Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
Captained by Dr. James Young, the Goldfingers Skin Care staff fills the salon-style space with the latest in ultramodern med-spa and anti-aging technologies. Aestheticians enhance skin with treatments ranging from exfoliating microdermabrasion and chemical peels to permanent makeup application and laser hair removal. In private rooms, skilled massage therapists ease spinal pain with effulgent strokes and gentle nuzzles from resident kittens.
Mirrors line the walls of La Coupe Hair Salon’s sleek, modern styling room. At a long row of minimalist stations, stylists create classic and trendy hairstyles to complement clients’ unique faces. A flat-screen television presides over the snipping and curling action from above, which is also the direction most likely to harbor a glob of hair gel drooping from the ceiling.
The talented stylists and spa technicians at Ciao Bella Salon renovate scalpscapes and bodies with expert skill. During each cut, stylists personally consult with clients to choose a classic 'do, current trend, or future unicorn horn. Luxurious shampoos and blow-drying pamper hardworking head threads, and a manicure appeases jealous fingers. A smoothing application of Brazilian keratin tames straying strands, keeping hairs straight and bringing home good report cards for two weeks to four months.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I offer an upscale shop for men of all ages. We offer the best haircuts in town. Low prices, online scheduling, and a huge variety of services. I'm the only barber/stylist, meaning you'll get consistent service every time. You will never feel out of place here.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My motivation for this business comes from past frustrations with chain salons/barber shops, inexperienced stylists, long wait times for services, lack of knowledge on latest styles, and impersonal feels. Also a need for a full-service salon/barber shop.
What do you love most about your job?
I take pride in being a business providing a multitude of services for men and children. My clients' happiness is of the utmost importance to me. I have never had to turn a client away for lack of services. The look on my clients' faces when they see the finished product is priceless.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"You are my new barber!"