One hour. In the time it takes to watch one prime-time drama, the trained technicians at Whitening Lounge can whiten teeth by up to eight shades. Armed with a hydrogen-peroxide or carbomide-peroxide gel and a safe—yet powerful—LED lamp, the team transforms less-than-white grins into radiant smiles without the cold sterility of a traditional dental office. A rundown of proper aftercare—such as avoiding soda for 24 hours or using only crocheted mouth guards—concludes each treatment, guiding clients to up to two years of whiter and brighter smiles.
Fat Tuesday has achieved the impossible dream of bringing authentic bayou eats and Mardi Gras libations into the swamp-free lands of Arizona. Sample their transported tastes with snappy appetizers such as the alligator nuggets, shipped fresh from New Orleans before being breaded, fried, and served with a Cajun remoulade ($9.95), or the 10-piece hand-breaded shrimp, slathered in sauces that range from mild to mildly indignant ($7.95). For the main meal, try the Tuesday burger, a half pound of seasoned ground beef cooked to order accompanied by an entourage of tongue-lashing Cajun fries ($6.75). Fat Tuesday's ice-crowned claim to fame is the daiquiri menu, showcasing 25 sweet, potent deliriums. Obliterate boring tipples with a large barrel of Banana Banshee, concocted from creamy banana and coco liquors ($7.75), or challenge mortality with a medium Triple Bypass, in which tasty cherry flavors collide with vodka and grain alcohol ($6.50).
Expressing yourself is encouraged at lovelife studio, where instructors lead yoga, art, and movement classes. They welcome students to explore and discover new passions while building a sense of community. The studio also hosts bazaars, spotlights local artists, and stages live music events. All of this serves lovelife's mission: to inspire the community to live well and love life.
Carlie Marie’s Esthetics’ licensed aesthetician bolsters beauty with permanent makeup that sets up shop on faces without vamoosing for years. During the appointment, the steady-handed makeup artist implants natural pigments into the dermal layer, enhancing visages with a burst of complexion-complementing color that won’t wash off in the shower or in the errant spray of a hydrant filled with cold cream. Permanent cosmetics revolutionize morning routines by saving precious clicks of the minute hand, and the treatment is ideal for clients with cosmetic allergies or skin sensitivity. The long-lasting color gradually softens over time, and customers generally require a touch up after 2–8 years or 3,000 miles.
Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. A dozen trivia-based clues lead contestants to checkpoints all over Phoenix, where they must use a camera to document their presence and, in some cases, complete challenges, such as scaling a wall or solving a puzzle. In addition to running and walking, contestants may use public transportation to move from checkpoint to checkpoint, though taxis, cars, and bikes are off-limits. Races generally last less than four hours, and the winning team receives free entry to the Super Dare, a cruise-based take on the Urban Dare concept that features a $5,000 grand prize. Proceeds from the race will be used to help battle breast cancer.
Strung from the ceiling are mason jars transformed into light fixtures, illuminating the wood-paneled walls and spacious dance floor of Moonshine Whiskey Bar & Grill. It’s a fitting touch for the country western bar, whose bartenders also fill mason jars with 39 whiskeys, bourbons, moonshines, and scotches, reports the East Valley Tribune.
Within the three-story, 11,000-square-foot establishment, libations flow from four bars, as well as in the kitchen, where head chef Chad Holmes pairs housemade blueberry pancakes with housemade blueberry moonshine syrup. Chad incorporates local ingredients into every item on his from-scratch menu, such as the free-range chicken tenders with bourbon peach BBQ sauce.
The kitchen serves up grub into the wee hours of the night, and bartenders stick around an hour after last call to supply patrons with complementary soft drinks and water. The bar itself stays open until 3 a.m. four nights a week, giving patrons plenty of time for line dancing, riding the bar’s mechanical bull Willie, or cheering up William, the bar’s bored rodeo clown.