After discovering and treating a few precancerous skin cells, Aislin Spangler decided UV tanning was not the way to go. So she researched alternative options, and by the time she teamed up with her friends Emily Meeker and Lauren Salinas in 2009 to form Spray Soleil, she was well-versed in the field. Today, the trio runs a mobile spray-tan company and travels to clients' homes or offices anywhere within Charleston and Greensboro to mist them with paraben-free tanning solutions that are made in the United States and never tested on animals. Those solutions include witch-hazel-infused organic tanners along with the original solution, which coats skin with a golden hue while infusing it with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants.
Spray Soleil's stylists and aestheticians travel as well, brushing rouge on cheekbones or dyes into hair during makeup and hair treatments. Completing the mobile spa is Ellen, a licensed massage therapist with seven years of experience. She uses long, languid strokes, hot stones, or targeted pressure during customizable massages to relieve fatigue and chronic aches caused by injury or part-time gigs as a whack-a-mole.
Anne Pipkin was once a loyal customer of gorgeousGLO. But she loved the spray-tanning salon so much that she couldn't resist becoming the owner. In that capacity, Pipkin joins with her fellow staff members, Donna Sloop, Zoe Shook, and Catherine Slaven, to share their studio's natural spray-tanning formula with their clients. They help tanners achieve bronzed hues without the incurring harmful effects of UV rays or painstakingly coloring themselves in gold crayon. Alternatively, an on-site blow-out center manned by stylists Charlie Butler, Stephanie Rivera, Emily McCorkle, Deidra Sigarroa, Christina Couch, Lauren Wescott, and Zoe Shook top off tan looks with sleekly styled coifs. Blowouts, updos, and conditioning treatments prepare locks for special events including prom, weddings, and engagement parties.
Licensed aesthetician and makeup artist Rhonda Green offers custom medical-grade-skincare and sunless-tanning treatments at Just Glo Studio. Along with therapeutic facials, Green specializes in chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and waxing. For sunless tanning, technicians wield equipment from Infinity Sun to bronze their clients, mixing the sprays with optional anti-aging treatments.
Stepping into South Beach Tanning Company feels like stepping into a chic, South Beach salon. Established in 2003, the franchise adorns each of its locations with eclectic, art deco touches set into bright-purple, orange, and yellow walls. Five levels of UV beds let clients customize their tanning experience and feature luxurious touches such as surround-sound stereo systems, cooling fans, and headrests made from clouds. The salon also houses a VersaSpa UV-free system that delivers hydrating spray tans in just 46 seconds.
After beginning with six modest traditional beds in 1990, Tropical Tan has expanded its body-bronzing pursuits to include 24 UV- and spray-tanning units housed within a pristine, violet boutique. Reflecting the salon's commitment to client comfort, UV beds combat claustrophobia with wide openings and display an intuitive control panel that empowers guests to program their preferred shade. Airbrush consultants dispense personalized tips for UV-free tanners, along with directions for navigating the Norvell sunless spray-tanning booth's passage into Narnia. The salon also stocks body products from brands such as Boost and Luxx, which condition skin to deepen and sustain new hues.
The chefs at Sweet Tea's Restaurant and Catering know that southern-style cuisine goes beyond collard greens and grits. Every day, they use high-quality ingredients to craft soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch, including the creamy white-pepper gravy that smothers mounds of housemade mashed potatoes and country-fried chicken or steak. Hand-battered shrimp are cradled inside po’ boys with made-from-scratch tartar sauce, while a homemade barbecue-ranch dressing tops offerings including the texas brisket and potato hush puppies.
The catering specialists, who catered for the contestants and crew of The Bachelorette when the show filmed in Charlotte, can arrange for many of the menu options to be created for parties, meetings, or jury-duty reunions. A complimentary jug of sweet or un-sweet tea accompanies all catering orders.