As the vibrant, swirling skirts of belly dancers entrance patrons' eyes, Skewers' chefs slice up lamb, filet mignon, chicken, and salmon for the restaurant’s namesake kebabs. To sate carnivorous cravings, their flavorful meats—which are marinated for 48 to 72 hours in tangy Mediterranean spices and oils—are roasted over the open flame of a stove or a snoring baby dragon. Bartenders craft potent martinis and pour international wines that complement both the punchy flavors of the kebabs and the plumes of sweet, aromatic smoke that dance through the hookah garden. On select nights, the kebab house brims with the catchy beats of live jazz bands, late-night DJs, and brave karaoke performers, and belly dancers take center stage with their sensuous dance moves on Saturday evenings.
Blond-hued brick walls serve as a minimalist backdrop inside Tomoko Shima’s eponymous hair salon and reverberate with the owner and stylist’s cutting-edge styling techniques. After studying cosmetology and makeup in Tokyo and Osaka for five years, Tomoko crossed the globe to establish salons in New York City. Each hair service harnesses products including Unite Eurotherapy, which eschews such hair-damaging ingredients as sulfates, parabens, and casting calls for bubblegum. The brimming shelves also parade hair color from Davines, and lemongrass shampoo unleashes the herb's complex citric bouquet. Along with traditional haircuts and coloring, Tomoko also calls upon the increasingly popular japanese straightening technique.
Creations Salon owner Lynnell Darby leads a staff of experienced stylists in cutting, coloring, and coiffing tresses with acclaimed salon products that include Paul Mitchell and Pureology. Clients kick back and savor a complimentary beverage as their hair basks in deep hydration alongside skin-flattering color or dimension-boosting highlights before the strand sculpting begins. Unlike the copycat styles and unyielding salad bowls used in a typical salon, Creations' stylists approach each head of tresses as a unique canvas, taking both fashion trends and individual face shape into account to forge a one-of-a-kind style.
Every spa treatment, class, and wellness consultation at Sweet Serenity aims to cultivate overall well-being, addressing both external and internal wellness. Facials and body treatments rely on an arsenal of organic, botanical-based, and seasonally produced products as they cleanse and hydrate the skin. Yoga and guided-meditation sessions, meanwhile, seek to bolster self-awareness, whereas therapeutic massages work to shoo away tension and spies masquerading as muscle knots with gentle and firm pressure.
Although Intersport Fitness Center houses a sprawling weight room, there's still space for exercisers who don't want to work out alone. The facility's staff schedules one-on-one personal-training sessions and weekly group-fitness classes, including cycling and aerobics. Topping things off are amenities such as saunas.