Shiny Boots of Leather

My ebay Doc Martens are thanking me profusely, now that I’ve finally visited Flonzo at A Cut Above The Rest barbershop! Located on Carson Ave. in Downtown Las Vegas, you’ll find the resident shoeshine expert working his magic behind a beaded curtain in the back of the shop. I’m not kidding when I tell you $5 (plus tip!) has never brought this quasi-goth feetishist so much joy.

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Flonzo's skills.

Flonzo’s skills.

Your humble narrator and her shiny docs.

Your humble narrator, loving life. (Photo by Flonzo)

Shiny, shiny.

Shiny, shiny.

Telephone: 702-477-7557
Email: Info@ACutAboveTheRestDowntown.com
Address: 616 E. Carson Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89101

Gettin’ Perky with Indiegogo

Feetish Spa Parlor will be offering natural nail manicures and pedicures this spring! Here’s your chance to have a bit of fun (nail goddesses willing!) while helping the process along.

Please check out my Indiegogo campaign here, and know that I greatly appreciate any and all forms of support: tweets, Facebook shares, contributions, and kind words. There are some pretty awesome perks available to contributors, including many services you’ve already come to rely on from Downtown Las Vegas’s best little 140-square-foot day spa.

Thanks in advance, you wonderful people, you. ❤

Being Neighborly: Geoff the Accountant

I first met Geoff Geever at Feetish Spa Parlor’s Holiday Karaoke Brie Feast this past December. In a matter of minutes, my new 2nd floor neighbor had won the hearts of every comic book geek in attendance with his appreciation for the fiction of Neil Gaiman, and for his Superman socks (with attached capes). It was at this moment that Geoff was officially declared The Most Awesome CPA In All The Land.

Geoff works for RWCo CPAs. He’s quite hilarious, and from what I can deduce, pretty damn good at doing taxes. His office is right down the hall from me. You two should meet.

Geoff’s Contact Info:

(702) 728-5129

geoffreyg@rwcocpas.com

on the 2nd floor of Emergency Arts!

My 2nd floor neighbor Geoff, hard at work.

My 2nd floor neighbor Geoff, hard at work.

 

 

An Anniversary Thank YOU!

I probably should’ve posted this earlier, if only to let you guys know there would be an unlimited supply of leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate in my office all day, and that you really ought to help me devour it. But at any rate, four large boxes of rejected holiday candy later, I can say I made it through Feetish Spa Parlor’s first anniversary with a huge grin on my face.

So thank you! Thank you for buying incense and soap and perfume oils; for seeking out your Dermalogica skin care products in the most unlikely building in town; for trusting me enough to allow yourselves to be locked in a dark room with a slightly odd spa nerd for extended periods of time; for seeing value in what I do; and for being the appreciative, adventurous, supportive, amazing people who make it possible for me to do all this great stuff and enjoy every minute of it.

Love,

Andrea

For you. Thanks.

For you. Thanks.

Boba Tease Me

A sweet, creamy beverage. Ice. Substantial tapioca balls. A sizeable straw.

This is why I love boba tea! (In the event you ever want to surprise me with one, Thai tea is my favorite — but don’t get me wrong, any boba tea or slush is entirely crushworthy.) It also explains why I was so excited when I learned that ChillSpot in the Downtown Container Park (at Fremont & 7th, Downtown Las Vegas, just slightly east of Emergency Arts & Feetish Spa Parlor) serves boba tea, coffee, and slushes in a variety of flavors. Sure, they’ll make you a hot chocolate, shave ice, milkshake, or any number of other delightful treats, but boba is what brings this weirdo to the yard.

My boba fetish. (Thai tea with boba, mango coconut slush with boba, and [boba-free but equally delicious] halo-halo.)

My Boba Fetish. (Thai tea with boba, mango coconut slush with boba, and [boba-free but equally delicious] halo-halo.)

ChillSpot is run by some of the friendliest crafters of custom-made-with-love frozen confections you’ll ever meet. Their little shop is located on the first floor of the Container Park, right behind the elevator with the clock on top. (I’m convinced a booming voice should bellow “Time for boba!” on the hour, every hour, but this is probably why I’ve never been asked to run a container park.)

Where it is.

Where it is.

Hey, look! Here’s their menu. 🙂

Manicures + Pedicures…Coming Soon to Feetish Spa Parlor!

“I would love to be able to go someplace on Fremont East to get a good pedi!”

“Downtown Las Vegas needs more nail salons!”

“Why aren’t there nail salons on Fremont Street?”

“Why aren’t there nail salons in the Ogden?”

(OK, so I haven’t actually heard anyone utter the last one, but I’ll bet my paraffin wax heater it’s been discussed behind closed doors.)

The second floor of Emergency Arts at 520 East Fremont Street houses Feetish Spa Parlor (among other wonderful things). The building is a two minute walk from the Las Vegas Blvd. end of the Fremont Street Experience, or from Zappos headquarters, or a one minute walk from a certain high-rise apartment building. And guess what! Sometime during the spring of 2014, Feetish Spa Parlor will begin offering these incredible, much-talked-about nail services!

Stay tuned…

I’m Embarrassed To Ask: Facials

Problem: Dryness. Dullness. Nasty breakouts. Pores the size of manholes.

Solution: Get a facial.

“But what happens during a facial?” This question (or a similar version) has been asked countless times throughout the ages, most often by people who would probably feel more comfortable spending the day at the office, in the restroom, or with a Playstation controller in hand — versus spending it at the spa. I’m certain that even more people just smile and nod, not wanting to admit to not knowing something that even a beauty school graduate can speak about with an air of authority.

Most facials follow a multi-step formula that goes something like this:

Step 1 – Cleansing. A facial cleanser specific to your skin’s unique condition is used to remove surface dirt, oil, makeup, and other caca. This step can include the application of eye makeup remover if needed. In Feetish Spa Parlor’s facials, a double cleanse is performed to make sure your skin is extra sparkly fresh.

Step 2 – Exfoliation. Exfoliants can be physical (like a gritty scrub), or chemical (like an acidic peel). Some exfoliating products use both methods simulatneously. Your skin type will dictate the type of exfoliant used during your facial, and if you’re using serious acne meds, most chemical exfoliants would not be a good fit for you. An exfoliant will remove the outermost layers of dead cells from your skin, which allows other products to work more effectively, and helps to clear up blemishes and brighten dull skin. (And no, this does not hurt.)

Step 3 – Extractions. This optional step involves the manual cleaning of pores, removing the buildup that contributes to blackhead and pimple proliferation.

Step 4 – Massage. Head. Face. Neck. ‘Nuff said.

Step 5 – Mask. A custom mask will be used to further treat any skin conditions or related challenges you’re facing. Don’t worry, it’s not like a hockey mask or Hannibal Lecter mask; it’s a soothing product that’s massaged onto the skin and left on for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.

Step 6 – Moisturization. An eye cream is applied in the eye area, and lip balm is applied to the lips. A customized moisturizer is applied to the face and neck, and is massaged into the skin. Simple!

Keep in mind that this entire process includes a whole lot of yummy massage strokes and warm, steamed towel applications. If this sounds like a little slice of heaven, pick up the phone and book a facial today! (Further questions, silly or not, are most certainly encouraged.)