Owner and hair expert Beth Sullivan is a 37-year veteran of the beauty industry. She's traveled across the country working as a color consultant, educator, and hair-show coordinator and has lent her skills to major haircare brands such as Matrix and Paul Mitchell. Today, she utilizes her experiences and creativity to perform haircare services in her own salon.
Beth's colleague, Mary Melvin, spent much of her professional career stationed at a computer, but she always wanted to find an opportunity to help people who wouldn't thank her in binary code. When she found out that her blood pressure was dangerously high, she resolved to improve her health, which led her to Reiki. She then earned a certification in the practice, and she now has a career that allows her to help others through an ancient touch technique that restores the body's healing energy flow. Along with their haircare and relaxation treatments, the team's aesthetician Ingrid Solomon performs professional waxing and skincare services.
The refurbished home lounges so sleepily against the tree-lined property that it is hard not to knock on the door before entering. Inside, though, the salon is wide awake. The walls swell with installments of deep orange and verdigris, which crackle against the dark wooden hair stations and matching mirrors. Chatter drifts from stylists in individual consultations as they prepare to clip, color, treat, or extend tresses with Paul Mitchell and natural Carol's Daughter products.
Quieter still, the throaty rasp of emery boards draws eyes to nail technicians armed with warm oil, paraffin wax, and long-lasting OPI polish. Recognizing that the body deserves coddling too, aestheticians promote circulation with leg massages or improve air circulation by throwing one of the salon chairs through a closed window.
Stylists and aestheticians work side by side at Vintage13 Salon, performing modern techniques in a charming atmosphere that harks back to a bygone era. Soft music plays while mirrors with quaintly scalloped edges provide an old-fashioned frame for hairstyles created with the help of strand-smoothing Brazilian Blowouts or updos fortified with Kenra products. Skincare experts enhance the exfoliating effects of organic and detoxifying facials with a soothing reflexology massage of the face, hand, arms, and décolleté, and also stimulate cell turnover with LED light therapy designed to restore moisture, firmness, and the ability to taste colors.
After treatments, patrons may wind down with one of Vintage13's complimentary mimosas or check out an antique-style chest of drawers bearing handmade jewelry for sale, which credits regular exfoliation for its shiny, ageless finish.
A medical-grade spa that focuses on skin-spiffying treatments, Spa Neo boasts a professional staff of certified massage therapists who banish aches and maintain a personable, small-town vibe. The massage menu showcases six different muscle-tenderizing practices, each custom-tailored to clients' individual needs. Deep-tissue and trigger-point therapy hone in on meddlesome knots formed by injury, stress, or overzealous participation in competitive pattycake. Classic relaxation massage draws on Swedish techniques to relieve tension, while Reiki massage employs spiritual hand-laying to correct both physical and mental imbalance. Hot-stone massage, during which the practitioner places small, heated basalt stones along the spine and shimmies them over limbs, allows the earth’s gifts to mellow strained backs and extremities. The warmed rocks help muscles to open up while telepathically imparting the primordial memories of their enclosed fossils.
Staffers at The Spa at Riverwood perform a variety of pampering services with top-shelf beauty products. Patrons kick back in leather pedicure thrones as nail techs adorn feet with OPI nail polish and CND creams. Meanwhile, aestheticians wax away unwanted facial and body hair, lengthen lashes with extensions, or cleanse pores during facials.