A striped awning shelters guests as they step inside The Village Salon's blue entrance room, which functions both as a reception area and an art gallery. Amid the salon proper's subdued gray walls and rustic wooden accents, a staff of experienced stylists under the direction of new management consults with customers before crafting flattering 'dos using products by Matrix, Moroccanoil, and Pureology. Meanwhile, aesthetic specialists administer purifying, age-erasing facials and meticulously cover nails with CND Shellac polish. The Village Salon also offers gift cards and packages for special occasions, such as bridal parties preparing for a wedding, couples celebrating an anniversary, or estranged clones attempting to reunite.
Technician Anita Ray believes the best route to relaxation involves natural products and techniques. She infuses elements of the outdoors into her services, heating basalt rocks for hot-stone massages, using naturally derived acids for peels, and tickling squids for cosmetic tattoo ink. To help clients to achieve desired results, Anita begins appointments with a consultation and analysis, which yields recommendations for the proper procedure and at-home care.
With three private suites, two nail bars, and a lost of salon chairs, Spa L accommodates a wealth of beauty needs from head to toe. Hairstylists equipped with trained technique and a bit of artistic vision craft hairstyles via haircuts, coloring, and straightening treatments. Technicians are also on hand for the finer touches, offering makeup applications and eyelash extensions. In the spa, the primary focus is on the skin. Skincare experts coax radiant color from the face with treatments both indulgent and rewarding. In the Sea C Spa facial, medleys of vitamin C, algae biomatrix mixes, and thermal organic mud slow down the aging process as it manifests in the face, whether through wrinkles, fine lines, or blemishes from blowing too close to birthday candles. Spa L also offers a host of manicures and pedicures as well as massages for individuals and couples.
Blue is everywhere here, from the cerulean-, azure-, and aquamarine-stained windows to the very name of Blue MedSpa. Dr. Landon McLain, medical director of the beauty haven inside the Westin hotel at Bridge Street Town Centre, helms a team of registered nurses, aestheticians, and physicians who focus on restoring youthful appearances. They use advanced equipment such as SmartLipo to reduce the appearance of cellulite, IPL laser machines for photofacials, and six types of dermal fillers to send fine lines scurrying beneath floorboards. Blue also provides traditional salon and spa services with Pureology and Redken products, as well as skincare products from iS Clinical and its own signature line. Regardless of the service, each med-spa staffer takes a holistic approach to treating clients to ensure their beauty goals are accomplished.
Gleaning her baking skills from her mother and grandmother, Gigi's Cupcakes' eponymous owner opened her first cupcake hub in 2008, drawing upon her entrepreneurial spirit and gift for crafting beautifully topped cupcakes. The franchised cupcakery now has 50 locations, each of which churns out 12 daily-rotating flavors that are made fresh every morning. The shop's selection of more than 40 flavors includes Canadian Maple, Southern Comfort, and Champagne—a bubbly-flavored base topped with an edible pearl. Patrons can pick out sweet treats from the daily selection or preorder them at least one day in advance online, by phone, or via singing telegram.
There are roughly 100,000 hairs on the average human head and master stylist Annette Joplin is an expert at wrangling them into a single stylish unit. Here, she brings more than 25 years of beauty-industry experience and continuing education to her clients, who can request a sharp, edgy, or vintage look. Skilled in handling all types of hair, she also adds pop or dimension with optional color placement before sculpting hair into new dos. Annette is also an ace with a nail file, and can decorate fingers, toes, and metal hook hands with any of the salon’s many color polishes.