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Metropolis Spa and Salon in Princeton, NJ, takes a holistic approach to wellness. The award-winning spa includes nine private treatment rooms, a Vichy shower and three serene lounge areas. Massage therapists practice the art of Ayurveda, fusing its ancient holistic practices with traditional Western massage techniques. "It's really an amazing treatment; everybody loves it," says Maria Gonzales, an Ayurvedic therapist and esthetician who has trained extensively at schools specializing in Ayurvedic treatments. Owner Theresa Cerf is a hairdresser who started her career at Glemby International in Philadelphia before moving on to Thunder Hair in Rittenhouse Square. Then, in 1994, she moved to Princeton and brought her big-city smarts with her. To keep things fresh and edgy, Cerf continues to hone her skills by taking advantage of education offered both stateside and abroad. Still, she is savvy enough to know that while skills can get you there, it's the customers who keep you there. That's why unparalleled customer care is so important to her. She's also got the area's only "natural light" color studio, which enables her colorists to create gorgeous multidimensional haircolor. "Our goal is to create beautiful, believable color that complements each client's eye color and skin tone," says Cerf, who was one of the first salon owners in the country to work with INOA, L'Oréal Professionnel's new permanent, ammonia-free haircolor. —M.D.


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