Licensed skincare expert Lisa Demarco uses top-of-the-line products to reveal healthier skin, earning Beauty & Beyond a win in BestOfSurveys.com's Best Facial/Skin Care category in 2011. She employs marine-based Thalgo products in advanced treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments as well as facials, during which a steam machine quickly and gently opens pores or a neighbor's coupon mailouts. Demarco also specializes in makeup artistry, highlighting visages with Jane Iredale mineral makeup.
Cindy Bernstein of Reading-North Reading Patch noted that Beauty & Beyond is a destination for moms' nights out with mini facials, refreshments, and time to socialize. Bernstein referred to the spa outings as a "blissful journey."
Honey-hued drapes span wall-to-wall windows. Polished silverware glimmers in the glow from dangling strings of lights and tiny wall sconces. Ristorante Pavarotti's Italian-born owner, Massimo, knows that little touches like this make a huge difference, whether you’re decorating a restaurant to create romantic ambiance or crafting authentic Italian cuisine. White tablecloths warm beneath veal and fresh seafood in red- and white-wine reductions, and other traditional dishes on the menu ramp up with gourmet ingredients such as artichokes, truffle oil, and pecorino cheese. Between bites of homemade fusilli or lobster and crab ravioli, guests can ask a server to suggest a bottle of wine to transport their senses to Italy, or a genie in a bottle to transport their physical bodies there.
Trapeze School New York’s expansion west meant Angelenos no longer had to cross the country to join the circus. At their outdoor studio on the Santa Monica Pier, highly trained instructors teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced maneuvers during classes on the flying trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, trampoline, and Spanish web. All of Trapeze School New York’s countrywide facilities in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, and LA hold themselves to high safety standards that account for everything from equipment to instructors and safety belts. In an effort to bring their flying-trapeze instruction to surrounding communities regardless of funding, the school also gives lessons through their nonprofit branch of operations.
At Reading Athletic Club, firm yet friendly trainers and modern equipment from brands such as Nautilus whip exercisers into shape. Personal trainers stage workouts in the cardio deck and weight area, packed with weight machines, treadmills, elliptical machines, and other mechanisms that foster fitness. Ladies break a sweat in the women's only section while youngsters play with babysitters. During fitness classes, instructors help boost their students’ endurance via high-energy boot camps that tighten all areas of the body or the flowing poses of yoga. After workouts, students can unwind under the soothing strokes of the center's massage therapist.
Under the medical direction of a board-certified dermatologist, certified laser technician and licensed electrologist Nancy Ramsdell helps patients revamp their skin surfaces at New Image Laser Hair Removal. She's been practicing electrolysis since electricity was discovered in 1984 and confidently stages microdermabrasion and Pelleve skin tightening treatments as well. During laser hair-removal sessions, she uses a Candela GentleLase laser to rid skin of excess hair with noninvasive beams.