Attention, men. Yes, you, men. I know you’re out there. And I know you have, well, shall we say mixed feelings about shopping? OK, you hate shopping. Someone just came to your rescue.

On Wednesday, December 7, Spa Therapia and Triumph Brewing Company present their third annual "Men’s Night Out," from 7 to 9 p.m. At this "stress free shopping" night, men are invited to stop in and enjoy some of the spa treatments Spa Therapia offers and sample different brews from Triumph while knocking off a good portion of your holiday list.

Spa Therapia, a medically-supervised day spa, offers several lines of skin care products and cosmetics as well as spa treatments like facials, waxing, massage, salt scrubs, body wraps, microdermabrasion, pedicures, manicures, and more – you know, stuff girls crave. She’ll love you for it.

A few years ago I got a $200 gift certificate to Spa Therapia (for, let’s just say, a round-number big girl birthday), and I was so thrilled that I made it last the whole year, with three different treatments over three visits.

This gift-giving season Spa Therapia is recommending gift certificates for its Signature Massage: 50 minutes, $75; 70 minutes, $95; 90 minutes, $125. This is a personalized massage experience incorporating Swedish techniques and other modalities to focus on specific trouble areas. A Signature Massage is created by you and your therapist for the ultimate experience.

Another option is the Ultimate Customized Facial, 65 minutes for $105. It begins with an expert skin analysis, followed by intense cleansing, toning, exfoliating with papaya and pineapple enzymes, extractions, massage, masking, and treatment creme chosen specifically for your skin type. The Ultimate also includes a scalp, hands, and foot massage.

As a special holiday promotion, every gift certificate comes with an eight-ounce lotion from the spa’s new line of private label skin care products called Results by Spa Therapia.

Combining the finest formulas, highest standards, and the latest techniques for anti-aging, these products are designed to facilitate total wellness and beauty. The line includes O2 Rejuvenating Creme, Willow Herb Soothing Serum, Derma Pore Cleanser, Spot Fix, and Vitamin C Serum.

Both the spa and the Results product line are under the supervision of Thomas A. Leach, M.D, medical director of Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery.

Spa Therapia, 932 State Road (Route 206 South), 609-921-8854,

You have a beautiful photograph or other image to share with a friend or work colleague. To ensure your gift isn’t diminished you should consider having the professionals at Image Arts design and custom frame your most precious images and memorabilia.

Image Arts

Image Arts, conveniently located in the Princeton Shopping Center, can provide a frame or shadow box that will highlight your photo or image for years to come.

Image Arts’ full service custom framing department offers customers more than 4,000 frame samples from numerous manufacturers, including Larson-Juhl and Roma. The expert staff will develop a creative design that works for your art, photos, and memorabilia – whether it’s building your child’s confidence by framing their artwork or displaying your favorite jersey.

"Custom framing is a great way to preserve these precious items," says owner Jim Lee.

Image Arts has many services that will make your gifts memorable. How about a family portrait from the professional photographers at Image Arts or let their graphic artists design a photo collage of a favorite vacation or a child’s sports activity. They can also restore and reproduce old family photos, which make great sentimental gifts. As Lee adds: "Image Arts is the place to go to do creative things with photos and art."

Image Arts of Princeton, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton. 609-924-8544.�038

To EY Staats For Better Hair Control

It’s a dilemma for all too many busy women professionals: The work is prepared, the wardrobe is in order, the meeting is set. Then comes major hair blowout caused by frizzy hair that just won’t stay where you want it – a problem that seems even worse in damp and cold winter weather.

But now those women can literally "head straight" to great hairstyling at EY Staats & Company on Moore Street in Princeton. Staats offers not a quick fix but rather a permanent smoothing system known as Opti-Smooth. This heat-based method has been touted as "a breakthrough" in straightening unruly hair.

Elaine Staats already is getting positive feedback from satisfied clients. "I can walk in the rain," says one. "It’s changed my life."

Says another happy Opti-Smooth client, a financial analyst who previously had to spend an hour every day blow-drying her hair and 15 minutes every other day flat-ironing it: "My hair is silky-soft and straight every morning. I wash it twice a week and let it dry naturally. It comes out pin straight every time."

The best news of all about the Opti-Smooth permanent smoothing system is that EY Staats offers a 20 percent introductory discount now through Friday, December 16. A consultation is required – please call to reserve your time so that you can begin enjoying the benefits of this breakthrough service in advance of the busy holiday season.

Remember: Head straight to Staats for great hair styling.

EY Staats & Company Haircutters, 10 Moore Street, Princeton. 609-924-6696. Open Monday through Saturday.

Comfort & Joy: Rx for Feet

I went through a phase a number of years ago where I bought everyone shoes for presents. Now that, pardon the pun, was thinking outside the box. I was the smash hit of Christmas morning.

Buy really comfortable shoes, and you’ve hit pay dirt. Ask anyone who wears Birkenstock shoes and they are likely to tell you they are the most comfortable shoes they own. The 200-year-old company has reshaped its image with the addition of enclosed shoes and boots. "A lot of people are curious about Birkenstock," says Steppin’ Birkenstock owner Jimmy Jimenez. "People have a perception of Birkenstock as a clunky clog or the Arizona sandal but they’re that and a whole lot more. We’ve had lots of three-generation families as customers, even four generations."

Jiminez also attributes the Birkenstock allure to the popularity of other comfortable shoes that have reached fashionista status, like the ultra-trendy Ugg boot.

One of the most popular Birkenstock styles this season is the Boston clog, which features a footbed made of natural cork and latex, with a suede liner. Four arch supports and a heel cup insure that your feet are supported and your spine perfectly aligned at all times. A toe bar in the front of the clog gives your toes an anchor to prevent slippage and strain on your feet. The sole is an EVA foam similar to what is used in athletic shoes. The Boston clog comes in suede, leather, and nubuck, in taupe, mocha, black, brown, white, and other colors. Birkenstock has even come out with a "Softbed" Boston clog, similar to the classic clog but with an extra layer of natural latex and a microfiber upper for those feet that need a little extra loving care.

Jiminez recommends a pair of Boston clogs or another Birkenstock style for a gift – or a gift certificate. In addition to shoes, sandals, and boots, the store also carries insoles, arch supports, cashmere socks, and kids clogs.

Steppin’ Birkenstock, 12 Chambers Street, Princeton, 609-921-8411; 530 Union Square Drive, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 215-862-9800.

Spirits Soar at Princeton Airport

What child hasn’t looked into the sky and wished that he or she could fly with the birds – or even with the planes. Harry Potter has his broom, but other kids have their classic "bomber jackets."

Princeton Airport’s Pilots’ Shoppe offers great looking jackets in kids’ sizes that are faithful reproductions of the classic jacket, complete with simulated fleece collar. They are sturdily made with many special touches that make it unique, including airplane zipper pull and authentic aviation patches.

This is a gift that is sure to bring a smile to your youngster’s face, and to all the adults in their life. Sizes range from infant on up – prices start at just $39.99.

Raritan Valley Flying School and Princeton Airport, Route 206, Princeton. 609-921-3100.

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