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Versatile barmaid is now a Garbo girl!

— Kristin Kronafel mixes a marvelous mojito, but she also rolls out a hot poultice massage.

The Retreat barmaid now works a second job as a licensed massage therapist at Garbo’s Salon & Spa, 732 S. Crouse Ave., on the Syracuse University Hill.

While standard therapeutic massages remain popular, Kris takes her hands-on work to new levels with hot stones, green tea and lavender linen wraps and detoxifying mud wraps. Besides relaxing muscles, Kris polishes skin with a pomegranate sea salt body scrub and detoxifies skin with a caffeine-infused sugar scrub. Sounds delicious!

Then there’s the hot poultice massage. Kris uses a moist-hot herbal ball from Thailand to decrease inflammation and release tension or spasm in muscles.

“The scent of the steamed herbs is very relaxing as well,” she says.

Prices range from $40 for a standard 30-minute massage to $95 for the hot poultice treatment. Eight-dollar add-ons — such as hot towels, aromatherapy and hand or foot paraffin wrappings — are a real bargain.

Garbo’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 422-6007; GarboSalonandSpa.com.

Squeaky clean

My Sept. 5 column on squeaky doors at village businesses received plenty of response. I’m proud to say my inky urgings resulted in the quieting of at least one of the offending hinges. At Emerald Cleaners, co-owner Shawn Liggett swiftly silenced his front door at 309 Vine St.

At Nichols Supermarket on First Street, owner Mike Hennigan called in a contractor to rid the store’s entrance of its incessant whine, but as of last weekend, the automatic door continued to squeal whenever it opened and closed.

Meanwhile, Ophelia’s Place founder Mary Ellen Clausen graciously gifted me with a trusty spray can of WD-40 and suggested “vigilante” justice. I believe I’ll start by oiling Ophelia’s creaky entryway at 407 Tulip St.

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