Zack Frank has something in common with his father, besides his last name. They're both certified in rolfing—a massage technique that mitigates trauma in the connective tissues to align the body and ease tension. From a young age, Zach has been exposed to the therapeutic benefits of this treatment, and now he offers it in a 10-step process out of his own Rolfing By Zack massage practice.
At Chateau Belle, in a space designed to conjure the feel of a Parisian flea market, lash luminary Megan Alexandra uses organic products and NovaLash and Shavasana extensions to pamper peepers and dress them with luxurious fringe. Patrons select lashes to suit their own orbs from frill in an array of lengths and thicknesses, which Alexandra carefully applies over 60–90 minutes, and organic, anti-wrinkle gel pads soothe the eye area more than a staring contest with a bubble bath. Floral-mist essences delight with gentle haikus to nostrils and refresh with healing particles as guests acquire flare extensions for coquettish eye-batting or full extensions that enable train-stopping winks. Except for the glue, the salon uses entirely organic products, and lashes last for approximately three weeks, after which fills are recommended.
Technicians, artists, and aestheticians at Cloud 9 Treatments lavish individual attention on everyone they beautify. They use special airbrushes to gild skin with custom spray tans. They apply facial treatments to restore hydration and brightness while banishing acne and dead skin, and waxing technicians leave bodies smooth. The staff can also lengthen locks with all natural human-hair extensions.
The nautically-themed 19 Blue Salon and Spa soothes and beautifies visitors using organic, handmade products. Clients opting for the 90-minute mermaid organic facial will enjoy a deep-cleaning mask of botanicals, flower essences, and gem elixirs. A detoxifying sea-salt back scrub cracks down on impurities like waves on a clam, eventually yielding the purity of a pearl, while an invigorating massage frees up stiff torsos. The salon's skilled aesthetician also helps clients kick-start their inner health, bestowing dietary guidance and health supplements.
The subterranean chefs at The Abbey Underground sate hungry stomachs with a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and traditional British and Irish dishes. Unleash inner anglers on the fisherman’s stew ($5.99/bowl), an ichthyological gathering of haddock, clams, and blue mussels hot tubbing with fresh herbs and tomatoes. Culinary spelunkers partaking in the Abbey cottage pie ($9.99) tunnel through a thick layer of cheddar mashed potatoes to find a trove of rib eye, beef gravy, and veggies, and teeth invading mounds of fish ‘n' chips ($12.99/full order) encounter luscious pieces of haddock that are hand-battered before being paired with golden fried taters due to compatible online-dating profiles. Sugar-laced epilogues bring mouths to a close around desserts such as bananas foster ice-cream pie ($5.99), a slab of graham cracker crust, caramel, and toffee adorned with frosty fairy rings of creamy banana ice cream.
Shine Blow Dry Bar offers upscale blow-dry services to residents of Santa Barbara and beyond. During treatments, a team of expert stylists wash hair with fragrant and hydrating shampoos as guests sip champagne or nibble gourmet cupcakes. After relaxing scalp massages, the stylists break out the blow-dryers, fluffing and curling hair into red-carpet-ready ‘dos that are perfect for special occasions or memorable nights out. Shine currently operates two locations, both sporting a classic, feminine vibe with cream-colored walls, sparkling chandeliers, and ornate mirrors that reflect each guest's elaborate princess gown.