The creators of the Graffiti Run use the term “run” very loosely. Less of a race, and more a celebration of the human spirit, the Graffiti Run encourages participants to dash, dance, prance, skip, cartwheel, or walk the course as they douse each other in vibrant hues that span the full spectrum. Each run also donates a portion of proceeds to a local charity, which range from Special Olympics affiliates and scholarship funds to city cleanup and beautification projects.
Happy chatter and the warm glow of honey-hued lights drift from the brick exterior of The Loft Studio for Hair, where stylists glide across dark hardwood floors, snipping strands with the latest techniques. Beneath exposed-brick walls and shelves brimming with products from Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Enjoy, black leather styling chairs twirl. Patrons grin into mirrors at the sight of extensions, highlights, and makeup, all customized to flatter their best features or differentiate one from the twin who prank calls the Hulk.
Once an actual storage facility, Packing House Wine Merchants converted the novel space into a comfortable wine bar, shop, and lounge stocked with high-quality vintages from around the world. Silky libations like the Godspeed cabernet from Napa Valley ($11 per glass) seduce the senses with a complex balance of black cherry infusions, mineral hints, and spices. Opt for the chilled sweetness of Germany's Armand Kabinett riesling ($7.50 per glass) and be rewarded with the mingled pleasures of apricot, musk, melon, mango, and brown-spiced persimmon. The adventurous and mathematically inclined can pair a thematic tasting, each with two to six samples ($5–$17), with one of four specialty cheese plates ($15 each) for an endless permutation of tasty tippling. Packing House also offers live music entertainment on Saturdays to entertain the wine while it awaits its inevitable fate.
Transform your wine technique from a semi-inspired slosh to a proper swirl by traversing a variety of distinct wine blends at WineStyles. The shop hosts a range of rare reds and whites at each tasting. And because WineStyles specializes in hard-to-find wines from vineyards large and small, you'll be sure to shake tongues with a few blends for the very first time.
In the Dark Ages, princesses exfoliated with Fabergé egg dust and filed fingernails on the edges of gold doubloons. Revel in more modern and effective beauty luxury with today's deal. For $20, you get $50 worth of haute lotions, body washes, conditioners, and bath crystals from Bath Junkie in Claremont.
Soothe skin with evening primrose face cream (around $22 for a large) or tingly peppermint and tea tree foot lotion (around $12 for a small). Bath Junkie's array of body washes, scented sprays, bath crystals, pet pampering products, household cleansers, and lotions are customizable by scent or tint. Play with unexpected color and fragrance combinations, or imitate antique recipes from flea market tin-can phones. Every product is suitable for sensitive skin and almost always paraben- and SLS-free.
Bath Junkie's expert staff members are not only glamour alchemists, but also beauty boxers who know how to knock out unattractiveness and sweep it from the ring like clipped hair on a barber's floor. Like a grizzled trainer brimming with hope, aphorisms, and puke-inducing training tips, the staff will help you find your perfect face and body gloves like a heavyweight hitter his ideal pummeling mits.
Take a look at what New York magazine, Allure magazine, and Associated Content are saying about Bath Junkie:
- Scrubs, lotions, hand washes, body mists, and more can be customized to individual specifications—and tested out over the store’s basin sinks—with a selection of essential oils ranging from common citrus and floral scents to unusual aromas like dirt or Chardonnay. – Randi Eichenbaum, New York
- You pick a base product (a body scrub, lotion, bath oil, or shower gel) and then go crazy customizing it. You get to pick from 15 different tints, then choose from over 200 different scents, and they blend it up for you like Home Depot blends paint. – Kayleigh Donahue, Allure
- Bath Junkie is an innovative store for people who love bath and body products, or for those looking for a unique gift for a friend. – Sari Hardyal, Associated Content