In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
Canastota Kart Speedway's slick indoor track and nearly quarter-mile outdoor raceway sing with the sounds of rumbling power from the engines of muscular sprint karts, easy-handling NasKarts, and double-seat Sidewinders. While they chew up asphalt on their way to the checkered flag, the aerodynamic karts remain as safe as they are fast thanks to sturdy roll cages and four-point safety harnesses. Batting cages stand ready for muscles looking to work through prerace warm-ups, and electric kiddy karts and a klaxon-filled arcade keep diminutive drivers entertained. The smell of savory fried fare emanates from the track’s in-house grill, setting the table for postrace refueling or attempts to engineer karts that run solely on french fries.
At Creative Piano Teaching, instructor James Lee Vatter's students find themselves immersed in a supportive, challenging environment that strives to make learning music a fun and rewarding undertaking. His pupils learn a wide range of musical styles as they pounce on the keyboard at weekly lessons, demonstrating the skills and concepts learned in previous sessions. Along with lessons, students can participate in festivals and competitions.
India Bazaar imports international ingredients for Indian cooking at home and also supplies ready-to-eat dishes for instantaneous consumption. Spices, Indian breads, and fragrant teas lead shoppers or Wolverines by their noses through well-stocked aisles. Indian beauty supplies embellish faces, and cookware helps patrons transform hefty sacks of rice into biryani. India Bazaar accommodates visitors from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week, and as an added bonus, students of Syracuse University can call to request a complimentary shuttle.
At Dazzle, staffers rely on their eye for style, scrutinizing each of the tees, jewelry, scarves, and purses before allowing it to grace their shelves. An eclectic inventory outfits ladies of all ages and styles, ranging from edgy bracelets crafted in paracord for tweens to DaVinci beaded necklaces for conservative shoppers. Like a tree's favorite outfit, the shop's inventory changes with the seasons, drawing browsers back to check for unexpected gifts or rare accessories.