Sparkle's thread cleansing doyens have been sprucing up sullied duds with dry cleaning and laundering services for fifty years. The locally owned clean machine offers same-day service for no additional charge, taking in suits ($12.69+) soiled from early-morning coffee spills and preparing them for elegant evenings of cocktail-party pie-fights. Tidy up your skirts ($7.28+) and dresses ($11.61+) in time to enjoy the summer sun, or boycott warmer weather in style with a spotless jacket ($7.61+). The secure after-hours drop-off creates a discreet location to unload shirts ($5.67+), pants ($4.98+), and tin-foil jumpsuits brought back from the future as souvenirs by quantum- leaping relatives.
Anti-aging and weight-loss specialist Dr. Frank Comstock designs diet plans that use locally made, healthy food to kick-start clients' weight-loss efforts. Dr. Comstock's interest in anti-aging techniques began during his residency in the ER, where he saw many patients whose ailments could have been avoided through lifestyle and diet changes. While keeping his skills sharp in the ER, he began to train at the Cenegenics Medical Institute and later received board certification from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. His 7- and 28-day diet plans come in vegan and vegetarian varieties and can accommodate dairy, soy, or carbon intolerance.
Burgers, beers, and fries are pub staples, but the versions that emerge from the kitchen at Social House Kitchen & Pub are anything but the norm. Fit for foodies and casual diners alike, the menu puts a gastropub spin on its eats. Crispy pork belly and mushroom gravy coat the “loaded” fries, and the American classic burger comes with a crown of candied bacon. Other entrees that shake up familiar dishes include beef short ribs with egg, fish ‘n’ chips with apple slaw, and a dip sandwich finished off with rosemary aioli. Behind the gleaming bar top, bartenders pour out 32 craft brews, which patrons enjoy inside a modern space that features a mixture of rustic wood furnishings and bright white upholstery.
The atmosphere at Brush & Bottle is calm and relaxing: music drifts through the air, and friends chat, sip wine, and nibble the snacks that they've brought along. In this comfortable setting, groups tap into their own creative reserves as local artists guide them, step by step, through the process of creating works of art. Subject matter ranges from still-life paintings of tulips to renderings of a Dia de los Muertos skull. Paint, canvas, brushes, and aprons are provided, as are wine openers and cups. In addition to group classes, the studio hosts girls'-night-out events and private parties.
Gabrielle Hungate nearly succumbed to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and weight gain. What saved her wasn't a prescription—it was a lifestyle change. One that began with her diet. Today the board-certified holistic nutritionist and student of renowned nutritionist Dr. Colin Campbell shares her own healthy-eating techniques at Empowered By Nutrition. Through her customized diet plans, Gabrielle pinpoints gaps in nutrition and gives her clients the education and emotional support they need to fill them.