Pulse: Style: New and Now
A Doggie Day Spa
Just off bustling Lancaster Avenue in Wayne sits a new sanctuary for sore muscles, tense minds and weary … paws? Ah, yes, Dogma, which opened in October, is a full-service salon and day spa for canines, where Fido can seek respite in aromatherapy, full-body massages, hot oil treatments, spa baths and, naturally, “paw”-dicures. Owner, dog-lover and Philly native Linda Barsamian has spared no expense: Her retreat features French doors, crystal sconces and a glittering chandelier. But Barsamian, a former child therapist, knows that a dog’s well-being is more than fur-deep: Her treatment facility also employs a chiropractor and an acupuncturist to ease chronic discomfort, and a rehabilitation therapist who’ll work with pets on a state-of-the-art underwater treadmill. “Dogs give so much to their owners,” says Barsamian. “I wanted them to have a place they could go to feel good, too.” — Jenna Bergen
105 North Aberdeen Avenue, Wayne, 610-341-DOGS; dogmadogspa.com.
Test Drive: The Backcial
WHAT: A facial for your back.
HOW IT WORKS: You lie half-naked and face-down on a massage table as a backcial-ist attacks your gnarliness with a tingly “enzyme bath” and a rotating brush, then removes ingrown hairs, blackheads, oil deposits and other forms of “bacne” with a super-sterile, um, pimple-popper.
THE PROS: The beat-down is followed by a 15-minute back massage and soothing applications of toning tonic, hot towels and moisturizer.
THE CONS: Some mild, needling pain. And some mild, needling emasculation.
THE VERDICT: Straight men aren’t supposed to care if their backs are soft and clean, but thanks to the unfortunately named backcial, mine is. And I like it.
PRICE: $75 at Francesco & Giovanni, 72 South Trooper Road, Norristown; 610-539-2887. — Victor Fiorillo
WHAT’S IN STORE
The hautest goods — and where to get them
Robinson Luggage has expanded its Center City showroom—and upped the ante in stock, too: Check out Michael Kors’s animal-print handbags, Johnston & Murphy’s leather business cases and Vera Bradley’s new luggage line. And Cole Haan’s bouclé satchels and hobos are the perfect finishing touches for your fall wardrobe.
Robinson Luggage, 201 South Broad Street; 215-735-9859.
Stock up on bling at Neiman Marcus on November 3rd and 4th when Slane & Slane hosts its fall trunk show. New to NM, Slane & Slane features bold silver and 18-karat gold earrings, necklaces, brooches and rings designed with semiprecious stone accents and ranging from $125 to $10,000. Gwyneth and Madonna are fans.
Neiman Marcus, the Plaza at King of Prussia; 610-354-0500.
Now open on Jenkintown’s quaint stretch of Route 611 is Tulips, featuring women’s lingerie and intimate apparel. There are silk Claire Pettibone peignoirs, colorful Josie bathrobes, and marabou-adorned slippers from Jacques Levine, as well as Cosabella thongs, Simone Perele’s bustiers and Jane Woolrich’s corsets.
Tulips, 419 Old York Road, Jenkintown; 215-887-6363.
— Blake Miller