At Pho Bar, chefs master the spicy, savory flavors of the Vietnamese soup called pho with an authentic touch. The menu boasts large bowls of pho with filet mignon, beef meatballs, chicken, and more. Each bowl is served with bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, sliced jalapeño, and lime on the side, so guests can customize the steamy entree. Alongside the genuine Vietnamese tastes of pho are plates of grilled meats, rice-paper-wrapped spring rolls, tofu and veggie soups, and banh mi, a Vietnamese–style sandwich served on a flaky 12-inch french baguette with fresh cilantro, cucumber, and carrots. To complement each dish, the restaurant serves beer and wine.:m]]At Pho Bar, chefs master the spicy, savory flavors of the Vietnamese soup called pho with an authentic touch. The menu boasts large bowls of pho with filet mignon, beef meatballs, chicken, and more. Each bowl is served with bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, sliced jalapeño, and lime on the side, so guests can customize the steamy entree. Alongside the genuine Vietnamese tastes of pho are plates of grilled meats, rice-paper-wrapped spring rolls, tofu and veggie soups, and banh mi, a Vietnamese–style sandwich served on a flaky 12-inch french baguette with fresh cilantro, cucumber, and carrots. To complement each dish, the restaurant serves beer and wine.
The massage therapists at Urban Escape Massage & Bodywork mollify aches as they knead bodies with all-natural oils and lotions. They pay rapt attention to the body as they massage it, performing various massage modalities with plant-based wellness products such as the signature herbal muscle cream. Aside from classic massages, they offer cupping and ear candling. During a cupping massage, a therapist adheres a suction device to the skin to create a vacuum effect that increases circulation, draws out toxins, and scares house pets.
Urban Escape doesn't stop at massage, however?they feature an extensive menu of skincare services as well. Licensed aestheticians call on the clinical formulas of Skin Script RX to fully customize each facial to their clients' individual skin type. Six fruit-based facials target distinct issues such as excess oil, rosacea, and aging, whereas natural enzymes help dissolve dull, discolored skin cells during one of five peels. The skin experts also offer a variety of face and body waxing.
At Naked Tan, obtaining glowing bronze skin is a comfortable experience no matter which method clients use to do so. If they choose to tan in one of the salon's five levels of tanning beds, they'll be treated to such comforts as misting jets of water to stay cool, built-in headphone jacks for entertainment, and special facial and shoulder tanning lamps to speed up the tanning process. And if they instead decide on a sunless tan, they enjoy privacy inside a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa booth, both of which feature automatic drying so clients don't feel sticky after the application. Often clients combine the two approaches into a "double dip" package?a bed tanning session immediately followed by a spray tan. The two-pronged approach particularly appeals to people who need to develop a tan quickly before a special event, such as a wedding or a big speech where they tell off those nitwits at the Nobel Committee once and for all.
Callas Beauty Institute grooms future aestheticians, nail technicians, make-up artists, and cosmetologists with hands-on classes led by seasoned stylists. To practice new techniques and give mannequin hair time to regrow, hair-academy students snip and style guests? locks, transforming 'dos into newly colored coifs or delicately permed curls. The skincare academy?s practitioners pamper faces with noninvasive beautifying treatments, sloughing away unwanted skin during a microdermabrasion or enhancing giraffe costumes with bat-able eyelash extensions. A knowledgeable student at the nail academy buffs and trims cuticles before coating nail beds in brilliant hues and turtle-shell-like duvets. The salon?s interior showcases hardwood flooring, elegant rugs, sky-blue hues, and tall windows in the front that permit scores of natural light during the day.
Though they lead classes for toddlers, children, and teenagers only, the staff at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics holds their facilities to Olympic standards. Inside the 15,000 square-foot studio, 22 experienced instructors guide boys and girls ages 6–15 toward mastery of an in-ground trampoline, two vault runways, six high and low beams, and a full-size spring tumble track. In a preschool area, they help toddlers explore child-sized bars, rings, and beams while pausing for interviews with toddler sports reporters.
From behind a lobby's floor-to-ceiling glass windows or on a mezzanine level, parents can watch as their offspring join in competitive and recreational classes, holiday camps, and summer camps. They can also join in during parent-tot gymnastics classes.
Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama, Jay Leno, Tony Bennett—renowned shutterbug Kim Jew has aimed his lens at them all. His photographs of celebrities and prominent politicians have landed on the pages of high-profile publications including Harper's Bazaar and GQ over a career that has spanned more than three decades. Today, he helms three studios, where a staff of shutterbugs snaps images in styles ranging from composite and fine art to editorial high fashion. The studios specialize in portraiture, documenting graduating seniors wearing caps and gowns, toddlers wearing cupcake crumbs, and families showing off the matching dimples they got from a great aunt's insistent cheek pinching.