Salon Studio M prides itself on being both edgy and classic. Its stylists can create timeless cuts or trendy color treatments, natural highlights or up-to-the-minute styles. In addition to hair services, the salon also offers tanning, mani-pedis, facials, waxing, and eyelash extensions.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 250 locations across 21 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to sunbeds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the sunless, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
Owners Patrick Pezzati and Chandra Hancock opened their first Turn It Up! store in 1995 and now oversee four Western Massachusetts locations of the Valley Advocate reader-approved music emporium. Physical media of all shapes and sizes lines store shelves, including rare and out-of-print CDs, vinyl, DVDs, cassettes, and VHS tapes, and customers can trade in their own collections in exchange for cash or a fully functioning kinescope. Music lovers can also peruse a collection of posters and accessories to assist in public displays of band devotion. Select locations host in-store performances by area musicians, providing more appealing background music than store poltergeists’ attempts at doo-wop harmonies.
When it comes to personnel, Wellness Works has holistic care covered. Its staff includes licensed massage therapists Paul Youngquist and Heidi Scott, certified life coach Janet Archer, and holistic aesthetician Sharon Slingerland. Together, they perform an array of relaxing services, including massages, meditation sessions, and organic facials. Clients who really want to retreat can sign up for a one-hour raindrop therapy session, during which the technician drops essential oils on the back to help evict toxins.
Sun Tan City’s trained tanning consultants help clients get bronzed via UV-free tanning booths and ergonomic tanning beds. Guests can schedule a single visit to touch up an existing tan, purchase a multivisit package to get a discounted rate, or become a member to take advantage of the salon’s 100% guarantee.
New England Cosmetic Surgery's warm and expertly trained staff proffers their own brand of safe and relaxing cosmetic care for clients of all skin types. Helmed by board-certified surgeon Dr. Steven Margolis, visitors can rest assured that all services are performed in a medically sound and supervised environment. A glycolic chemical peel ($85) sloughs off dead skin to reveal the smoother and shinier knight armor hidden below. Alternately, a microdermabrasion treatment ($150) mechanically harnesses the power of crystals to lend new meaning to the term “new age,” rendering a youthful and even-toned exterior through exfoliation and pore reduction. With minimal discomfort and downtime involved, customers can quickly resume their day-to-day activities, like working, hitting the gym, and actually hitting the gym with a novelty-sized boxing glove. New England Cosmetic Surgery customers may also receive 20 percent off tumescent liposuction with free consultation.