Ah Sing Den
1100 E. 6th St., East Austin
Ah Sing Den is a newish discovery for us. The only appropriate descriptor for the Mickie Spencer–designed space is: beautiful. It is just beautiful. Nostalgic wooden shutters, round marble tables so small you can easily lean over to your date and whisper. Contrasting textures, like plush velvet, leather, and brass finishes, add to the elegant, romantic vibe. The kitchen serves up food—we’d like to suggest the dumplings—that you’ll want to pair with a cocktail and stay past…whenever o’clock.
The Spa at The Joule
1530 Main St., Downtown
The sleek subterranean spa beneath the Joule hotel is amazing for both traditional and experimental facials. Go early for the steam room—which has a giant amethyst, thought to encourage tranquility, shining in the corner—plus the sauna, showers, and a body-temperature pool with jets that gently massage the skin, encouraging circulation and lymphatic drainage. Facials here combine Tata Harper’s ultradeluxe, super effective products with microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, and face massage.
Cherry is an on-demand platform that offers classic and gel manicures and pedicures throughout Dallas. It’s the brainchild of three Texans, Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd and rewardStyle’s Amber Venz Box and Baxter Box. Services are waterless, and technicians come armed with ten popular Essie shades, though you’re welcome to provide your own. (Basic treatments start at $15.) Everything, from the choice of service to the location and tip, is handled through Cherry’s user-friendly app.
1701 S. Shepherd Dr., Montrose
This spa's holistic energy combines traditional Japanese and Egyptian treatments with a little bit of Southern hospitality.
2005 W. Gray St., River Oaks
This cycling studio is, in a word, remarkable. The highly trained instructors give you the benefit of intense, focused attention for forty minutes of heart-rate-pumping pedaling.
2303 Dunlavy St., Montrose
Instructor and studio owner Robert Boustany combines his forty years of experience teaching and practicing yoga into a specially crafted practice he calls Pralaya.
Phoenix Rising Acupuncture
2202 W. Alabama St., Greenway/Upper Kirby
Licensed acupuncturist Lori J. Earley thinks of the human body as "just the tip of the iceberg" when it comes to balancing her patients' discomfort and pain.
714 Yale St., Uptown
Maryam Naderi introduced Houston to the nontoxic manicure in 2016 with Paloma, the very first salon in the city to ditch the chemicals for five-free nail polish (formulas that contain no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, resin, or camphor).
milk + honey
2800 Kirby Dr., Greenway/Upper Kirby
If you're in need of a wax, a fast facial, a mani-pedi, or just about any self-care moment you can imagine, Milk + Honey is the spot.
Steel City Pops
420 E. 20th St., The Heights
Disguised as a throwback to the ice pops of your youth, Steel City pops are actually a serious upgrade.
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