It’s easy to feel pretty in a space as gorgeous as Ide Mania’s. This luxe salon compliments its beautifying patrons with an earth tone color scheme accented with shades of lime, lemon and wood, while giving off a big city vibe that’s backed up with views of high-rise offices through expansive windows. The fashionable but friendly staff is skilled with dramatic up-dos, highlights or lowlights, dimensional coloring and specialties like a tourmaline charged radiance facial. Regulars like the salon for the basics, such as trims, blowouts or underarm waxing, but also for the full treatments, including wedding make-up applications. Special occasion sessions at Ide Mania are made all the more unique thanks to its beautiful location, exemplary space and top-notch service.
Step beneath the domed, packed-mud ceiling of a traditional Navajo family dwelling. Weave a Yavapi burden basket. Explore a secluded garden filled with bronze sculptures of women in prayer. By immersing visitors in Native American artifacts and artworks, the Heard Museum's exhibits strive to illuminate the cultural legacy of Arizona’s indigenous peoples. The collections emphasize first-person accounts of Native cultures, not only through artwork, but also in interviews with Native Americans, portraits by Navajo photographers, and monthly lectures. In addition to showcasing historical artifacts, the Heard Museum exhibits contemporary American Indian artwork. Like a ballerina trapped on a carousel, exhibits rotate often, and have included collections of Native American bolo ties, Hopi pottery, and 20th-century paintings depicting Native ceremony. Passing on cultural traditions to future generations, the staff educates children with tours, and brings Native American presentations and curricula to area schools.
Chicago, that beacon of hearty food, big beers, and warm, no-frills friendliness, is much closer than Phoenix residents might realize. It's right on Central Avenue, inhabiting a restaurant and lounge called Seay's. At once dapper and approachable, Seay's pairs a neat and sophisticated dress code with a menu of hot dogs and Polish sausages. In addition to these Midwest favorites, the menu incorporates bites from the South such as catfish nuggets, wings, and waffles seared with country lyrics.
The fare may inspire some finger-licking and bib-wringing, but the environment trends toward the upscale. On the ground level is The Savoy, and it's Seay's lounge. Here, patrons float atop a smooth wave of soft R&B and hip-hop. On the second level is a barbershop and upstairs is the Juke Joint, a nightclub where dance-friendly pop and alternative hip-hop course through the air.
Eden GardenHouse's attentive staff curates the feel of an outdoor garden by bringing pottery, trellises, and terra cotta accents together as a backdrop for the home-accents shop. The assortment of house- and condo-beautifying products includes lamps, candles, finials, and pictures. Clients can choose items for themselves or bring an Eden consultant into their home to help them decorate unadorned sitting rooms or floating houseboats stripped of décor by thieving seagulls. A children’s garden room nestles inside Eden, where the branches of a tree mural hang over a play area full of garden-inspired toys such as rakes, watering cans, and riding lawnmowers. The space also plays host to children’s workshops where they work with parents to complete a garden art project.
The ancient practice of yoga. The hustle and bustle of city life. While these two may not seem to have anything in common, they are, in fact, intricately entwined at Urban Yoga. The serene center operates in the midst of hectic Phoenix, creating a respite for harried citizens in need of mediation, deep stretching, and quiet time. The space pulsates with a different kind of buzz than the urban setting embodies, connecting practitioners to their inner selves through a variety of classes. Sessions include vinyasa flow and prenatal yoga, which teaches the downward dog to developing fetuses. The center also pays homage to nature with earth-friendly building materials and recycled products.
Before each Your Art Party event, the studio's coordinator creates an environment that's conducive to creativity; she sets out canvases, paints, and brushes for participants, and switches on the music. As groups arrive, they can sip wine and and beer, storing their beverages in the studio's cooler if desired. Then, the party host guides them through the step-by-step creation of their own works of art.