The Smart Tan?certified technicians at Summer Sun equip patrons for jaunts on the beach with a full menu of summer-readying services. The salon?s lineup of UV beds baste skin with bronzing rays that gradually build up darker skin tones, and airbrush wands apply a sheer pigmented mist to curves to impart the type of golden demeanor required for access to the beach or Meryl Streep's linen closet. Aestheticians can then rehydrate skin with an omega 3 facial, or keep bodies bikini-ready with a variety of waxing treatments. The salon also helps patrons keep a literal finger on the pulse of current fashion trends by offering nail services performed with OPI crackle polish and CND Shellac.
Renew Mind & Body Spa, a cozy spa that is ensconced by greenery, small waterfalls, and ponds and filled with soothing, warmly lit rooms, hosts a team of licensed massage therapists who train healing hands on strained spines and taxed tendons. During the one-hour Swedish massage, Renew's muscle menders relax sinews, attenuate tension, and put stress to sleep with a combination of relaxing massage techniques and droning lectures on the inception of moist towelettes. Fluid strokes and varying pressures encourage muscle malleability, boosting circulation and bodies’ natural healing processes.
Retro Shot Espresso stocks its caffeine-filling station with creative coffee and drinks served amid 1950s-themed décor. A salty-caramel macchiato ($3 for 16 oz.) can perk up groggy office workers when sipped or splashed into hair, whereas a double buttercup ups the espresso ante by fusing white mocha and peanut butter ($3.25 for 16 oz.). Signature coffee drinks with nostalgia-evoking names include Americano Graffiti and Jitterbug and are made exclusively with organic and fair-trade Avion coffees. Customers nosh on croissant breakfast sandwiches ($2), bagels with cream cheese, and muffins ($1.50) amid the cozy coffee stand setting and vintage wall hangings, depicting a pouty Marilyn Monroe and a triumphant President Eisenhower posing with his beloved whoopee cushion. Each month, the staff holds a nonprofit Sunday to support a different charitable cause.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular services: Full body waxing and lash extensions
Brands Used: Cirepil wax, 3D-Beauty lash products
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
In my teens. Little did I know that's what I'd be doing for a living. I have a great love for enhancing a women's true beauty, whether with waxing or airbrush makeup.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
Waxing. It's instant gratification for the client and myself. Clients love to see immediate results.
As the first exclusive blow dry bar to open in Northern Idaho, Stylebar transforms tresses into sleek, sultry, or beachy looks in about 30 minutes. Lifelong friends and business partners Sarah Hess and Sara Dalebout channel their passion for high-end hair styling to create professional looks ready made for the streets of Hollywood, Manhattan, and everywhere in-between. Their team's hair experts make clients look magazine-ready through blowouts that create sleek locks, cascading waves, and big, soft curls. Those with short hair can take advantage of The Shortie's perfect teasing, and those who love following the latest trends can bring in a photo of the tousled high pony or messy braid they want.