Business and pleasure blur in the ceaseless hum of downtown Toronto’s financial hub. Both hotels bask in the light and shadows of skyscrapers that contain corporate institutions, boutique shopping, and numerous fine-dining opportunities. History buffs and bargain hunters will find themselves sightseeing in perfect harmony at the historic St. Lawrence Market, where farmers, crafters, and independent merchants peddle everything from fresh eggs to antiques inside an assembly hall dating to 1850 and modeled with regal 16th-century Renaissance influences. Performing arts thrive in the Entertainment District, which plays host to artists ranging from local to universal renown. The recently expanded Art Gallery of Ontario is presently exhibiting masterpieces borrowed from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (until September) and plays host to permanent collections of historical Inuit art and works specific to the Ontario area. Touring Broadway musicals, sentimental orchestral performances, and critically acclaimed readings from the local phone book play in such historic venues as Roy Thomson Hall, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Each of Hollywood Tans' 140-plus locations, scattered from coast to coast, houses UV tanning booths that allow patrons to tan while standing for 8–11 minutes. With an average of 15 hygienic booths per salon, patrons rarely encounter waiting times and can stop in without an appointment. Hollywood Tans also offers UV-free methods of adding color to one's skin, including Mystic Tan's DHA-infused spray tans, tanning lotions, and public readings of guests' teenage diary entries.
At Lady Fingers Salon, run-of-the-mill beauty treatments get their own makeover. Nail technicians upgrade manicures with long-lasting Shellac polish and Vinylux top coats. Hairstylists, meanwhile, infuse frizz-beleaguered hair with keratin treatments to deter flyaways and imbue locks with shine, and color treatments use organic All-Nutrient products. Waxing specialist Christina Durham plies her trade on hair of a different sort, waxing away unwanted fuzz across the physique.
Four of the five staff members at Sciascia's Salon & Boutique boast more than 15 years of experience in their respective trade. With the attending knowhow, they render hair services such as waves and color applications. The staff can also perform mani-pedis and whole-leg waxes, or half-leg waxes if your thighs are robotic.
It’s always swimsuit season inside Rio Tan, where six levels of tanning booths reward customers with a bronze, attention-grabbing glow. The salon offers six levels of tanning to accommodate a wide range of skin types, as well as spray tans for optimal convenience. Aiming to keep bodies in shape, Fit body wraps expose them to slimming infrared heat, which is usually found on the dark side of the sun.
Though their goal is bronze skin, the staffers at Crimson Pride & Tanning always has crimson in their hearts. In addition to all manner of tanning musts, the shop offers a selection of houndstooth handbags and Crimson Tide merchandise, including T-shirts and houndstooth jewelry. Once shoppers are stocked up on their fanwear, they can jump into a tanning bed to get a full-body UV tan.