At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.
Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.
Honored as one of Salon Today ’s Salons of Distinction in 2011, Salon Debonaire perfects the art of hair adjustment with a host of lavish services that employ products from upscale brands such as Unite, Bio Ionic, and Onesta. Throughout the day, knotted clumps of hair flutter to the salon’s Brazilian-rosewood floors, their protestations drowned out by a symphony of snips as stylists craft textured and contemporary precision cuts. Coloring products from professional and USDA Certified Organic lines infuse newly minted hairdos with all-over color or partial highlights, and skilled aestheticians expel facial hair using wax or soybean-based Nufree. As the salon’s skilled stylists focus on their work, customers sip coffee inside a TV-equipped lounge or fling their wet mops against the wall to contribute to the salon’s modernist decor.
Certified by the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, River City Tattoo inks and bedazzles the human apparatus with the help of a professional staff and a large selection of body jewelry. Display your love for your mother or incessant admiration for eggplant with a custom tattoo designed by one of the shop's skilled artists (starting at $50).
• For $22, you get a men's camo color treatment, haircut, and 12-ounce bottle of Color Protect shampoo (a $44 value). • For $37, you get a women's mini highlight (5–7 foils), haircut, conditioning treatment, and 12-ounce bottle of Color Protect shampoo (a $74 value).
A scoop of plantains. A heap of stewed ribs. A forkful of caramel-flavored flan. At Spanish Soul Restaurant, the chefs churn out a full menu of authentic Puerto Rican tastes such as these. They can prepare extra-large portions of their dishes—which also include yellow rice and beans, empanadas, steak and onions, and fried pork chops—to cater large-scale events.
La Bella beautifies 'dos with an assemblage of styling services for the aesthetically conscious looking to spruce up their hair. Unruly coiffures are put in place by the expert stylists, starting with a detailed consultation that lays out style options and allows customers to choose the cut that best meshes with an active lifestyle, a sharp clothing style, or a frequently traversed turnstile. Cuts are preceded by a shampoo and relaxing scalp massage. Women's cuts ($40–$60) include a complimentary makeup touch up with Arbonne products, ensuring faces match the newly optimized aesthetics of their furry top hats. Men's cuts ($30–$40) include a mini-facial, which exfoliates and moisturizes skin made tough from exposure to the elements or regular shaving with rusty bowie knives. Swap shades with all-over color services ($55–$80) performed by staff members specially trained in the use of Schwarzkopf color products. Finicky frizz is mitigated by a selection of straightening treatments ($70–$125+), smoothing out kinks, ameliorating the undesirable poofiness of humidity's moist touch, and creating an ideally uniform surface for repelling microsportsmen. Liquid hair removal ($15–$45) is accomplished with Nufree, a soy-based antimicrobial hair remover that eliminates unwanted down while minimizing pain and leaving skin smooth and soft.