As recounted in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch, it was a hot day in July when JoAnn Buday's daughter ran into the house, breathlessly gushing about a newly discovered frozen treat called a "sno-ball." JoAnn was intrigued. She spent the day on the computer, her face illuminated in the glow of hundreds of shining reviews of sno-ball shops in New Orleans, where the dish originated. JoAnn had often dreamt of opening a frozen treat shop that would stand out among all the other yogurt and ice cream joints in southern California. Now, at last, she had a plan.
Today, JoAnn captains her own shop, whipping up the frosty snacks lauded by reporters from The Orange County Register. Beneath shelves of colorful syrups, JoAnn and her staff top fluffy shaved ice with more than 30 different types of syrups—including root beer, wine cooler, and coconut. They blend flavors and add layers of creamy ice cream to create imaginative combinations such as peach cobbler and caramel apple pop. Guests snack on frozen treats, hot dogs, and fresh baked goods on the tabletops that speckle the seating area. A colorful mural sweeps across the wall, depicting typical scenes from famous cities around the world, including diners lingering at a cafe in Paris and employed citizens paying their U.S. federal taxes in Seattle.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
Just walking distance from the Long Beach Convention Center lies a 2,000-square-foot oasis and two-time MyFoxLA Hot List winner. The historic downtown building houses four separate treatment rooms where aestheticians and massage therapists perform a variety of facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, and manicures. Their menu of international therapies borrows seaweed mud and traditions from France, Italy, India, and the Middle East, and their medical facials are performed under the direction of a board-certified dermatologist. In addition to individual clients who arrive solo for a day of pampering, La Dolce Vita invites groups celebrating birthdays, wedding days, and spa-appreciation days.
Dr. Marcel Daniels keeps his practice on track by creating a priority list of treatment that acknowledges the importance of listening to patients and helping them choose their best option. As the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Long Beach Memorial Center, Dr. Daniels can solve any number of aesthetic concerns with quality surgical care and the help of a skilled staff. The team helps boost patients' self confidence with breast reduction, facelifts, tummy tucks, and other services. In addition, a roster of spa services present noninvasive options such as photofacials, laser hair removal, and laser eye creation.
Owner Yvonne Tuchscher opened Resplendent Day Spa as an oasis amid the stressors and clamor of everyday life. Armed with a staff of aestheticians and body therapists, Yvonne offers men and women a full menu of massage and skincare services with a focus on holistic well-being. Facials and waxing leave flesh silky smooth, while reflexology, reiki, and energy work polish chrome chakras to a high gleam. Yvonne also practices the Arvigo techniques of Maya abdominal therapy, a course of treatment that addresses male and female pelvic issues with noninvasive massage.
Personally trained by the owner, the experienced staff at Ketna’s Beauty & Threading preens and prettifies clients with an array of hair services. Threading employs a twisted piece of cotton to grasp and pluck strands from the skin all the way down to the root and follicle bomb shelter, creating a tidy, clean-cut hairline. Lasting 5–15 minutes per service and resulting in up to four weeks of hairlessness, threading ranges from eyebrow shaping ($7.99) and upper-lip hair removal ($5) to whisker extraction from the chin ($5+) and the neck ($5+).