At G'nique's Spa Services, owner, aesthetician, and massage therapist Genique Freeman guides her team with the conviction that total wellness is achieved when each patient feels beautiful, relaxed, and cared for. Freeman's staff makes a point of opening communication lines with each client, welcoming both English and Spanish speakers and discovering their patients' treatment preferences and favorite Kevin Bacon films via a simple online health-history form. Organic and wild-harvested ingredients from product lines such as De La Terre ease health concerns, and skin-purifying treatments are frequently paired with massages to heighten the therapeutic effects of both. Calm lighting and soft music welcome clients to leave their workplace stresses at the door, and a no-walk-in policy ensures patient comfort by safeguarding against overcrowding or a sudden influx of encyclopedia salesmen. Also supporting the spa's philosophy that physical and psychological health go hand in hand, G'nique's encourages veterans and their families to take respite in pampering by offering military discounts on specialty services, such as massages and facials.
Smashburger isn't just the name?it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.
As a full-service car wash, gas station, and detailer, Tower keeps automobiles looking and feeling their best by employing environmentally friendly practices and the latest mud-loathing equipment. Treat cars to a relaxing sponge bath with a super wash, during which a team of savvy scrubbers hand washes vehicles from bug shield to bumper sticker. After a rinse, a clear-coat protectant is applied, followed by an anti-aging rust inhibitor to prevent crow's feet from forming around the headlights. The process can have a sullied sedan in and out in 20 minutes, cleaning it more thoroughly than a collision with a neighbor’s above-ground pool. As an eco-friendly washery, Tower collects used water and filters it for oil and chemicals before disposal.
The beauty technicians at Serenity Spa customize each facial to individual skin type, carefully analyzing recipients to determine the best course of action. Over the course of a 50-minute treatment, skin will be steamed, cleansed, toned and exfoliated until it's softly cooing baby lullabies. A mask built specifically for you in lock-and-key fashion will adorn your façade to facilitate hydration and nurture a healthy glow. After the dramatic reveal, a relaxing facial massage will transform sternly articulate muscles into a playfully bumbling network of contentment. If deemed necessary, a deep pore cleansing will unblock stubborn pores and extract dark magic with wizardly precision. The gentle skin in the peeper-zone gets special care with the included Puffy Eyes Be Gone treatment. A light cleansing and exfoliation followed by deliberate but careful massage softens dark circles and owl eyes.
Wake Snow & Moto swaddles wakeboarders, snowboarders, and motocross bikers in gear and accessories from brands such as RVCA, DC Shoes, and Nor Cal. Protect toes from frostbite and the pinches of resentful ski lifts with a sturdy pair of DC men’s Rogan snowboard boots ($85) or don DC women’s Fiona shoes ($50), vulcanized to keep skateboarders steady. Aquatic athletes can slide over waves on a 2008 Liquid Force Substance 134-centimeter wakeboard ($199), while the moisture-managing polyester panels of the 2011 One Industries Defcon race jersey ($49.95) help keep bikers dry when zooming across dirt tracks. Alternatively, a selection of casual apparel robes men and women for everyday activities, such as chasing down feral Bruce Willises on foot.