At locations in Franklin, Royal Oak, and most recently Birmingham, experienced aestheticians dissolve stress with soothing massages, facials, and nail treatments that utilize fruit-infused scrubs or oils from Sacred Earth Botanicals. Inside private treatment rooms, techs evict toxins with Dead Sea mud or seaweed body wraps and knead knots into untied shoelaces with aromatherapy massages or therapeutic stretches. Treatments, including a slate of mani-pedis, come in various packages for half-day pampering sessions, with tasty add-ons such as a spa lunch or bubbly sips of champagne. Alternatively, the spa's concierge services take the pampering out of the spa and into the shells of stressed turtles or homes of customers, who may also request assistance with errands, laundry, and grocery pick-up.
Filled with chic accessories, colorful threads, and uncommon jewelry, Glamour Puss Beauty Bar and Boutique encourages perusal as well as beautification under the hands of an experienced aesthetician. The staff shapes brows to emphasize eyes and one's displeasure at underwhelming knock-knock jokes, and performs permanent-makeup services to speed morning routines. The skilled pair also offers head-to-toe styling, custom makeup blends, and detailed cosmetic instruction.
The stylists at Liquid Salon train extensively in L'oréal color techniques and wield Kerastase products to shape and style coifs. Each visit commences with a complimentary consultation, in which a tress-tamer recommends a style based on a client's specific features, lifestyle, and favorite decade. Shear off locks with a 45-minute women's haircut and style ($55+) or a 30-minute men's cut and style ($40+). A hairdresser can enliven lackluster strands with coloring ($55+) or highlights ($100+), or straighten out unruly frizz with a basic relaxer ($95+) and threats of tickling.
Not only does Images International cut hair, it also grows it. The LaserTek 9000 Hair Therapy laser emits low-level light, causing a chain reaction of cell repair. This microscopic round of dominoes eventually leads to hair regrowth, and Image International's team of tight-knit technicians has revitalized dozens of scalps on both men and women. Once clients have thicker heads of hair, stylists can cut it into chic styles and use the trimmings to make friendship bracelets. The salon's other treatments for hair loss include permagraphs, prostheses, and professional wigs customized to each scalp.
From his small village in central Greece, Tom Goulas brought a piece of his heritage across the pond to share: the cuisine. In 1975 he first founded Honey Tree Grille with the intent of sharing the rich, flavorful food of his native country. Since then, his business has grown three-fold, but Goulas aims to maintain the old-school attention to both the dishes the kitchen sends out and the service. These days, the menu can be found across seven different locations. There, diners will find a handful of familiar American classics alongside Greek staples such as fresh-sliced gyro sandwiches, layered mousaka, and golden, flaky spanikopita.
Amid her self-named salon’s buttery-yellow walls, Quenlyn Watkins leads a staff savvy in hair, spa, and skincare services. Their specialties include: