Hairdressing runs in his blood. As a third-generation stylist, Jeff—the owner and director of Gemmette Hair Studios—not only loved hair from a young age but acted on his passion and began working in the industry at the age of 15. He then went on to attend the Vidal Sassoon school in London before garnering enough skills to become a color specialist and educator for Paul Mitchell. Now Jeff shares his endless love for hair not only with his clients but with his team of stylists at both Gemmette Hair Studio locations. Under Jeff's tutelage, each stylist much complete the salon's training program before working their way through the ranks of junior, senior, and designer stylist. And, even after all that training, the group still shows offs their hunger to learn by mastering the latest hair trends and techniques through continuing-education courses.
Along with precision cuts for adults and kids, Japanese hair-straightening treatments, and corrective coloring, Gemmette's crew is skilled in eyelash extensions and makeup applications. Hair can also be restored with the salon's reviving blow-dry treatments, which help brighten locks, protect against breakage with argan- and olive-oil-infused products, and boost volume.
Though the focus in each Gemmette Hair Studio is the client, the owner did not skimp on decor. Both locations offer elegance—one with baroque decor and the other inspired by zen—as well as fully stocked color bars boasting every shade of the rainbow, including pot of gold.
A white mansion rises from a patch of lush green trees and flowering bushes. Inside, potted reeds and vines guide visitors toward rooms painted with petal-like pinks and oranges. This isn't a greenhouse or a nursery but a sanctuary for cultivating mind-body wellness. Here, holistic medicine experts blend Eastern and Western healing traditions to prevent disease and promote vitality. Studio founder Kim Fong, a licensed physical therapist and nationally certified acupuncturist, blends acupuncture with physical therapy to address physical and emotional symptoms without drugs, surgery, or gratuitous noogies. During acupuncture sessions, she and fellow acupuncturist Gregory Carey clear chi blockages by placing fine, sterile needles at specific points along the body's energy pathways. This treatment can be used to address the pain associated with fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, osteoarthritis, and many other ailments.
Calming feng-shui design envelops Health in Motion's yoga classrooms, where experienced instructors impart ancient poses to students of all ages, including children, teens, and moms-to-be. In addition to promoting relaxation, the poses build strength, balance, and flexibility. To complement his acupuncture services, Gregory also offers qi-gong classes, whose deep breaths and gentle movements help correct energy imbalances and metaphysical geometry quizzes.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
At South Fin Grill, the ocean breeze mingles with a menu of upscale seafood and steakhouse dishes praised by New York magazine. Amid what critic Ethan Wolff describes as a "priceless" ocean view, servers roll out lobster, crab, swordfish, and salmon incarnated as pasta, soup, and sushi dishes. The "turf" portion of the menu showcases grilled new york sirloin, filet mignon, and barbecued pork, but the focus once again turns seaside at a raw bar that features clams and oysters kept fresh by pearl-shaped breath mints.
Beams of blue and yellow lighting hover above the interior dining tables, each blanketed with a white tablecloth and centered with a flickering candle. Outside, the ocean deck's sea-blue umbrellas shelter views of the boardwalk, ocean, and seagull beach volleyball tourneys. The restaurant bolsters its elegantly plated cuisine with occasional entertainment acts, which have included DJs.
If the large capital letters spelling out the word “SPA” on Pure Nature Day Spa's front desk don't convince guests of its tranquil environs, the rose-colored walls, poised greenery, and shelf displays of professional skincare products will make it abundantly clear. If clients still need convincing, the attentive and focused convoy of deep cleanses, detoxifying steams, organic moisturizers, and cold masks will demonstrate that this is a place where blemishes go to retire and healthy skin comes back for a victorious fourth sequel. The spa's buffet of facials, microdermabrasions, and photo-rejuvenation treatments merge their advanced technology with the nourishment of G.M. Collin products in order to cater to all types of skin. Standing by to dole out further pampering are massage therapists—who offer Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone treatments—body waxing technicians, and therapists, who revive sapped skin with herbal wraps and polishes.
Benvenuti Italian Specialties & Catering first opened in Bari, Italy before packing up for Garwood, New Jersey in the early 1900's. Chefs still carry on the traditions of the Old World, though, crafting classic Italian entrees and contemporary dishes. They draw from a vast menu that includes everything from more than 20 varieties of housemade ravioli to a chicken Benvenuti, which is sautéed with peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and capers. The kitchen also transports meals from its catering menu to luncheons, banquets, and other events throughout the area.
Cured meats hang above Benvenuti's glass deli cases, which teem with olives and rounds of fresh mozzarella. Meanwhile, pastas, bottles of olive oil, and other Italian imports line the main shop floor.