|By City Pulse|
There’s a red felt pool table, a terrarium, a snack machine and monitors pumping out the latest R&B hits (or vintage episodes of “In Living Color”) — and there are also some skilled barbers who are always in the mood to give you a killer cut with a little bit of lively conversation on the side. Affordable prices, speedy service, an atmosphere of friendliness and fun make this barbershop a cut above the rest. 2003 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 702-0636.
You’ve been part in charge of the food for your son’s big graduation celebration and you know the guests will expect something more than chicken fingers and tater tots. What to do? Call Troppo. They’ll whip up dishes of sweet and sour salmon, tender strands of fried calamari (with just a hint of tantalizing spice), savory pork cutlets served atop creamy-cheesy rotini and roast duck and figs nestled in a bed of greens and goat cheese. As Julia Child might say, “Bon appetit!” 120 North Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 371-4000.
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When you want to start the new season with a new look or a new attitude, there’s nothing like indulging in a little spring cleaning of your own. Whether it’s a permanent wave, a wrinkle-reducing facial or a stress-relieving hot stone massage, Douglas J is happy to help. Still stuffy from being cooped up all winter? Try a sinus cleansing treatment. Tired of flaky dry skin? Enjoy an exfoliating Caribbean Body Therapy treatment. This is the third time Douglas J has won in this category. 4663 Ardmore Ave., Okemos. (517) 349-0430.