The palm tree-lined campus at Sunstate Academy betrays its function by appearing on the surface to be an upscale salon. Yet, instead of performing the services themselves, the professionals inside are teaching and observing students as they put into practice their knowledge of cosmetology at the school's Salon Solaris. At pristine styling and wash stations, they cut, relax, color, perm, and condition hair. With the diversity of student interest comes diversity of services, and patrons might be pleasantly surprised to find dreadlocks, candy curls, finger waves, and elephant ears on the menu. The apprentices also dabble in nail and spa services, performing mani-pedis, and facials.
Up to six family members are covered by the membership, and each person can save as much as $30 on fine-art classes, attend gallery openings for free, exhibit their own art in an annual members' show, and receive a permit to use the word "mimesis." Each trip to the center is potentially different, as the exhibitions rotate constantly. The current exhibition, Wondrous, runs through December 23, and showcases an assortment of handcrafted bobbles and an immersive holiday setting. After perusing artful works, bust out the $10 certificate and head to the café for consumable masterpieces, or visit the gift shop to pick up a keepsake to commemorate the visit.
Mac's Industrial Sports Bar's kitchen wizards conjure up hearty pub grub for dinner and lunch while tap masters top off chalices with bottled brews and 27 draft beers hailing from suds factories all over the country, including the local delights of Lift Bridge and Schell's. Bolster mastication muscles without chewing on a ThighMaster by ordering one of the amply stuffed sandwiches, such as the brisket-style reuben on grilled marble rye ($9.50) or the BLAT ($9.50), which adds avocado slices to the infamous BLT lineup. Diners can add custom flare to grilled handheld eats, including burgers, with a choice of more than 20 extra toppings, such as onion rings ($1), a fried egg ($1.50), and an array of cheeses ($0.75–$1). The build-your-own pizza ($9) allows patrons to create a personalized amalgamation of meats ($1/topping) and vegetables ($0.50/topping) for a culinary construction more inviting to the tongue than a statue of Millard Fillmore sculpted from a block of Fun Dip. For earlier eats, servers unveil a variety of appetizing mouth merriments, such as a buffalo-chicken salad ($6.50) and the corn-dog snacker ($7), which consists of six mini corn dogs, french fries, and mustard sauce.
Westchase Spa's doctors have performed scores of laser procedures and cosmetic injections. Their different laser tools can remove signs of aging on faces as well as unwanted hair, nail fungus, tattoos, fat deposits, and varicose veins.