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.
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.
They call themselves "the Moxie Twins," and Jen and Jamie's combination of beauty, confidence, and expertise make it easy to see why they rocketed to national attention as the stylists in residence on VH1's Why Am I Still Single?!. On the show, the identical duo would team up to perform five-minute whirlwind makeovers that proved to be the best way to look amazing quickly, apart from getting shot with a glitter cannon.
Now that they've moved on from their televised career, they're focusing on their multiple style sanctuaries. At their Moxie Blow Dry Bars, teams of expert stylists, colorists, and makeup artists perform their own makeovers that transform men and women from all walks of life.
No one can doubt the professionalism of the stylists at Lisa Thomas Salon. Many have trained with prominent companies such as 5th Avenue and Redken, and the products they use during their hair-color and straightening services bear equally recognizable brand names?Matrix, Crew, and, again, Redken. But the stylists still know how to have fun. The atmosphere at the salon is so free and lively that it's become a place where people throw children's birthday parties. During these hair-and-makeup bashes, the staffers treat the girls like royalty, right down to providing a crown for the birthday girl to wear and resisting the girls' efforts to impose a tea tax on Americans.