The cuisine forgers at Black Rock proffer a menu of imaginative gourmet pizza, delectable sandwiches, and pasta. Enliven weary taste buds with an appetizer, such as the rattlesteaks—a mélange of buttermilk-marinated sirloin steak, chipotle sauce, and ranch dressing ($5.99). Entree options include 30 signature pizza varieties that range from the cowboy poetry, a fusion of smoked tri-tip, crumbled bacon, and mushrooms under an asiago cheese roof ($18.49 for a large), to the brush fire pizza, a hand-tossed wonder engineered with house-made turkey sausage, peppers, smoked onions, and habanero cheese ($18.49). Leaving no stomach unfilled, Black Rock also offers kid-friendly fare including personal pizzas ($4.49 each) and orders of crispy chicken nuggets ($4.49).
Owner, stylist, and 22-year industry veteran Ray Caballero helms Casa R. Caballero Salon, Spa & Boutique with an eye for style and a preference for experienced team members. Ray's styling chairs are flanked by numerous beauty and wellness experts, including stylist 25-year veteran stylist Yolie Kelly, 15-year veteran massage therapist and master aesthetician Stacy Glass and 10-year veteran nail tech Mickie Trieu. Leveraging products from Lanza Healing Haircare, Pravana, Redken OPI, and Essie, team members assist clients in achieving their aesthetic aspirations with salon and spa services ranging from waxing to feather extensions to facials. They also keep the door open until as late as 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to accommodate those who work, sleep, or sleepwork during the day.
Holiday Inn's newly renovated hotel regales guests with myriad amenities and its central location gives out-of-towners a chance to explore the nearby Reno-Sparks downtown areas. After a free shuttle ride from the airport to the hotel, unwind in a leisure lounge built for two with a work desk and king-size bed or loaf in a spacious alcove equipped with two queen beds for sharing with platonic friends or noble highway robbers. All rooms entertain eyes with cable-equipped, 32-inch flat-screen HDTVs and complimentary WiFi and bodies can amuse themselves within Holiday Inn's seasonal outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. With today's Groupon customers can also nosh discounted American fare in the casual McCarren House Bar & Grill.
Pump It Up of Reno/Sparks is a private, indoor recreation facility that houses all things bounceable and specializes in both private parties and public open-play sessions. Parents can promote social development and physical fitness as wee ones jump around like pint-sized pinballs in any of the many bounce houses, obstacle courses, and inflatable slides.
Hand To Paws' staff of pet polishers washes, fluffs, and pampers animals with a variety of grooming and pet-sitting services that keep four-legged family members wagging their tails with glee. A Bath and Brush package ($20–$45+) spruces up furry friends with a sudsing of high-end, all-natural products that inspire finicky bloodhounds to pray for third nostrils, before staffers accent clean coats with decorative bows or bandanas. Other spa services ($35–$60+) include nail trimming for mutts big and small ($5–$8), teeth brushing ($3), and eye-stain treatments ($3). Mature animals in need of some TLC benefit from massage and acupressure ($30), which promotes healing, helps restore liveliness, and gives pooches a forum to flaunt their favorite terrycloth robes.