Amici means "friends" in Italian. It's only appropriate, then, that owner Lina Maffei sees her Euro-style salon as a friendly gathering place where clients are greeted with a warm smile and personal attention befitting of a good friend. Lina's been in the industry for nearly three decades, and with the help of her talented staff of stylists and colorists, she's created a space ripe for personal transformation. That could come via a cut or a change of hair color, a dramatic new makeup regimen, or a keratin treatment to straighten locks that refuse to acknowledge gravity. Salon Amici also offers bridal and special-event services, and favors products by Goldwell, Matrix, and DermOrganic.
If most people decided their career path as children, we would be overrun with unemployed wizards, quarterbacks, and pony firefighters. But for Rosario Domicoli, the restaurant industry beckoned at age 13. In the years that followed, he's opened a few restaurants of his own. His latest is the eponymous Domicoli's Ristorante & Lounge, a Southern-style Italian eatery with a robust menu of pastas, steaks, chicken, and veal dishes.
In the dining room, ornate mirrors line the walls, curved at the top to resemble arched door frames. Throughout the week, specials honor members of the community, such as servicemen and women, teachers, and costumed superheroes. Friday nights host performances from the likes of saxophonist Hunter Hayes, and Saturday nights feature jubilant karaoke sessions.
There are very few worries at Blotique Blowdry Bar. That isn't only due to the glasses of pink bubbly staff place in clients' hands as soon as they arrive. It's also because the house stylists don't provide irreversible salon services such as cuts or color treatments. Instead, they work with the hair's current state to create well-groomed and salon-quality styles?no scissors, dye, or texturizing required. Using a round brush, a blow dryer, and a few styling tools, they mold and shape hair into one of their six signature blowouts, which range from big, loose curls to shiny, straight locks and carefree, tousled waves. With proper care, these styles can last for days or until work at the wind tunnel starts to take a toll.
Ask for razor cutting or a flat-iron finish at some salons and you'll be politely told they don't do that there. But at Mauro Tollis Salon Hair Colour Group it would be no problem. That's because the salon's stylists engage in continuing education to keep up with the latest in cutting and styling hair. From Japanese straightening treatments to the Bio Ionic Kerasmooth keratin service, the salon is plugged into new and trendy techniques.
Ever since she was introduced to tattooing on her 21st birthday, Tiffany Perez has drawn on her fine-art drawing background to create stunning body art. In addition to inking celebs including James Ihedigbo of the Baltimore Ravens and R&B singer Omarion, her designs earned her a spot on the Oxygen Channel program Best Ink. These days, she practices her craft alongside equally skilled artists and budding apprentices at her very own studio, Ink Gallery. Here, sample of tattoo art adorn a minimalist space where Tiffany and her crew render everything from cursive script and seahorses to realistic portraits of pop culture icons such as The Notorious B.I.G.
Therapy Nails & Spa treats its guests to a litany of luxurious spa treatments. Massage therapists promote deep relaxation with reflexology sessions, and aestheticians curb uni-brows with precise eyebrow waxing. Nail specialists, meanwhile, pamper finger and toe tips with expert mani-pedis that might end with a fresh coat of traditional polish, French color gel, or a tiny slice of cucumber applied to each digit.