At all of Q Nails And Tanning's stations, the cosmetologists and manicurists display their licenses, and they're happy to talk about them with customers. That's because, in addition to being highly trained in their fields, the staff members take pride in their ability to foster easygoing conversation and cultivate a social, laid-back environment where clients feel comfortable and welcome. As clients and technicians engage in comfortable back-and-forth, fingers and toes find their own things to brag about, including new sets of acrylic, gel, or pink-and-white nails that enable them to steal the thunder back from player pianos. Once fingers and toes are looking polished, clients can better the rest of the body with lie-down or standup tanning sessions, as well as facials, waxing services, and eyelash extensions.
Owners Tracy Kuss and Christy Strand-Kolb share a passion for hairstyling, and they channeled that excitement into opening VanStrand Hair Salon in 2001. Their mission was to create a salon that provided high-quality haircuts, perms, and waxing treatments at reasonable prices. Creating a friendly place to visit and socialize was equally important to them, and today the two love how their salon gives them an opportunity to meet new people and establish relationships with return clients. To keep the vibe upbeat and fun, Tracy and Christy surround themselves with a team of equally passionate, talented, and amicable hair sculptors. Pairing their skills with top-shelf products such as American Crew and Phyto Organics, the stylists stick to their high standards and leave their customers with ‘dos as stylish and sleek as a Ferrari dressed in Versace.
Inside Red Nails salon, massaging pedicure chairs await grateful patrons, inviting them to release stress as they simultaneously pamper their feet. Owner Cristine leads a team of experienced technicians at the nail studio, and ensures clients will be absolutely ready to wow onlookers during sandal season or at their next bare-knuckle boxing match.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Tranquility Spa Salon technically started inside another business, where two coworkers brainstormed an escape from the stresses of everyday routine. Their friendship and their idea blossomed quickly—in 2007, they opened the combined spa and salon, teaming up with highly trained estheticians, hair stylists, and massage therapists. Their services can be categorized into two overarching missions: highlight natural beauty, or achieve total relaxation.
The salon side specializes in haircuts, color, and fashioning new 'dos for formal events. The stylists can fight down frizz with protein smoothing treatments, as well as lengthen strands with extensions. On the spa end, mani-pedis, massages, and waxing appointments share the space with customized facials, including a chemical peel that fades signs of aging with a combination of enzymes and acids. For a touch of glamor, eyelash extensions and makeup applications accentuate features. There's even ear candling, a treatment that can relieve allergy symptoms and sinus pressure by positioning a thin candle over the ear, rather than by having clients listen closely to a bonfire.