The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Holistic Health Gurus' multidisciplinary cofounders, Kellie Patzer and Nancy Allan, infuse their extensive expertise in massage therapy and traditional medicines into their repertoire of holistic wellness treatments. Relaxing and rehabilitative massages incorporate a variety of modalities—including Swedish, trigger-point, and lymphatic techniques—to conquer corporeal aches and reclaim bodily territory in the name of relaxation. Kellie and Nancy also give patrons the agency to holistically care for themselves, imparting lifestyle advice and therapeutic practices during weekly seminars and classes.
The Bridal Soiree, hosted by Allie & Belle Event Resources, is a one-day expo that helps brides plan their weddings by introducing them to wedding experts and products. Walking models allow up-close views of bridal gowns, and interactive beauty bars feature hair stylists and makeup artists glamming women up for a quick turn in the onsite photo booth. Brides can also taste cake, appetizers, and mimosas, as well as listen to live bands playing their best wedding soundtracks or covers of the Jaws theme song. Those who don't even know where to begin the planning process can attend discussion sessions with event planners, which take place twice during the day.
Leelawadee Thai Classic Massage founder Ron Wittawas brings an authentic touch to Thai massages. He trained at Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School of Bangkok, perfecting his technique at the elbows of the masters before coming to the Bay Area in 2002. During his signature Thai massage, Ron sets the stage for relaxation by first dipping patrons’ feet into paraffin footbaths. Once patrons have removed the wax and Ron has foot casts that he will treasure forever, he guides clients through a combination of yoga-like stretches and deep-pressure massage with warm lotions and herbal balms.
After a few glances at one of his mother’s natural healing books, Dustin Kline, then 16 years old, was hooked. Yoga and meditation became more than a hobby, or even a passion—it became a lifestyle; a lifestyle that in 2010 unfurled into the realm of massage therapy. Today, the yogi and licensed massage therapist calls upon experience from four different specialized massage schools to heal clients from the inside out. As owner of Cherish the Body, Dustin incorporates both Eastern and Western modalities, such as neuromuscular therapy, Thai massage, and high-fives, to treat everything from chronic pain to injuries.
With more than 10 years of experience in soothing sinews, Anya Drapkin blends a variety of Eastern and Western massage modalities to lift aches from anxious backs and shoulders. Backed by an impressive list of certification and training, Anya uses her skilled hands to knead muscles using organic lotions and light oils, complementing custom massages with soothing aromatherapy. Practicing styles that include Swedish, deep-tissue, myofascial-release, and prenatal massage, therapeutic sessions work to lessen stress or focus on repairing areas of specific injury from work-related repetitive motions or participation in professional body-slam competitions.