Known for their successful takeover of Hudson Bay Café, I Squared proprietors Sadri Madjlessi and Tanya Anderson partner with executive chef Nory Madjlessi to combine traditional Iranian and Italian fare into one bold menu. Chef Nory honed his Italian culinary skills under Giovanni LoCoco at LoCoco's and absorbed knowledge of traditional Iranian recipes and cooking techniques from his mother. Rather than attempting traditional fusion fare, Chef Nory aims to stay true to the flavors of both countries, filling I Squared's ever-changing menu with Iranian staples such as fesenjoon—a stew of chicken, walnuts, and saffron served over basmati rice—as well as Italian classics, such as eggplant parmigiana. Using local and sustainable ingredients when possible, Chef Nory preps his signature lamb-stuffed cabbage wraps as patrons peek in the open kitchen from their places at minimalist butcher-block-topped tables. A stainless-steel-topped bar holds a beginner's alchemy kit and the makings of specialty and dessert cocktails along with extensive wine and beer offerings.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
At Piedmont Dental by Design, Dr. Jill Martenson whitens teeth up to eight shades with stain-eradicating gel and a Zoom! light. In the in-office treatment, pearly-whitening gel brightens the outlook of noir-influenced teeth in three 15-minute sessions under a Zoom! light, breaking up stains and discoloration even after they've exchanged promise rings. As patients' teeth doff tar-stained leather jackets and don new white coats, muscles are massaged as necks rest on a pillow. Provided take-home trays and additional whitening and desensitizing gels can touch up the winning smiles of the skeletons spilling out of your house's closets.
If the air seems a little cleaner at Phoenix Rising Salon & Day Spa, it's not just your imagination. The fresh-oxygen-exchange system is just one of the amenities that make this space feel more welcoming that usual; others include fresh flowers and young bamboo trees at the door, vines snaking up the walls, and coral walls setting a serene mood.
Hairstylist Kayla takes advantage of the atmosphere to breathe new life into her clients' looks. She offers haircuts, coloring, and styling treatments while her colleagues administer nourishing facials and dole out massages for tense muscles and cranky funny bones. The staff uses products from Redken, Pureology, and Pevonia Skin Care during treatments, all of which are available for purchase.
Phoenix Rising Salon & Day Spa's stylists and aestheticians strive to create a soothing and welcoming place for their clients to have their beauty needs attended to. They welcome visitors with warm coral walls and flower-dotted decor, and offer services that cover the entire body. Skin services include an acne-fighting facial and relaxation comes in the form of a 75-minute hot-stone massage. Meanwhile, classic treatments range from hair-coloring services to pampering mani-pedis.
Kim Hastings is hair's worst enemy. The waxing specialist spends her days at the upscale Phoenix Rising Salon removing unwanted hair from clients’ bodies. She quickly eliminates hair across the body, from fuzz on upper lips to unwanted hair around bikini areas to fur on backs, which puts an end to being mistaken for Uncle Joe's toupee when prepping for family outings.