What More Could a Girl Want?
Perfect gifts, fantastic hair, healthy body
photographs by Bob Capazzo
No time to hunt for the perfect gift? Judy Banker at tangerine has the best ideas all wrapped up. In her small-but-colorful shop, this present pro and former co-owner of Lola in Rye stocks a mix of vintage items, home accessories, jewelry and more. Fun seasonal picks such as graphic melamine plates, Calaisio wicker serving pieces and roomy beach bags make smart hostess gifts while popular wedding presents include hand-blown glasses, vintage pitchers and Emma Bridgewater pottery. “Color is big with my customers,” says Judy, who loves collecting vintage items. “I’ve added home furnishings too because a lot of decorators walk this block.” What to get for the friend who has everything? Check out the Evocateur gold cuffs adorned with vintage pins or the “Corkcicle,” a mold for creating an icicle that keeps a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc perfectly chilled. 19A East Putnam Ave. 203-622-7022
A staple on the circuit of well-coiffed city gals, the blowout bar has finally caught on in Greenwich. plush blow is the place to go when you need sleek, smooth hair or a chic updo but don’t want to deal with the salon scene or trying to score a last-minute appointment with your hairdresser. No cuts, no color here, just your choice of blowout from one of five stylists who are ready to tame your mane, seven days a week. Special options include curling, quick extensions and conditioning treatments, but the basic blow takes 45 minutes or less. “The concept did so well in Rye and we had people coming in from Greenwich,” says co-owner Kristy Fidanza, who also owns Plush Salon in White Plains with her husband Anthony and their partner Mario D’Adruzzo. “We love the atmosphere here.” In the works for the Lewis Street location: a braid bar where ladies can get fishtails and other cool styles for the warmer months. Basic price is $40 per blow, $30 on Tuesdays, and the more often you go, the better the deal ($99 for three, $186 for six, etc.), so you can be night-on-the-town ready anytime. 18 Lewis Street, 203-992-1818
At mantra mind body yoga in Old Greenwich, Carla Zilka has created a space she hopes will become a one-stop destination for healthy living. Inside a building next to the Greenwich Commons, Mantra features a juice bar, changing room, two practice studios with bamboo floors, orange walls and windows overlooking a koi pond, a site where she plans to install a floating platform for outdoor classes. “Mantra is not a yoga studio, it’s a lifestyle,” says Carla. “My goal is to help people find happiness.” The slim blonde, who used to work on Wall Street, knows a thing or two about transformations, as she is also the author of Business Restructuring and a consultant to Fortune 1000 CEOs. After practicing yoga for thirteen years and also working with a health and wellness company that helped many people recover from a range of illnesses, Carla decided to turn her knack for positive change toward individuals. In addition to providing classes in six types of yoga, Mantra offers Tai Chi, nutrition counseling, self defense and Kids Yoga programs as well as Reiki and Thai massage. The mission: to help clients grow through physical exercise, good nutrition and mental health. For a list of classes, go to mantramindbody.com. 1455 East Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich, 203-990-0500