The flavorful flurry of homemade baked goods at Sweet Tooth Delivery imparts mouths with 30 years of perfected recipes. Bakers concoct an assortment of cookies ($0.59) including mainstay chocolate-chip and white-chocolate macadamia-nut varieties. Mini bundt-cakes ($1.49) can sate smaller appetites or supply pocket-sized nourishment for mid-wedding vow snacking. Almond constellations swirl through a fudgy interstellar nebula with each bite of a sweet praline ($1.69). Sugar-free cookies and candies pepper the store’s confection-filled shelves, along with Mylar ($2.99) and latex ($1) balloons and an assortment of gifts. Sweet Tooth Delivery is open Tuesday through Friday, leaving weekends free for eating broccoli.
The halls of the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse are decked in bows of sarcasm as David Sedaris’s sardonic diatribe The Santaland Diaries fills mature audiences with Yuletide cheer and apropos humbug. Adapted from Sedaris’s popular irreverent essay, the play features actor Luke Thomas Eddy embodying the foul mouth and uncomfortable shoes of Crumpet the Elf during a scintillating one-hour, one-man performance. Tearing at a famous department store’s holiday façade like a grizzly bear rudely woken up from hibernation, Crumpet reveals the sordid lives of Santa’s little helpers as they endure the side effects of the holidays. Chock-full of one-liner chestnuts and hilarious humiliation, the show ensures audiences howl with empathy as the embittered elf rants against baffled tourists, entitled parents, and the anti-elves known as children. Like standing under sulfuric mistletoe, The Santaland Diaries gives the season both a heartfelt kiss and a swift kick in the chimney.
The beauty purveyors at Bella Donna Boutique eschew impersonal automation to apply airbrush tans by hand, using skill and creativity to sculpt a non-damaging bronze body coat. Sessions take about 25 minutes and can last up to 10 days based on your skin-care regimen; harsh scrubbing may shorten the life of the tan and, if continued, could frighten loved ones by accidently exposing your metal endoskeleton.
Sunny yellow walls, tiled flooring, and the fronds of potted plants welcome clients as they step through the doors of dolce vita salon and spa, where a team of seasoned stylists snip locks to reflect both the latest trends and time-tested classic styles. In addition to shifting hair lengths and shades, the spalon staff pampers visages with custom facials, waxes away hair from upper lips, and brightens fingernails with bright coats of polish. Body wraps incorporate ingredients such as shea butter, seaweed, and pumpkin cream to stimulate circulation and dispel toxins, and Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone massages dispel stress to restore your body to a nubile state of relaxed joyousness unlike any since you got your braces removed.
Though stylist Yolanda Gales honed her craft at the Aveda Beauty Institute, she first trimmed hair under the watchful eye of her mother and grandmother, both seasoned hair-stylists. Today, Yolanda leads a team of stylists in her own salon, Benote' Salon. The four beauticians apply their knowledge of modern styling techniques to cut clients' hair, and add color to tresses with coloring and highlights. Moisturizing treatments and L'Oreal Power-doses, meanwhile, help to soothe dry scalps that might otherwise try to drink rain water from thirst. Yolanda stocks Benote's shelves with hair-coloring and strengthening Chromatics dyes, silicone and sulfate-free Precious Oil hair shampoo, and wild ginger-infused Awapuhi conditioner.
The Luv 2 Shoppe children’s boutique unfolds a treasure chest of getups before the wide eyes of youngsters. Budding fashionistas play dress-up with colorful tops and bottoms from designers such as cachcach, Remember Nguyen, and Peaches 'n Cream. For pintsize princesses, the shop carries a host of frilly dresses, including a cotton number adorned with oversize flowers, ideal for attending a family function or hypnotizing a hummingbird. The boutique also features a wide range of unique apparel and accessories for day-to-day activities and special occasions.