At Nails from Heaven—located inside hair salon Razor's Edge—nail technician Makia Santiago beautifies clients' hands and feet with an array of mani-pedi techniques. Her repertoire includes manicures and pedicures using CND's VinylLux polish, a line that dries within 10 minutes and stays chip-free for about a week, elaborate false nails, and nail art created with gel polish. She also performs eyebrow and lip waxes and ionic footbaths that draw out toxins from the body.
In the heart of downtown Cleveland, Karl's Inn of the Barristers has dished out mouthwatering deli fare to droves of loyal patrons for decades. Guests chow down on the shop's special: a towering corned-beef sandwich on toast with a crisp pickle on the side. It joins a roster of other deli sandwiches, such as pastrami, ham, and turkey, as well as hearty Angus beef burgers, crispy fried chicken, and flaky fish.
The staff of Chi Energy Spa take a holistic approach to nail- and skincare, providing each client with complimentary consultations and showering them with one-on-one attention and personalized advice. During facials, aestheticians cleanse pores of dirt, oil, and all traces of competitive pie-eating, then give clients skin-type specific tips for at-home care. Facial and body waxing services smooth skin and give patrons perfectly arched brows to complement their face shapes. Chi Energy Spa’s nail technicians pamper fingers and toes with softening paraffin dips and colorful layers of OPI and chip-resistant CND Shellac UV3 nail polish. Massage therapists ease muscle tension with relaxation massages, which are followed by an accompanying foot soak to refresh feet sore from always being on-the-go or from walking to work atop hot coals.
Recently named one of Elle magazine's top 100 salons, The Studio snips, colors, and styles locks into top form seven days a week. Trained hairsmiths harness the power of Paul Mitchell products to cut and finish manes ($25+ for men, $35+ for women) and shear teens' tresses ($15+ for boys, $20+ for girls) into styles ideal for impressing the football team or interpretive head-banging club. Tightly wound curls leave their troubles behind with a relaxer treatment ($75+), and head threads seeking a new hue will enjoy a complimentary 15-minute consultation, followed by a single-process color ($60+) or full highlight treatment ($120+ for 1 color, $10 extra for each additional color). Stylists will also sculpt strands into an up style ($50+), preparing them for a night on the town or a glamorous weekend on the sofa.
Three times a week, Just U Relax's owner and principal massage therapist paid a 90-minute visit to one of her favorite clients, an elderly Italian woman who could barely speak a word of English. One day after a visit, the woman's daughter called and asked the massage therapist if she could come back again right away, saying her mother was not doing well. She arrived and set to work massaging her client's body, much of which had collapsed inward from a previous stroke. But instead of seeing the usual results, such as the woman's hands relaxing for a short time before tightening back into a bound position, the massage therapist saw her client maintain her peaceful composure. Then, this elderly Italian woman who could speak little English, let alone speak at all due to the effects of her stroke and Alzheimer's disease, looked at her massage therapist and said with perfect clarity, "Thank you." The woman's daughter called later, saying her mother died that evening, and that she wanted to say thank you for giving her mother such comfort before she passed. It was that moment that made the massage therapist realize she knew she could help people.
Raised by a cardiologist, the future owner of Just U Relax and her brother made a pact to go to medical school together, but when she found herself disenchanted by clinical environments and desiring a more hands-on approach to patient care, she explored massage therapy. Today, she and her team of licensed massage therapists at Just U Relax assess posture, gait, and occupational stress to customize bodywork for each client. The staff sees to guests' comfort in a variety of ways, including giving visitors warm robes and plush slippers, using massage tables with triple-cotton-padded tops, and playing relaxing music as aromatherapy wafts between rooms. Therapists also offer clients snacks such as fruit smoothies and granola bars. Additionally, each therapist is required to undergo at least three hours of training each month to learn new massage techniques and stay sharp.
Marengo Luxury Spa resides within The Arcade—a retail oasis formerly known as "Cleveland's crystal palace." Founded in 1890, The Arcade rises five stories high, summiting at a glass ceiling that spans the area of a football field. On the way to Marengo Luxury Spa, patrons traverse Roman marble walkways and pass gilded carvings, iron balconies, and cast-iron griffins. Upon arrival, clients consult with a spa specialist who personalizes a treatment plan that may include massage therapy or treatments for skin, hair, or nails. Throughout appointments, clients enjoy a variety of refreshments including coffee and biscotti or herbal tea and blocks of tofu. Calling itself "a perfect sanctuary in which to retreat and discover a new you," Marengo Luxury Spa exudes the palatial ambiance of The Arcade itself.