Signature Service: Gel manicure
Brands Used: Gelish, OPI Gel, Essie
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Pro Tip: Free parking on the street and the lot in back.
Divine Designs owner Walter Allgood aims to empower patrons with a full slate of ego-boosting beautification services. A self-proclaimed “weaveologist,” Walter accentuates clients’ existing tresses with natural-looking add-ins, and master stylist Norman Staton wields his 17 years of experience to snip and style unruly strands. The multitalented staff also bolsters beauty with nail and waxing services.
It's fitting that Lolita's Salon and Spa, a space dedicated to makeovers, recently underwent a makeover of its own. The newly renovated space cuts a hip and fashion-forward profile?a wall made entirely of weathered wooden slats sits opposite a row of sleek, black styling chairs, each facing a frame-less mirror that reflects the transformations occurring all around. Stylists dole out cuts and and color services tailor-made to embellish their clients' features, while manicurists sit amidst fresh flowers and modern artwork as they wait to shape and paint finger- and toenails. Skincare specialists, meanwhile, do their part by delivering nourishing facials that wrestle wrinkles from the face and render complexions as vibrant and youthful as a blushing, unhatched egg.
In a whirlwind of cosmetic products by the likes of Aveda, Redken, and OPI, a diverse cast of beauty boosters pool their talents to create a tranquil spa getaway where passersby can gussy up their hair, skin, and nails. At Revelations Salon & Spa, hairstylists well versed in coiffure modifications add va-va-voom to freshly shorn locks with halo highlights or all-over color. Skin technicians perform various facials to clarify complexions muddled by acne, dryness, and calculus equations scrawled with a sharpie. Their relaxing massages unwind knotted muscles scattered throughout the body, and their comprehensive pedicures melt tension between toes tired of making strained conversation with each other.
To fulfill her mission of physically and spiritually transforming the individuals in her community, licensed massage therapist Sarah Cheiky transformed a high-ceilinged warehouse space into a health-and-wellness oasis. She and her staff splashed the rooms with sunny shades of yellow and orange, hung artwork from local artists on the walls, and warmed the floors with intricate rugs, successfully creating the holistic haven known as The Studio. Within this cozy domain, the team leads a variety of restorative sessions that focus on whole-body wellness, including yoga classes taught by certified instructors, massage sessions performed by licensed therapists, and traditional energy work to keep chi in check and life force from accidentally turning into magnetic force. Clients put aside the dowsing rod to seek their center during guided meditation classes, and footbaths and infrared saunas draw out toxins from all areas of the body. After emerging from private treatment rooms, clients can refresh themselves in the showers and don superhero costumes in the changing rooms before returning to the real world.