A two-fold enterprise, La Dolce Vita Day Spa and Fashion Lounge combines a spa and art studio. Staff members lead spa goers from the waiting area's cushy seats to pedicure chairs, which roll and vibrate across knotted backs. In private treatment rooms, the spa's massage therapists show the chairs who’s boss with their arsenal of deep-tissue techniques, relaxing hot stones, and opposable thumbs. Aestheticians brighten complexions with European facials fortified by PCA Skin products, wax away unwanted fuzz, and enhance lash volume and length with extensions by Xtreme Lashes.
La Dolce Vita also makes an ideal gathering spot with its Bubbles N Brushes paint parties, where instructors guide novice artists through the steps of creating masterpieces.
Randy and Yvette Maldonado, the owners of Fajita Junction, know the difference that high-quality ingredients make to any recipe. “Our meat is Angus beef that is fresh and never frozen, using the inside skirt of the meat with choice or better cuts,” Randy told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “The meat is well trimmed so it has little fat before we put it on our mesquite grill.”
Angus beef fajitas are just one of the spot's popular, made-from-scratch dishes. The chefs also make fresh tortillas for tacos filled with chicken, sausage, or mollejas, as well as rice with Mexican spices and a chicken-stock base instead of the traditional tomato. The ambiance of Fajita Junction is a draw, too: high ceilings, wood floors, and flat-screen televisions entrance eyeballs with images of sports games and football players enacting soap operas on the sidelines.
As her shop’s name indicates, Michelle of Michelle’s Aesthetics knows a thing or three about beauty. She’s spent a decade in the field of aesthetics, including a stint studying under the tutelage of a plastic surgeon. So when she personalizes a plan of action against superficial imperfections, it packs a professional-grade punch. From European facials that attack specific blemishes to microdermabrasion sessions that erase wrinkles and spots while buffing away dead skin, her facial and waxing services conquer the beauty missions of all sorts of skin types.
As the company's mantra states, the staff of Physicians Medi-Spa aim to help clients reverse the various processes that wreak havoc on the skin and body. Under supervision from the doctors that own the spa, aesthetic technicians use an arsenal of elōs lasers and radio-frequency technology to unburden skin of signs of age, unwanted tattoos, and excess hair. Customers can avoid the invasive nature and downtime of plastic surgery with CoolSculpting treatments that target fat deposits, or Ultherapy ultrasound sessions that tighten facial skin loosened from years of playing checkers against high-powered fans.
Though the artisans at Highbrow Eyebrow & Facial Spa specialize in the ancient Eastern arts of threading and henna, the salon features a full range of modern spa services to tend to clients’ every aesthetic need. Technicians efficiently remove hair from both faces and bodies using a choice of warm wax or deftly looped cotton thread, depending on the desired precision and whether the area also needs to be hemmed. Intricate henna applications help patrons show off their newly smooth skin, while refining facials and enzyme peels restore youthful élan to mugs suffering from dullness or uneven texture.
Journeyz Spa is a one-woman shop run by Karen Lain, a licensed aesthetician and makeup expert. In addition to offering facials that address everything from acne to aging, she also performs free skin consultations. During these one-on-ones, she advises her clients on the most suitable products to use for their skin types and answers any questions they may have about specific facial conditions such as rosacea or Kool-Aid mustache. Her waxing treatments banish hair from both men’s and women’s bodies, and her makeup lessons teach novices how to apply foundations, blushes, and liners.