Organic apples, grapes, and naseberries layer atop paprika inside All About U’s studio—but this concoction isn’t meant to be eaten. These natural, organic ingredients are used to deeply exfoliate skin—the powerful combo of natural fruit acids, detoxifiers, and oxygen boosters leaves faces smooth and glowing. The rejuvenating, exfoliating AHA facial is just one of All About U’s custom treatments, all of which use specific blends of organic fruits, herbs, and spices to meet each client’s unique skin needs. All About U’s staff also removes hair through waxing, sugaring, and mind control, and massages, reiki treatments, and infrared-sauna sessions encourage the release of tension. :m]]
Set in Rosebud, a 19th-century mining town, Boom Town takes audiences 145 years back in time on a whimsical Old West adventure. World-class circus performers, including many drawn from the ranks of Cirque du Soleil, use mining equipment and other colorful props to execute a variety of stunts and maneuvers worthy of double, triple, and quadruple takes. The acrobatic action takes place within the fittingly historical walls of the venerable Pantages Theater, a former vaudeville venue and movie house. Before or after the show, head down the street to Pacific Grill, where chef/owner Gordon Naccarato oversees a menu rich in nautical delicacies such as weathervane scallops ($30) and turf-based tastes including grilled lamb T-bone chops ($32).
Thousands of hand-blown ornaments and floats glint from the shelves of Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, which earned recognition as the No. 1 attraction in Tacoma by TripAdvisor, and western Washington’s Best Art Gallery by CityVoter. Shoppers browse a polychromatic panoply of 3- to 4-inch glass spheres blown onsite ($15–$25), which can adorn mantelpieces, float in ponds, or serve as attractive lane dividers in the kiddie pool. A husband-and-wife duo runs the studio, and deploys a dedicated six-person staff to help inflate the translucent orbs and assist customers with bauble selection.
Equipped with FDA-certified green cleaning products, Meridian Chem-Dry's team of carpet cleaners expertly extracts grime from underfoot upholstery with carbonating solutions and hot-water extraction. Square-inching their way across up to 600 square feet of carpetscape like janitorial inchworms, cleaners massage their bubbly, mineral-based solution—known as "The Natural"—deep into downtrodden pile, slowly lifting dirt and allergens to the surface. Scum is then thoroughly sucked away, leaving carpets brighter, softer, and free of chew-toy residue. Depending on the carpet's size, thickness, and levels of personal hygiene, the cleaning process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, with an additional two hours of drying time required before normal foot traffic can resume.
As a young boy, John Blake learned the building trades from his father and great-grandfather. He quickly grew attached to the family business, though years passed before he finally accepted his calling to work full-time as a builder and fixer. Today, Blake owns Paladin Remodeling and spends his time making dream homes a reality. He and his team redesign homes inside and out, adding on decks, building new bathrooms, installing swimming pools, and transforming basements into impenetrable supervillain lairs.
Humanity’s chic, friendly crew of stylists and aestheticians begin each treatment with a personalized consultation to determine the exact look you’re going for, as well as how to keep you comfy throughout. Most services are executed with the assistance of earth-friendly and aromatic Aveda’s earth-friendly, aromatic line of products, so you won’t spot any adorable baby penguins being used as aerosol cans. To tame tangled tresses, opt for a cut and color ($94 and up), or ease both stress-induced acne and acne-induced stress with a 60-minute outer peace facial ($70). A full range of nail ($5 and up), massage ($30 and up), and waxing services ($12 and up) are also available for your pampering pleasure. Expect to leave Humanity Salons fully satisfied and glowing like freshly spewed lava. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.