Knockouts Haircuts for Men amps up the classic barbershop experience with a lavish, sports-themed approach to men's styling that has been featured on Today and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. At a still-growing number of locations throughout the country, the company's all-female staff of stylists quarterbacks a full playbook of services ranging from bare-essential to spa-worthy. First and foremost, they clip shaggy locks, but they also administer facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. Complimentary beverages are included with every visit, giving patrons something to sip on while watching a sports game on TV or contemplating how they would fend off a lion using just a comb.
Claudia Salon & Spa relaxes and revamps every inch of the human body with a variety of pampering head-to-toe services. Vanquish visage villains with an array of facials that rejuvenate and freshen faces, like a spray of Pledge across a newly hewn wooden canoe. The 75-minute deep pore-cleansing facial ($85) ventures deep into the pits of derm despair to extract dirt, grime, and blemish behemoths. The 30-minute ionic footbath ($40) extracts from the opposite end, claiming to pull toxins and heavy metals from the body using positive charges and extended guitar solos. Treat toes to a deluxe pedicure complete with a mask and hot towels ($45), or betray finger preference with a deluxe manicure and paraffin treatment ($25).
A fountain bubbles in front of The Spa at Cibolo Canyon, an 11,000-square-foot, neoclassical temple dedicated to the pursuit of beauty and health. Corinthian columns decorate the arched entryway to a monumental marble lobby, whose pedimented passageways wind off into exercise facilities enlivened by HD cable channels and 12 private treatment rooms fitted with memory-foam beds. Clouds of vapor billow from the whirlpool and the congested dragon in the steam room.
Products from the FarmHouse Fresh skincare line nourish complexions with natural extracts of strawberries, honey, and agave nectar.
Master nail technician Aly Jimenez channels more than a decade of experience to beautify her clients' nails and treat their hands and feet to luxurious spa experiences. OPI products abound in the salon, although clients may also choose to have their nails adorned with China Glaze or CNS Shellac polish, the latter of which cures under a UV lamp and resists chipping for up to 14 days. Aly's services range from solar nails to spa mani-pedis complete with hot towels, scented scrubs, massages, and paraffin wax. As a specialist on pedicures for those with diabetes, she also proffers relief for condition-related foot pain or discomfort.
Aly practices her art far from her hometown of Havana, Cuba, which she left more than a decade ago to seek freedom and a better life for her family. As a result, she can communicate to clients in both English, Spanish, and the language of accomplishment, Elvish.
Inside Phenix Salon Suites, Anna specializes in the precise art of enhancing eyelashes. With a steady hand and an eye for perfection, she adheres extensions to individual lashes. The resulting look is lush and noticeable, yet still natural-looking.
Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.
Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it “one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,” and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."