Cachet Hair Designs has been a beauty destination for more than 25 years. Owner Meriem Benchaouch and her staff abide by the old-fashioned belief that close and personal attention yield the best results, but their work is anything but antiquated. With an eye for the fresh and trendy, the stylists whip hairdos into shape with cuts, Argan intensive conditioning treatments, coloring services, and wave nouveau treatments. They also offer haircuts and beard trimming for men, as well as facials that utilize steam vaporizers and high frequency debacterization to cleanse the skin and make it glow like a firefly that just developed its first crush.
The floor-to-ceiling glass windows that line the front of Relaxed Spa serve two purposes: to funnel natural light inside and act as an invisible barrier to stress. Owner Solmaz Celik and her staff of certified salon and spa technicians preach relaxation as they pamper visitors during services such as sugar and hard waxing, facial treatments, and massage therapy. Using a classic, Shellac, or french style mani-pedi, they also clean up fingernails and toenails.
Though two hands and a back are the basic ingredients for most massages, the staff at Healthy Self Therapy & Wellness Center doesn't shy away from mixing in additional flavor—such as another pair of hands. The four-hands massage treats physiques to the simultaneous expertise of two seasoned therapists, who mirror each other's movements for full-body coverage. The team's many modalities also call upon cups for creating vacuum seals on the skin, hot stones for unwinding knots, and paraffin wax for softening hands and feet. Even when massages don't call for any outside help, the muscle gurus alter their styles based on assessments of each client's condition.
This custom approach can lead to both classic and obscure disciplines. For example, a relaxing therapeutic massage can quell surface aches, whereas a cellulite-therapeutic massage strives to tighten the skin without simply clothespinning it back at the spine. Whether patrons hope to dispel mental anxiety or chronic pain, the therapists tackle their ailments with long-term relief in mind. However, five-minute chair massages are also available for those who need a brief but focused moment of muscular meditation.
The Grooming Lounge specializes in man-centered pampering and primping, with a bevy of spa services to choose from. Relieve stressed-out stompers with a foot treatment ($55), which includes dead-skin exfoliation, a foot massage, and a nail trim for the eagle claws. A GL signature manicure ($50) dips hands in paraffin, refreshes palms and knuckle flesh with a mask, exfoliates dead skin, and massages the whole kit and caboodle. Opt for a thorough kneading with a deep-tissue, sports, or Swedish massage ($100), or the Golf Massage ($110), which focuses specifically on muscle groups used in smooth golf swings and even smoother golf tantrums. Wax the back or chest ($70) for underground weightlifting competitions, or recover from a recent sliming with a quick-fix facial ($50). If you’re interested in a treatment that costs more than $50, you'll have to pay the difference.
Boloco aspires to delight diners with the unexpected and strives to take care of its employees and the planet in the process. The Boston-based business first opened in 1997 as Under Wraps. But in 2005, it changed its name to Boloco, realizing wraps incited some terrible feelings - often involving alfalfa sprouts. With the fresh name came a new mantra, "Globally Inspired Burritos."
Despite winning an award for "stupidest name change", Boloco's menu has steadfastly offered customers globally inspired burritos and burrito bowls alongside smoothies and shakes, such as the Jimmy Carter, infused with all-natural peanut butter and premium ice cream. Boloco also uses eco-friendly practices, recognizing that today that might mean corn cups and utensils, but tomorrow it could mean driving to work in cars fueled by guacamole.
The stylists and aestheticians at Eurospa refuse to confine themselves to just one specialty. In addition to revamping guests' 'dos, the intrepid beauty-makers add fetching color to locks, wax away unwanted hair, and apply semi-permanent makeup, which cuts down on the time clients spend getting ready and making awkward small talk with the person who lives in their bathroom mirror. Meanwhile, those looking for relaxation can also avail themselves of another of the spa's many specialties: a scalp massage, which saps away stress while nourishing hair with warm oil.
As they craft locks into coifs, the stylists at Charmed Salon—each of whom boasts 10-plus years of haircare experience—use their expertise and skill to sculpt, color, and style hair of any texture into a look each client covets. The straightforward menu of services features unisex haircuts, deep-conditioning treatments, La-Brasiliana straightening systems, and highlights that enhance hair color more effectively than making everyone wear rose-tinted glasses in one's presence. To keep hair looking salon-fresh at home, product lines from Nioxin, Paul Mitchell, and Big Sexy Hair line the shelves, waiting to demonstrate their full potential.