More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
Whether commemorating a wedding or celebrating a holiday, the artful floral arrangements at A Bloom Depot- Presented by George's Flowers exude beauty and thoughtfulness. Anniversary bouquets brim with red or pink roses, and birthday arrangements showcase bright sunflowers or purple tulips. Various baskets and bouquets are tailored to commemorate baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and most major holidays.
The trend-attuned staff at Store13 lines the walls with creative and original brands of street apparel, footwear, and accessories beloved by freestyle cyclists and skateboarders. Andre the Giant chides passersby to do as they are told from the technicolor crest on a Genuine Article T-shirt by Obey ($26). Stow your gear with reliable style inside a blue and grey mini-metro backpack by Chrome ($120), or slip on a black, narrow-brimmed castor woven hat by Brixton ($40) and pair of black canvas sneakers by Cadence ($49.99) to keeps heads and feet stylishly covered in concert.
As a child, Juan Mondragon used to sit in his family's kitchen, perched upon wooden chairs carved by his grandfather, and watch as his grandmother ground corn by hand for homemade tortillas. He was so in awe of the love and effort she put into each dish that sometimes, even if he was ravenous, he would just sit and admire his plate before taking the first bite. Her influence eventually inspired Juan to enroll at Gastronomico Chefuri Culinary Institute in Mexico City, where he was trained as a professional chef.
Today, at Juan's Restaurant, Chef Mondragon strives to honor his grandmother's techniques, taking care to consider each step of his recipes as he prepares them. He is perhaps most meticulous with his moles (of which he makes more than 10 varieties), keeping an eye on the sauces for six hours so that he can add each ingredient at just the right moment.
He's equally influenced by what's called pre-Hispanic Mexican cuisine, a style rooted in the indigenous ingredients used before the impact of Spanish techniques. Nopal, a type of cactus, is a favorite ingredient of Juan's, which he sometimes grinds in with corn to make his tortillas. He also pulls from a colorful, organic cornucopia of produce that includes xoconostles (cactus pears), pumpkin, squash, pomegranate, beets, and huauzontle (Mexican broccoli). Caldo de piedra, translated as rock soup, is a very popular dish Juan warms up in a very traditional way: by using stones heated over an open flame, or a flamethrower if he's in a pinch. His alternative approach to Mexican cuisine has become popular with both American and Latin celebrities, and his catering clients have included Martha Stewart, Sofia Vergara, and Oprah Winfrey. Guests of Juan's Restaurant might notice the chef looks familiar, as he's been featured on Buenos Dias Los Angeles and several other television programs.
EZ Health stocks staggeringly flush coffers of vitamins, supplements, and weight loss products designed to keep folks up and running. Multivitamins fill nutritional gaps, while protein smoothies supply hefty amounts of soy protein for those about to hit the gym. For more routine nutritional backup, the apothecaries keep a panoply of panaceas on hand, ranging from pills to offset the effects of diabetes to potent antioxidants that aim to shut down cancer-causing free-radicals.
SB Fit Personal Training's team of dedicated personal trainers pumps up flimsy physiques with a regimen of varied and unconventional workouts. Intentionally devoid of treadmills and many other traditional units, the intimate studio features uncommon exercise instruments such as tires, ropes, olympic rings, and live bears to spicy up workouts with challenging new activities. Clients enter each session unaware of the upcoming routine to ensure excitement and anticipation for surprise drills during every muscle-molding minute. Exercises and intensity levels are determined based on each client's personal fitness goals, with coaches placing an emphasis on friendly motivation. The positive attitude makes each visit an approachable experience and each one-hour session is conducted with up to four trainees to foster a sense of community as opposed to a potentially radioactive spider sense. Groupon users must redeem all six sessions within three weeks of activation and should call ahead to schedule their first appointment.
Velia Boutique and Skincare gilds bodies with beautifying treatments that restore youthful vitality to skin. Technicians rejuvenate faces with a mild, 30% lactic-acid solution, dislodging old skin with a blanket bombardment of low-pH firepower (a $25 value). Then, a microdermabrasion tool strips away dull remnants with a gentle stream of crystals, while an attached vacuum sucks up loosened cells and stimulates visages with vivifying suction (a $100 value). Treatments improve evenness, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, and help empty the pores of impure thoughts. After facial renovations, Groupon customers can avail themselves of a 20% discount on any boutique purchase, stocking homes with skincare products from Éminence Organics for pro-level domestic beautification.