Con’s Organic Spa owner Con Ciecko isn't just an expert in the beauty industry. She's also a reiki master and a medical tattoo technician. These specialties, along with her education and training at Michigan and California institutes, have prepared her to execute services that both beautify and relax her clients. Besides kneading muscles with several massage modalities, she cleanses skin with organic facials, bronzes limbs with airbrush tanning, and administers makeup applications for weddings or black-tie viewings of TV weddings. Joined by a skilled staff that includes her daughter Kiya, a massage therapist and nail technician, Ciecko infuses her new spa confines with a welcoming and personable vibe as she helps her clients develop their own signature looks.
Every year at Ann Arbor Fest, Catching Fireflies founders Steve and April paused from manning their paper-arts booth to admire the folksy paintings of local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. When they finally saved up enough to purchase their favorite piece, “Catching Fireflies,” it led to a flash of inspiration: a shop dedicated to showcasing similarly whimsical artwork and supporting local artists.
Now, Catching Fireflies’ inventory spans the spectrum, from leather-bound journals and wall art to children’s toys, and has been lauded in Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch. Once customers have honed in on wares, staff can gift-wrap them free of charge, thereby eliminating the need to conceal them behind Groucho glasses.
Dr. Jeff Allyn has been a practicing chiropractic physician for more than two decades. In 1994, he opened the doors to his own practice at Berkley Chiropractic Clinic. Here, Dr. Allyn and his staff manage issues with muscles and bones in an honest, ethical fashion, zeroing in on each individual's unique needs. The process typically starts with a free consultation, which enables Dr. Allyn to pinpoint problem areas and determine whether or not a patient is actually just two pranksters stacked on each other's shoulders. From there, the doc and his staff decide if chiropractic manipulative care is an option, and if other forms of therapy, such as massage, could also be helpful.
The Coffee Beanery's methods of roasting and brewing coffee transcend from process to artistry. For 36 years, the international chain has roasted its own hand-selected beans at its Michigan headquarters using its trademarked Right Roast technique, in which humans take the place of robots to roast small batches to their peak flavor. Each of their kosher-certified coffee flavors sets taste buds alight without the use of sugar, alcohol, lactose, or glow sticks. Decaffeinated versions drip into cups sans chemicals, as each batch is made with only the Swiss Water Process.
Behind the pink curtains that accent Salon Miracles’ storefront windows, proprietor Judy Moon has created a tranquil haven for beauty and spa services. Stylists perform haircuts, color, and texturing treatments as aestheticians manicure fingers and toes, wax away unwanted body hair, and administer high-tech anti-aging treatments and reviving facials. In addition to her work at Salon Miracles, Judy offers spiritual readings and organizes open-mic nights at her adjacent business, Angel Moon Café. Judy also creates handmade angel and cross jewelry.
The staff at Progressive Laser beautify bodies with minimally invasive med-spa services during appointments scheduled seven days a week. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels exfoliate visages to imbue skin with a youthful glow, and injections of dermal fillers and Botox help smooth out fine lines. Hair removal with a Lumenis LightSheer laser can also clear-cut body foliage or pay homage to a favorite parent by shaping a patch of arm hair to spell out mom.