Indulge in the Ultimate Self-Care Day in Durham

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Enlist a few of our Best of Durham winners and treat yourself to facials, shopping, ice cream, drinks and more

Woman getting her hair cut smiling at Posh the Salon.
Posh The Salon junior stylist Sinuhe Pina Gomez styles client Tricia Depue’s hair.
Indio owner Wendy Sease in front of her store.
Indio owner Wendy Sease curates an array of beautiful things for the mind, body and home at her Brightleaf Square shop.

By Morgan Cartier Weston | Photography by John Michael Simpson

Start by reaching out to one of our readers’ favorite cleaning services, like Lucie’s Home Services or Natural Zen Cleaning, to care for your home while you’re out for the day. And why not have your car cleaned, detailed and/or serviced, too? Spiffy comes to you! Begin this indulgent day with a soothing massage at Auroraflow followed by a haircut or facial at Posh The Salon.

Once you’re feeling refreshed and looking your best, stick around Brightleaf Square to do a little shopping at Mode Consignment Boutique, Hamilton Hill Jewelry, Mill & Meadow and Indio (be sure to pick up some Lo & Behold products there, which you’ll be glad to have later!).

Lo & Behold skin care products in Indio.
Lo & Behold skin care products are made in Durham from local, organic ingredients

Recharge with a nourishing lunch at The Refectory Cafe, Happy + Hale or Pure Soul, then invigorate your body and jump into an afternoon class at Arrichion Hot Yoga + Circuit Training or Neighborhood Barre Durham. Treat yourself afterward to Two Roosters Ice Cream or a crisp beer at Hi-Wire Brewing to reward your efforts (you earned it!).

Two mannequins dressed in sweaters and skirts between shoe rack in Mode Consignment.
Mode’s high-end consignment collection is one of many great shopping opportunities in Brightleaf Square.
The hand of an off-camera person scooping a spoonful of Two Rooster ice cream from an ice cream cup.
Two Roosters Ice Cream at Golden Belt offers a rotating menu of creative seasonal flavors – it’s always worth going for that second scoop!
Spread of Mediterranean tapas and vegetables from Saladelia.
Saladelia’s party platters will please even the pickiest eaters, with options ranging from Mediterranean tapas to cheese boards to Southern chicken tenders.

If you have kids, order dinner for the fam from some of our first-rate restaurant caterers, like Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken, Foster’s Market or Saladelia Cafe & Catering (the latter’s new location on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard is also perfect for alfresco dining in the summer). Then grab a grown-up meal for yourself downtown at Viceroy or COPA, our readers’ top overall restaurants with their fave chefs. End this marvelous day on a high note with a nightcap at Annexe or Queeny’s before heading to bed. Relax in your pristine abode, and try out your new skin care routine from Lo & Behold before slipping into a restful slumber.


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Morgan Weston

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