With birdcage-like wire around its dangling crystals, the chandelier at Snips Salon reflects the atmosphere's marriage of urban and opulent aesthetics. Stylists attend to clients between the exposed brick walls of the second-story salon, combing Bed Head and Catwalk products through strands or accenting features with TIGI Cosmetics. Services include haircuts, color treatments, and waxing for men and women. The team also pours complimentary beverages and furnishes a library of fashion magazines—the models of which can have their gorgeous hair brought to 3-D life with clients' newly clipped braids.
Though Charlotte Checkers history dates back nearly a half-century, today's Checkers made their AHL debut just recently in 2010. As the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, the team breeds young talent capable of performing in a professional environment while withstanding gale-force winds. Fans at Time Warner Cable Arena lend their support by drawing up backwards plays on the fogged-up glass, and mascot Chubby entertains the crowd by dancing and riding four-wheelers on the ice at intermission.
Inspired by the legacy of their grandfathers—stylish gents by the names of Lewis "Emerson" Smith and Gabor "Joseph" Takats—Shelly Hutchins and Stacy Donnelly wanted to create a place where men could relax and enjoy some masculine pastimes. Their salon, Emerson Joseph, offers exactly that. In addition to male-focused hair and spa services, the space boasts a pool table and flat-screen TVs announcing the latest in sports. During appointments, the stylists treat faces to hot-towel wraps, trim cuticles and hangnails, and serve complimentary beverages. They even polish off haircuts with a quick shoeshine, a true gentleman's service that's almost as classic as the spit-shine facial.
The details at Clear Water Auto Spa serve two purposes: remove past blemishes and prevent future damage. The former is accomplished by hand scrubbing the exterior, shampooing the seats, and vacuuming windshield dice off the floors. Once the car is clean, the technicians take it a step further by applying Teflon wax and clear-coat sealant to the finish and Scotchgard to the interior to build a protective layer against future contaminants. Paintless dent removal and paint touchups further elevate cars’ resale value and cosmetic appeal.
Inside the private treatment rooms of Miss Brow (A Spa Studio), four trained technicians help clients achieve a neat, groomed appearance with a variety of skin-refining and waxing treatments. Their services span from the tips of extended eyelashes to the newly smooth expanses of waxed legs, ensuring that clients are ready for trips to the beach or the Mata Hari school of seductive espionage. The salon's staple is depilation treatments, with staff trained in both waxing and threading to offer the precision and coverage desired. The shop further accentuates a connection to ancient Eastern beauty techniques with henna applications, which can adorn the hands of brides-to-be or the faces of friends who have fallen asleep in the cozy waiting room.:m]]
Entering the reception area at Venice Beach Tan at Gold's Gym, with its glowing blue desk and glass shelves, might seem like walking into the future. So it's fitting that the salon?located in Gold's Gym at the Epicentre?uses some of the most up-to-date equipment, such as an Epic 442 tanning bed with mood lighting, internal cooling, and an MP3-compatible sound system. No matter which bed guests are interested in, they can stop by for single visits or invest in memberships as long as one year, giving you just enough time to get your tan ready for parka season.