When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop?then called Pete's Subway?proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world?almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
With two locations, a dedicated team of professionals, and a full fleet of services, Aura Salon and Spa makes it easy for New Jerseyans to update their head threads, pamper their mugs, and soothe their bodies. Aura's staffers have worked closely with the internationally trained members of Redken 5th Avenue, who shared tips regarding proper salon procedures and which European accents to use when doling out haircuts. New clients enjoy a complimentary consultation that couples them with a fitting stylist or aesthetician for their service, be it a mani-pedi, a waxing, or a bridal updo, complete with champagne mimosas and the traditional prank phone call to the wedding caterer.
Upon first glance, Eutopia Beauty Studio appears a classic, modern salon, thanks to its earth-toned walls, spacious leather sofa facing a flat-screen TV, and shelves lined with products by Milk_shake, No Inhibitions, Keratin Complex, Malibu, and Brocato. However, the styling area brings a hint of Old World class to the modern space. Cherry-wood cabinets outfitted with clean marble countertops and elegant metal hardware jut from a rustic brick wall. Here, stylists twirl around black, boxy styling chairs as they ribbon hair with highlights and snip off split ends. They treat parched strands to deep moisturizing treatments, and retexturize locks with relaxers, permanent waves, and keratin smoothing systems. Once hair is done, makeup artists take over and gussy up features with false lashes and full makeup applications.
Overhead lights shine down on Allure Day Spa & Salon, illuminating earthen clay tiles and walls the color of saffron. In these cozy, rustic environs, Allure owner and operator Monica Laratta manages a highly trained contingent of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists using her 20 years of industry experience. Decorative wall mirrors record the transformation of bland tresses into stylish and colorful dos with the help of products by AG Hair and TIGI. Elsewhere in the salon, essie and OPI nail polishes brighten fingers and toes. Likewise, spray tans and facials brighten complexions, and waxing nixes unwanted hair from lips, eyebrows, or misbehaving Chia pets.
On the top floor of a quaint two-story house, Antonio Michael Salon's staff of hairstylists, nail techs, and aestheticians work to engender tranquility through a vast offering of spa and salon services. Inside private rooms, aestheticians and massage therapists tend to façades and physiques with deep-tissue massage, seaweed wraps, and a dozen types of facials. Hairdressers snip and style tresses and smooth away frizz or curl with four types of hair-texturing treatments.