In 2008, Michael Price of the eponymous Salon Michaels decided to rebuild his business from the ground up. The salon, situated in a former cottage, needed revamping, and Michael wasn’t shy about throwing out the old. “He redid everything to make it more modern,” manager and stylist Ashley Varcelli says. “It’s still laid-back, but I would say [it’s] more high-end.” With modish decor and a whole new styling team, Salon Michaels delivers couture cuts and Pureology color along with spa services performed in an updated mani-pedi room. Nail technicians use OPI shades, and have such expedient access to the brand’s latest collections that Ashley says local beauty-supply stores stand in awe and local crayon boxes turn green with envy.
The gelato chef at GelatoStar draws on more than 20 years of experience when crafting Italian-style gelato and desserts with natural ingredients and fresh fruit. In addition to gelato, the chef also builds lemon strawberry tartufos and peanut butter chocolate gelato half spheres.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.