Like artists, stylists often learn tricks of the trade from mentors, continuing a rich tradition and forming a solid base from which to grow. Kara Staats, for instance, draws upon the knowledge and fashion savvy of stylist Tricia Anderson, who, according to Forum magazine, studied at the Vidal Sassoon Academy. Staats is also an alumna of that renowned hair-design school, and since tossing her graduation cap into the air has undergone further training to become certified as a GKhair educator. In addition to leaving hair silky and smooth with GKhair's protein-rich formula, Staats transforms looks with cuts and highlights, airbrush makeup, and DreamCatcher extensions that prevent hair from having nightmares about bear traps mistaken for barrettes.
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.
For 30 years, Saturday's Family Hair Care has tended to the manes of men ($15), women ($16–$20), and children ($11–$15), crafting classic cuts and modern styles in a kid-friendly, appointment-free atmosphere. Moms can steer hopelessly tussled bedheads toward Saturday's salon, where experienced hair herders soothe anxious kiddies and corral misbehaving locks into tidy style stalls. Moms and tots alike can opt for stylistic inspiration, such as the soft and simple classic bob or the rugged cool kid on the block look, which enables tykes to judge which junior-high alt-rock bands are rad and who sold out to play this fall's Battle of the Bands. Name-brand products including Matrix, Paul Mitchell, and Moroccanoil treat locks to an opulence matched only by down-bristled toothbrushes. Saturday's welcomes walk-ins anytime and boasts convenient evening and Saturday hours.
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.
Downtown Massage Studio's therapists share a single goal: to silent life's loudest distractions with relaxing massages. What they don't share, however, is a single way to achieve this goal. Sometimes they relieve tension with gentle Swedish strokes, while other times they rely on heated basalt stones to melt away adhesions. They even offer special packages such as the lavender bliss massage, which includes a rejuvenating facial to replace any skin blown away by the wind.