The hairstylists and aestheticians at Serendipity Salon & Spa dedicate themselves to making clients look and feel their best. They show this dedication with thorough consultations before they perform any haircut, color, or makeover services. That way, they can customize services to each client while learning about their deepest beauty desires.
Phyllynna Hurtubise?s nimble hands first got their training at the age of 16, when she suffered from constant headaches after a car accident. Phyllynna taught herself to alleviate her pain through self-massage, eventually honing this skill by practicing on her friends. Years later, a layoff gave her the opportunity to attend massage school, where she fell in love with healing people through the power of her touch.
While she enjoys relieving clients? stress, Phyllynna says her real passion is pain relief, since she knows what it feels like to have constant discomfort. To this end, she strives to eliminate pain at its source rather than masking it with medication. Within a private chamber furnished with earth tones and natural textiles, she works her clients' muscular structures, urging them to release stress and painful memories of jazzercise routines. A hot towel keeps feet warm and Lotus Touch lotions sweeten each stroke as she melds together techniques from varied modalities, depending on her client?s individual needs. Ever conscious of her clients' comfort, Phyllynna walks first-timers through the appointment before she begins and gives each guest a bottle of water afterward to help flush out toxins and extinguish any aromatherapy-candle contraband.
Wary of any one-size-fits-all prescriptions for increasing bodily well-being, Optimal Health?s owners, Adrian Butuc and Luminita Dobrea-Butuc, combine alternative medicine, spa treatments, fitness lessons, and gymnastics training to help clients transform into well-rounded?and healthier?individuals. Their medical massages help muscles recover from injury without the need for medication, and yoga and Pilates classes build muscle while improving balance. Adrian and Luminita believe that good health starts early?their preschool-gymnastics sessions help toddlers learn to tumble with grace under the tutelage of a former Romanian champion. The duo also understands that looking good is just as important as feeling good; in that vein, meticulous nail-grooming services keep fingers and toes looking good for sandal season or shadow-puppet productions of The Glass Menagerie.
Inside the bright, spacious salon, black leather chairs with bubbling foot basins line the walls facing a flat-screen TV while nail technicians pamper hands and feet with more than 15 different types of manicures and pedicures. According to the trained professionals at the spa, clients can have their feet treated to whirlpool action with a safe, NSF-certified PureFlo pipe-less jet. Massage therapists inject relaxation with custom kneads and an arsenal of aromatherapy scents, and private spa-party packages combine treatments with complimentary mixed drinks for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and secret Supreme Court justice outings.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Lavender sugar foot scrub. I start by wrapping your feet in warm towels and applying compression. Next, I exfoliate and freshen your feet with the lavender sugar scrub and wrap them in warm towels again. After removing the scrub, I lavish each foot with an incredible massage using reflexology techniques with a luxurious body butter.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
Warm, calming colors with neutral decorations. The bed is equipped with a table warmer. I also keep soft and warm blankets and play soft, relaxing music, along with a nature sound machine. I have LED candles and dimmed lighting.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I am a relaxation specialist. I give off a very comforting and soothing energy. My clients always feel safe and relaxed with me. I also specialize in neuromuscular neck treatments. This is a very popular treatment in which my clients achieve a dramatic relief from neck pain.
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Most popular service: Massage
Rich Hicks and Todd Istre are the masterminds behind many a national food concept—from Rich's southwestern taco at Tin Star to Todd's spicy seafood dishes at Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen. When the duo joined forces to create Mooyah, however, they cleared the tortillas and crawdads from their mind in order to focus on formulating a quintessential American burger.
Today, within scores of Mooyah locations throughout the nation, chefs bustle behind counters, grilling up burgers in accordance to Todd and Rich's formula. Cooks pile lean-beef, turkey, and veggie patties onto white or wheat buns before loading on cheeses and toppings of bacon, fried onion, and avocado. Meanwhile, freshly cut potatoes simmer in fryers, and blenders whirl with ice-cream shakes. Out in the dining room, tabletops and booths sit atop checkered floors beneath walls of chalkboards, where customers can write messages or draw portraits of what they wished they looked like, could they only grow a beard.