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A jelly mixture, which includes mineral salts, provides a skin-softening soak
Mary Chao

MAC is back

After closing its only department store makeup counter at Macy’s at Marketplace Mall in February, MAC opened this past week at Eastview Mall’s Macy’s.

The cosmetics company with the business motto of professional makeup for all races, all ages and all sexes opened its new store within a store. The previous store within Macy’s Marketplace Mall closed as the department store closed the site in Henrietta. The Marketplace Mall is currently in the process of transitioning into an outlet mall.

I decided to test out their motto with a diverse group: my biracial daughter and my African-American friend Tysharda Thomas along with myself. In my youth, it was extremely difficult to find makeup that complemented my Asian features and skin tones because cosmetics companies catered to the majority. But it’s now easier to find products and MAC is a leader in that movement.

Leslie Thompson, the MAC manager at Macy’s, helped select foundations and colors for the three of us, each with different needs. Professional makeup artists on hand to help with the selection process and makeovers free of charge. There’s a large table with tester products encouraging customers to play with the line and a selfie light with the perfect lighting for an after makeover picture.

The best selling product in the MAC line is its Ruby Woo red lipstick, priced at $17.50.  

The Eastview Mall Macy’s store is the only MAC counter at a department store in the Rochester region. There is also a MAC store at Scott Miller Pittsford.

What’s a jelly pedi?

Continuing with the makeover theme in Coming and Goings this week, a popular beauty treatment is now available in Rochester.

Tysharda Thomas, who follows beauty trends with a hawkish eye, told me about the jelly pedicure. It’s the latest beauty craze in larger cities favored by celebrities. A sea salt mixture that turns water into jelly with extracts that are supposed to soften the skin.

LeVa Nail Salon at 1796 Monroe Ave. in Brighton recently started offering the service. It’s an extra $10 on top of the pedicure cost and the nail tech works on your feet to massage in the jelly mixture.

Here’s how it works.  A mineral sea salt mixture is poured into the foot tub that turns the warm water into jelly-like warm mush. You may select options such as lavender, honey and milk or green tea. I opted for lavender.

As the warm water turns into jelly, the nail tech massages it into your feet and lower legs. The massage alone is worth the extra $10. 

After the massage and soak, the pedicure process begins. Once your foot is scraped and nails clipped. It goes back into the tub for a jelly soak. The soak is warm and squishy on your feet. The jelly mixture retains the heat of the water and exfoliates the skin. It’s great for the colder weather ahead as there’s nothing better than a warm squishy foot soak when it’s chilly out. A packet of powder is poured into the tub to dissolve the jelly after the soak and your foot is then rinsed off and dried.   

 

The jelly pedicure is also available locally at Young Nails, 1225 Jefferson Road in Henrietta and Plum Nails, 660 W. Ridge Road in Rochester. I’m told that the jelly pedicure is not new, it’s been around, it’s just new to Rochester. Much like the Thai fried roll ice cream trend that just rolled into Rochester. 

Another interesting pedicure treatment that I noticed in our travels: Fish pedicure. During our stop to Cozumel, Mexico, women lined up for fish pedicures on the beach. Live little fish are in the clear bowl and they supposedly eat away the dead skin.

That is one beauty treatment I have no interest in trying.       

Food galore in Brighton

Brighton, home to the new jelly pedicure at LeVa salon, will soon be home to new eateries. 

Brighton town supervisor Bill Moehle confirmed that the healthy fast casual chain CoreLife Eatery has received all permits for opening at the space that was once the Brighton post office.  

“It’s a great healthy eating concept,” Moehle said.

The building has been empty since Sabra Grill moved to 1855 Monroe Ave. last year. Yolickity closed at the end of 2015. It had opened as The Meeting Place with the intention of the space being a gathering spot for businesses and neighbors, but the concept never took off. The Bagel Bin Cafe was a popular gathering place, but it closed in 2011.

The company is working on one more upgrade request and hope to open during the first quarter of 2018, said CoreLife founder Todd Mansfield. It will occupy the entire building that encompasses over 5,400 square feet and will have a separate meeting room area.

The demographics of Brighton is ideal for the CoreLife concept, Mansfield said, noting that it’s a population that’s active with disposable income.  

 

The eatery specializes in healthy grain bowls and bone broth with noodles while selecting your own toppings. There are three other locations in the Rochester area: Webster, Henrietta and Greece.

Also on tap at Twelve Corners in Brighton is the Mexican fast casual chain Qdoba. Moehle said the company has received its permits to construct at the site that will be situated near the ESL building at 1881 Monroe Ave. near Aja Noodle Co. and across from the proposed CoreLife. Qdoba has locations in Penfield and Rochester’s CityGate with another slated to open in Henrietta.

Brighton has a diverse array of food offerings, Moehle said. In the Twelve Corners area, there’s Sabra Grill, Panera Bread, Great Harvest and Joe’s Brooklyn Pizza as well as the smaller bagel shops. 

Bargain of the week

Do you have a lot of kids and teens to dress for back to school? This is the sale for you.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, CrazyDog T-shirts at 21 Humboldt St. in Rochester is going a little crazy by offering a sale of $10 to fill an entire tote bag up with its surplus T-shirts. Normally, these T-shirts sell for $15 and up.

The warehouse is bursting at the seams with hundreds of T-shirts, so the sale will help get rid of the surplus and help a good cause. Half of the proceeds will go to benefit the Willow Domestic Violence Center of Greater Rochester.

The company known for its funny T-shirts will be breaking out the kiddie pools between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., filling them with all of the extra T-shirts in a variety of sizes so customers can pool dive for the deals. Just purchase the tote for $10 and stuff it with as many shirts as possible. There will be youth S-XL, women S-2XL, men S-5XL, maternity, toddler, and infant apparel available. Cash only.

Crazy Dog operations manager Pete Borelli says it’s a way to capature some of the crowds in the Neighborhood of the Arts during the Clothesline Festival.

If you’re headed to Clothesline, there will be deals galore as the Gallery store marks down its merchandise that weekend for a sidewalk sale, with artisan jewelry, pottery and more. Many artists also have discontinued items on sale at the two-day festival.

Mary Chao is the retail and real estate reporter at Democrat and Chronicle. Email her with tips at MCHAO@Gannett.com