In 2002, beauty-school graduate Paula took everything she had—$5,000 and a dream of combining beauty services with holistic healing—and opened A Harmony Nail Spa. She even poured countless hours into hand-building many of the spa's unique furniture pieces and cyborg employees. Since the humble beginning, she and her fully licensed staff have pampered the minds and bodies of numerous clients with drastically different needs, from cancer patients seeking meditation classes to hardworking mothers overdue for an indulgent manicure.
Upon entering the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility, guests waltz through the gift shop's aisles before entering one of the spa's specific treatment areas. In the nail studio, clients lounge on purple thrones shaped like purple hands and dip their feet into soothing pedicure sinks. A Harmony Nail Spa also houses a garden café with free beverages, an Internet cafe with free WiFi, and a meditation lounge with freedom to close your eyes without sleeping.
Artistically blocked painters can plow through an assortment of creative, lobe-stimulating stencils, stamps, and idea books before selecting a dream decorating vessel from more than 300 pottery pieces. All materials, including paint, brushes, and glazes, are included in the cost of a studio pass and vessel. The Pottery Shop's paints are water based and non-toxic, preventing messy mishaps or dirty looks that stained and splattered palms may inspire at rib-eating restaurants and hot-dog competitions. The shop will glaze and fire completed pieces for pick-up in five to seven days. All-day studio passes are $9 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under, and ceramic pieces average $5–$65, with most priced under $20. Multiple people can use the same Groupon toward studio passes and ceramic pieces, or you can hoard it all to yourself.
Melanie Bishop, Peace O' Cake's head baking buff, crafts delicious, custom-made confections for sugar seekers and their loving kin. Treat eaters may choose sugar or chocolate-chip dunking discs for their bouquets, which make ideal gifts for birthdays and recent accomplishments, or for rewarding one's self in front of envious onlookers.