The staff at Soho Tan Spa knows there’s no single correct path to getting a glowing tan. To accommodate clients of all skin types and sensibilities, they offer tanning treatments ranging from the classic UV beds to airbrush treatments by trained technicians or the automated jets of a VersaSpa booth. Their three-pronged approach lets clients choose the level of privacy and method best suited to their skin. The VersaSpa spray tanning booths offer three tanning MyMyst shades to accommodate clients who just want a splash of color or those who want to look like they've spent weeks in a close orbit around the sun. Four brands of beds let clients emphasize facial tanning or faster tan times, while spa facials performed in the tanning salon help refresh newly tanned skin.
Newcomers to Byblos Cafe may think they’ve stumbled into a sultan’s court: belly dancers wind their way past private enclaves replete with plush footstools and gossamer curtains, and heaping trays of charbroiled meats fill the air with the scents of basil and mint. The sultry atmosphere reflects owners Roger and Ziad Estephan’s mission to share their Lebanese heritage, which they do through every minor and major detail.
Beyond the glowing candles scattered throughout the dining areas, chefs draw upon Estephan family recipes to prepare a menu of traditional Mediterranean dishes. They hand roll grape leaves around spiced rice and herbs, and they marinate meats in fragrant blends of olive oil, lemon, and garlic—the base ingredients in Lebanese Febreze. Additionally, Byblos Cafe houses an international market where diners can stock up on Middle Eastern groceries.
During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.
Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.
The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.
You Say When Yogurt Shoppe was designed to give customers that necessary balance between healthy and delicious when they wanted to indulge in something sweet. Rotating flavors for frozen yogurt include creamsicle, boysenberry, and gingerbread yogurt, while smoothies are packed with nutritious flavors like or strawberry, mango, and mojito. Both options provide a refreshing taste and nutritious vitamins and minerals. The frozen yogurt also comes packed with live and active cultures that aid in digestion and give self-guided tours of your stomach.
A sanctuary of sweet treats, City Street Sweets packs a jellybean jar's worth of retro candies, decadent truffles, creamy fudge, chewy caramel apples, and more inside its fern-colored walls. Steal your valentine's four-chambered muscular organ with an Uptown Classic truffle eight-piece gift box ($11.95), teeming with gourmet truffles in flavors such as dark-chocolate raspberry, milk-chocolate caramel, and dark-chocolate champagne. Unbirthdays are best celebrated with a Birthday Cake fudge ($8.25 for 8 oz., $16 for 16 oz.), a vanilla-fudge box loaded with mini marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles, and expired birthday wishes. Sink your canines into a caramel-apple pie CraZapple ($11.95), cloaked in fresh-roasted pecans, white chocolate, and cinnamon sugar, or delve deeper into the den of decadence with an old-fashioned strawberry soda-pop float ($4.79), a Sprite sea awash with Titanic-sinking strawberry icecaps. The candy college at City Street Sweets keeps wandering minds occupied with an arsenal of chocolate-drenched course offerings. Channel your inner Einstein at the Chocolate Bar Inventor class ($11.95), in which students are paired with PhD-toting Oompa-Loompas to create an original candy bar bundled up in a wrapper of their own design. The Candy Jewelry Designer course ($16.95) transforms budding fashionistas into haute-couture bling designers with tricks to turn last year's Lifesavers into this year's must-have accessory.