Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, men there revel in a slow-paced atmosphere and contemporary services. Clients sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck and vintage facial shaves, road to recovery facials, complete with a cleansing and hot towels.
The gentle whir of blow dryers fills the air at Salon Luna as stylists create everything from simple children's cuts to glamorous hairdos. New clients and salon regulars relax, sipping from mugs of coffee, and stylists shampoo, blow-dry, style, and highlight their manes. Hair-texturizing services include keratin-infused straightening treatments, relaxers, and perms—each designed to keep hair as glossy as a celebrity sporting a new coat of carnauba wax. In addition to hair services, staff members finish off new looks with pore-cleansing facials, waxing, and manicures and pedicures enhanced with paraffin dips or whirlpool baths.
Most Popular Service: Signature seven-step facial shave
Brands Used: Aveda
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: While waiting for
service, [customers] can enjoy a beverage and watch ESPN Sportscenter.
After 30 years as a barber, Joe Grondin longed to return to the time of the casual corner barbershop. Since he couldn't travel to the past, he decided to resurrect a bit of history in the present. He founded Roosters Men's Grooming Center to pair the classic vibe of a barbershop with modern technology, such as flat screen TVs with ESPN SportsCenter beamed directly to guests. His concept took off, and the barbershop spread to locations across the country. Today, many barbers and stylists follow in Joe's footsteps, giving timeless haircuts and signature seven-step hot shaves amidst a classic, masculine ambiance.
To J. Michael and Mia Chreky, there's no better business partner than your life partner, and no better philosophy than a simple one. That's why the two decided to co-own J. Michael The Salon, where they operate with a crystal-clear goal in mind: "Great hair. Always." Together, they helm a team of stylists, aestheticians, and makeup artists who provide services ranging from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis and makeup work. In addition, complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries are available, with the helpful staff on hand to remind you not to get crumbs in your manicure.
At Michael Helene Salon Gallery, clients don’t just get a haircut—they are immersed into an experience. Upon arrival to the sun-soaked studio, clients embark upon a tour of the beautifying emporium, where they meet the staff and take in the luxurious accents of the space, such as ornately framed mirrors, pristine white walls, and verdant plants with retro pompadours. After they settle in, one of the amiable stylists—steeped in the salon’s foundation of education, personalization, consultation, and beautification—indulges them in their chosen treatment from a list of services including long-hair shaping, all-over color, and special-occasion updos, all referred to by the staff as hair artistry. “We see the client as our artistic medium, and the salon is actually the gallery,” explains Michael Helene, the titular owner who draws from her stints styling for the films Pirates of the Caribbean and Cold Mountain to make each of her clients feel like a star.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.