape in the styling mirror before them. Best of all, heads leave Christy's capable hands brimming with knowledge about how to recreate styled locks at home, eliminating the need for home hairbrushes to list her as an emergency contact.