Lauded by an array of local and national publications, la vie Zen nullifies stress with soothing massages, wraps, pedicures, and facials. A one-hour green-tea wrap infuses bodies with antioxidants from green tea, crushed rice, and bamboo concentrate as its exfoliating properties help skin appear more sleek and smooth. During 60-minute La Vie Zen Signature massages, licensed therapists task fingers with talking down aches with full-body aromatherapeutic treatments performed with a fragrance of the client's choice. The Zen-sational facial extracts and cleanses pores of unwanted oils and a mask gives patrons a taste of the stealthy superhero lifestyle before therapeutic lip and eye treatments send in hydration reserves. A shoulder massage mollifies muscle distress and a hydrating hand treatment keeps phalanges looking lustrous. Aestheticians then pamper feet with sole-nourishing pedicures that groom cuticles, massages toes, and send internal love letters to the nervous system.
If the mind can transform a rainy day's bowl of runny soup into a robust flagon of fresh winter borscht, there are few things it cannot achieve. Today's side deal honors your powerful noggin with a two-hour, one-on-one hypnotherapy session ($225 value) from the bad-habit busters at Mind Matters Restorative Hypnotherapy, plus a custom CD of your session ($20 value) for $110. Break down the toxic tension-building components of your mind while Lisa Hubler or Dale Jaffe spend up to an hour to identifying the negative factors influencing your unwanted feelings and behaviors. Then undergo real-life hypnotherapy for the rest of the session that will cleanse your psyche and leave you ready to take on the world free of such vices as smoking, poor eating habits, restless sleeping patterns, and a love of paint chips.
The offspring of UPS and Mail Boxes Etc., The UPS Store packs and ships parcels at more than 4,700 locations throughout North America. The shop handles objects of various shapes and sizes, from tiny ceramic dog bowls to giant bronze busts of Lassie, swaddling them in sturdy cardboard boxes ($3.95 for a 12"x"12"x12" box), cushy packing peanuts ($2.50/cubic ft.), and squishy bubble wrap (50 cents/ft.). Thanks to the shop's dozens of delivery options, parcels can zoom to their destinations via next-day air or announce their arrival courtesy of certified mail, and customers can estimate shipping prices for all these methods with a handy online calculator. Aided by UPS tracking technology, shipping experts route boxes to domestic and international addresses. A pack-and-ship promise protects each item packed at the shop and shipped via UPS, ensuring patrons they’ll be reimbursed if their parcels are lost, damaged, or eaten by polar bears.
Milt Chortkoff takes dry cleaning seriously. For more than seven decades, he's had his hand in dry-cleaning and laundry businesses in the area. The culmination of that experience is Milt and Edie's Drycleaners and Tailoring Center, which provides 24 hour service 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with 12 tailors on hand, as well as mobile tailoring to create a well-rounded laundry service. Because they don't skimp on what they wash, from clothes and drapes to superhero capes, and they even do shoe repair, the washhouse's services hit every aspect of the home. Clients can chow down on complimentary popcorn and refreshments while they wait. Milt & Edie's lives by a 10-point policy, which involves replacing missing buttons, sewing seams, and always keeping pant cuffs opened, brushed, and retacked. Going one step further, the cleaner offers free pickup and delivery within five miles.
The black-and-white décor at Prizzi’s pops with red accents, from the modern heat lamps hanging by the kitchen to the cherry-red aprons of the friendly wait staff. White tablecloths bear dishes such as lunch paninis and oven-baked pizzas in thin crust or deep dish. Forks twirl steaming noodles alongside steak and seafood immersed in savory wine sauces. After sipping a brew and noshing fried starters at the smooth wooden bar, patrons can tackle gelato scoops on the outdoor patio to achieve the chilled relaxation that usually accompanies a nap on a living-room sofa carved out of ice.