Two things helped New Concepts Med Spa to earn the title of CityVoter’s 2012 Best Medical Spa: technological prowess and a peaceful spa atmosphere. The spa's status as a state-of-the-art beauty center is unquestionable, since its equipment includes everything from a medical-grade microdermabrasion machine to a laser skin-rejuvenation system. But the surprising thing is how homey the clinic is. At this new location, visitors enter to see decorative lamps and throw pillows napping on upholstered chairs. Once outfitted in a downy robe, guests can make their way to private treatment rooms complete with sheer curtains and a deep-purple-and-blue color scheme. It's here that spa professionals assuage muscles with massages or revitalize complexions with facials as soothing music plays and firecrackers don't go off.
The "Antique City" Fun Fair is a classic-goods emporium that treats timeless-treasure enthusiasts to myriad antique accouterments and collectors' items at more than 500 vendors. Waltz down aisles packed with history-tinged gear, perusing spaces laden with toy trains, preserved comic strips, jewelry, fine art, and more while conversing with storied vendors and their clairvoyant 1930s-era teddy bears. The two-day extravaganza bedazzles ocular sockets with a dizzying array of goodies, entertaining memorabilia fans for hours before angling them toward a well-deserved nap inside an 1867 rolltop desk. The show poses as an ideal opportunity to snag inimitable pieces of nostalgia, such as clocks and jukeboxes churning out old-timey ditties, for sprucing up living rooms or hovercraft garages.
The Potomac Bead Company nurtures gemstone devotees in an environment geared toward creative inspiration. Trained instructors offer a schedule of classes with options appropriate for neophytes as well as more advanced artists. Basic Beading 101 offers an entry into the world of necklace-and-bead stringing, and the Intro to Wire Working class imbues the brain's creative centers with skills in link, coil, and clasp making. Intermediate metal manipulators can combine wire and beads to improve hand-eye coordination with a wire ring. Make utilitarian wristwatches jealous with a glittering diagonal stitch Swarovski bracelet. Other options include seed beading, wire weaving, and hemp-jewelry seminars. Children's beading classes for ages 7–13 offer a sense of creative accomplishment to youngsters who can't yet craft life-size sculptures of muscular Greek children.