What began as a traditional German konditorei nearly 80 years ago has transformed a lot—by changing its name, adding an espresso machine, and hiring French Culinary Institute grad Cristina Nastasi as pastry chef—but when it comes to the essentials, not much has changed. Rudy's Bakery & Cafe still packs its gleaming display cases with cookies, danishes, cupcakes, and cakes, the latter of which can also be customized for weddings, birthdays, and baby showers for mothers or rain clouds that are expecting. But the spot also features more novel treats, such as gelato and cake pops, along with a range of specialty espresso drinks.
Cocktail glasses clink as stylists Jennifer Turrin and her husband Antoine work. These Thursday salon happy hours represent the jovial vibe that the couple curates in Antoine’s Salon. The hospitality continues when the stylists accompany their men’s, women’s, and children’s hairstyling services with extras including robes, snacks, beverages, and all the oxygen you can breathe, within reason. The stylists also provide styling tips so that clients can maintain their results at home.
Owner Armen Sargsyan leads a team of licensed beauty professionals who transform tresses with cuts, conditioning treatments, and coloring services. The salon follows the belief that no "one look fits all," and they work with clients to consider their hair texture, bone structure, and career when creating new looks. The stylists can also enhance features below the bangs with makeup applications and eyelash-tinting treatments.
Many twins grow up sharing similar interests: they might listen to the same music, favor the same foods, or blink at exactly the same time. Jamie and Jenn love to cut and style hair. In high school, they trained together under the Paul Mitchell curriculum, and then launched their careers immediately after graduation?testing their skills in the salons of Los Angeles and New York. Today, they still work together as the notoriously lively co-owners of Moxie Blow Dry Bar. Both are certified in La Bella hair and eyelash extensions. Jenn is a Wella-certified colorist, while Jamie is a recognized Motives makeup foundation specialist. Together, they lead a team of experienced stylists and colorists.
Surrounded by cream-colored interiors accented with earth-toned furniture and wood-framed mirrors, stylists trim hair with custom cuts and transform heads into sassy sculptures with Marilyn Monroe?style curlers or Statue of Liberty?style bronze crowns. For many of these services, they use the salon's house brand of moisturizing and conditioning haircare products. And yet Moxie Blow Dry Bar's aestheticians don't limit their services to hair: they also bronze clients' skin with organic airbrush tanning and perform custom makeup applications using Motives products.
A customer reclines in an old-fashioned leather and wooden barber chair with his feet propped up on a plush pedestal as owner Adam Ramos indulges his face with a straight-razor shave. It's a vocation Adam has learned to appreciate after being raised by a long line of barbers and stylists. After partnering with one of his scissors-handed mentors, Connie, the two set up a shop to replicate the sophistication and gentility of early 20th-century barbershops.
Dark, hardwood floors, an old metal cash register, and large wood cabinets fill the retro-chic space with a sense of nostalgia. The shop strives to combine old-world charm with modern techniques and services. At the end of the day, Virile Barber & Shop is a comfortable place where men can get a haircut, shave, or manicure among the rich scents of wood and leather-bound mustaches.
Panico Salon & Spa was named the best salon in New Jersey by Beauty Entertainment magazine, but the award-winning team's services go well beyond hairstyling. Massage services include Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone modalities, and other treatments include fruit-scented body scrubs and a wide range of healing facials and skincare. The salon prides itself in being an education based teaching salon. It provides continuous education to its staff via a variety of resources such as an intern training academy as well as an educator development program.