From the wrap-around porch to the mahogany crown molding inside the Victorian building, Aura Salon has a homey feeling. Especially for owner Chris Nadjarian, who actually grew up in the very home that now houses his salon, according to a Patch.com article. These days, he shepherds a staff armed with gleaming scissors and hair dye as they mold manes into trendy styles.
Rochester Play was founded by three Rochester-area parents who recognized the need for a safe space for kids to be active and entertained. Movement and creativity are two things every kid needs, and so kinetic and cerebral acrobatics both play into this large indoor space. Its Northern Michigan?themed playground is full of tunnels, slides, bridges, and crawlspaces, all softly cushioned and kept clean enough to eat alphabet soup off of. In addition to the main play area, Rochester Play also features a smaller play area for toddlers. Visitors of all ages can relax and reenergize at the cafe, which specializes in nutritious food, featuring organic options, whole-fruit smoothies, and locally made breads and baked goods.
At Integral Life Center, chiropractor Dr. Lawrence Bell draws on his specialties in Sameta, Network Spinal Analysis, Somato Respiratory Integration, and a range of other healing techniques. In Sameta treatments designed by Dr. Bell, the practitioner makes subtle or direct spinal adjustments aimed at creating a sense of peace. Network Spinal Analysis sessions use light, directed touches designed to release healing waves and relieve spinal tensions.
On Rochester Municipal Park’s wide expanse of grass, figures crab-walk, perform squat-jumps on picnic tables, carry sandbags, and bunny-hop. It may sound like the most playful available version of a zombie apocalypse, but it's actually part of Urban Outdoor Workouts and its ever-changing boot camp. The workouts—designed to be fun and unintimidating—cycle through 10 major fitness factors, including agility, strength, and stamina. Boot campers zero in on those goals by performing everything from towing tractor tires behind them by a rope tied around their waists to sprinting in terror from Bigfoot through wooded trails. Instructors customize each session to individuals with beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness routines, allowing people to find exercises suited to their proclivities.
Kim Williams’s photography career sprang from necessity. As the former owner of a children’s event-planning company, Kim was charged with snapping shots of her tiny clientele, capturing candid smiles, gleeful laughter, and surreptitious paste eating. As her love affair with the camera blossomed, she found herself investing time and money into more advanced equipment and eventually opened The Village Paparazzi.
Whether on-location or in-studio, Kim is easy on direction, especially with children, letting her subjects express themselves however they wish while she documents the moment. Kim’s easygoing personality and expert manipulation of natural light yield a portfolio filled with natural-looking shots of kids, families, and couples.
Heritage Rug Outlet doesn't just sell rugs; they sell the world’s next generation of heirlooms. Their collection spans the spectrum of floor-covering possibilities, tempting homeowners with contemporary, traditional, and antique rugs from across the globe. Helpful staffers happily assist shoppers who need to match their rugs to a specific color swatch, ensuring they get the perfect rug for decorating a room or flying on with a princess. Completely devoted to customer service, staffers will also special order certain pieces, deliver them, or even bring them by to see how they fit in a room with no obligation to buy. Heritage recommends rug cleanings every four to five years, which they happily perform; their expert methods can be seen in the pristine preservation of a 100-year-old Iranian Persian rug that they keep onsite.