It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.
Salon Concepts connects talented stylists with private suites where they can tend to tresses and soothe skin in a peaceful environment. Services and pricing vary by location, with an array of beautifying treatments abounding across the network like bunnies on a verdant spring catwalk. Seventeen participating aestheticians are armed with a pack of prettification options such as cut-and-color combos from experienced colorist Brent Bauer at Salon Concepts Oakley ($60–$175) or body waxing ($10+) under the gentle hands of Randy Jackson at Salon Concepts Florence. Check in for a noninvasive frown-removal procedure with a facial expert ($35+) or a stress-melting massage ($35+) from Erlinda Griffin at Salon Concepts Montgomery.
Within a stone's throw of Bliss Salon, a large water tower sits like a sleeping giant on the horizon and reads in a welcoming scrawl, "Florence, Y'all." This is an appropriate preface for Bliss's homey hardwood floors, leather chairs, and grape-hued walls. Though friendly stylists keep things professional with Redken products and ongoing training, Bliss Salon is a casual place where folks can relax and be pampered for a few hours while completing jigsaw puzzles on their laps. Personal consultations are always complimentary, so finding out about waxing, updo services, or hair-color upgrades is a no-pressure affair.
All sorts of clients entrust their eyes to the team at Eye Care Specialists, P.C. Perhaps it?s because each member of the staff has been supplied with glasses or sunglasses from the optical boutique, allowing them to personally recommend frames and lenses for each customer. Customers also come there for the wide selection of frames from brands such as Gucci, Pro Design, Ray Ban, and more. For those who like to spend their time in the sun, progressive lenses and prescription sunglasses are also available.
At Luminous Skin, Gina Gruber draws upon nearly two decades of experience in the skin care business, plus an arsenal of high-quality products to bring out her client's natural radiance. During facials, she employs Glo Therapeutics to soften and cleanse the skin, and when applying makeup for special occasions, she uses Glo Minerals cosmetics to highlight cheekbones without clogging pores. During spray tans, Gina also swaps harmful UV rays for a Liquid Sun organic solution, helping clients stay healthy while they ready themselves for an upcoming vacation or a stint as an Academy Award.
Though its name might suggest otherwise, Miracle Eyebrows works its magic on more than just one body part. But when it comes to eyebrows, staffers use a 6,000 year-old method to remove stray hairs by deftly manipulating simple cotton thread across the skin. Aside from threading, the studio also offers body waxing and traditional Henna tattoos.