Constructed on the site of an abandoned gas station, The Urban Gardener flourishes year-round with inflorescence and an expansive selection items for gardens, porches, and patios. A sprawling oasis of annuals ($17/flat, $4–$8 for small pots), bamboo (starting at $30), shrubs (starting at $10), trees (starting at $50), and more than 300 types of perennials ($3–$30) cascade throughout the shop, providing the ideal environment for garden cultivation and ghillie-suit testing.
The apparel experts at Prologue Services clean, freshen, and maintain wardrobes with their professional dry-cleaning and garment-preservation talents. Garment specialists gently clean hardworking wedding gowns that have been put through the Electric Slide wringer to prepare them for a well-deserved rest. Gowns are then delicately placed inside specialty storage bags, which protect their delicate fabrics from ravages of dust, grime, and catty bridesmaids’ dresses. Remaining sullied wardrobe items get a refreshing thanks to professional-grade products, with which cleaners carefully scrub away spots and freshen fabrics to sharpen standard shirts ($4.50), skirts ($4.50+), and two-piece suits ($10). This offer may only be used on a single visit, and prices may vary slightly by location.
Thanks to hair relaxers, you can walk into a salon curly and leave straight. Zoom in on the chemistry of your curls with Groupon?s introduction.
Human hair is flexible enough to run wild as a mountain stream one day and fall as straight as water over the Hoover Dam the next. But to make lasting changes to its texture, you need to go beyond the reach of styling tools down to the chemical level. All hair is made of keratin, a hard protein that?s also central to our skin, nails, and exoskeletons. To form a single hair, keratin molecules link together in different patterns with the help of three types of chemical bonds: hydrogen bonds and salt bonds, both of which break easily in water and reform when dry, and disulphide bonds, which can only be broken by certain chemicals. In straight hair, the disulphide bonds are evenly aligned. In curly hair, however, the bonds occur irregularly and at odd angles, causing the hair to twist and kink on its way down.
When you style your hair with heat or water alone, you break the weaker hydrogen and salt bonds to allow your do to take a new shape. Once water touches your hair, however, the bonds reform in their customary way, and you?re back where you started. Chemical relaxers, therefore, work by dissolving the hair's tough, waterproof disulphide bonds and preventing them from reforming in their normal pattern.
The most powerful hair relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as lye. Given lye?s presence in drain openers and oven cleaners, you might guess that it can be quite harsh on human skin, which is why no-lye relaxers made from guanidine hydroxide are also common. There is a trade-off, however: some find that lye relaxers are harder on the scalp but gentler on hair, and work more quickly so that you can get back to staring at your hair in the mirror sooner. An experienced stylist can recommend the best method for your hair.
Chef Dan Bartow, along with his wife, mother-in-law, and other skilled cooks, know how to keep people coming to their restaurant, Legends of the North Shore. Their delicious Italian cooking attracts locals as well as patrons from all over the tri-state area. If you plan to stop by as well, know that they are open from 11AM to 8PM Monday, 11AM to 9PM Tuesday – Thursday, 11AM to 930PM Friday, and 4PM to 930PM Saturday. Legends isn’t cheap, but to their credit they do offset their prices by allowing customers to bring their own beer, so you won’t be gouged on alcohol like at most restaurants. Instead of depending on drinks to turn a profit, Chef Bartow and company have stayed in business for over a decade by the merit of their food alone.
No matter your experience level, a creative project awaits at Little House Big Art. Guests have their choice of paint-your-own-pottery or make-a-button sessions, as well as shrink-art and melty-bead projects, wherein artists mold bright plastic into jewelry, magnets, and other tchotchkes. Laid-back classes provide materials and instruction to help students create their own one-of-a-kind keepsakes.