The Smart Tan–certified technicians at Summer Sun Tanning Salon 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.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
It would be an understatement to say that the kitchen at Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese just makes grilled cheese sandwiches. These sandwiches push the boundaries so much that the menu lists them in three categories. "Simple" lists options that include just cheese, and "uncommon" sandwiches go beyond bacon and tomato with additions that are inventive, but perhaps not so surprising, such as pepperoni and tomato sauce or garlic chicken and avocado ranch sauce. The "extreme" sandwiches are billed as "over the top," pushing the boundaries of the simple grilled cheese with pulled pork, or turkey and sweet potatoes.
These inventive combinations are the brainchild of the owner Chef Joe McCarthy and the general manager Chef Lou Davey. They won the professional division of the Kama Sutra category in the 2013 Grilled Cheese Invitational with her Potsticker Meltz. The sandwich blends the flavors of provolone cheese, pepperjack cheese, pork, peppers, garlic, ginger, scallions, soy, sesame, fried wontons, and a sriracha-chili aioli in an unexpected way. When out on the town, grilled cheese lovers can keep an eye out for the bright-white Mobile Meltz food truck, from which they can snatch a sandwich on the go.
Though Stephanie Bailey once studied with skincare giants—Dr. Murad and Dr. Obagi of their eponymous medical-grade lines—her heart wasn't in it. "[I] just couldn't pull away from what I love most, which is skincare for the hands and feet," she says. Once she realized that, Bailey developed her own waterless pedicure style that eschews traditional water jets in her pedicures to eliminate the concern of cross contamination and accidental foot drowning. After beautifying the digits of cheerleaders from the Dallas Cowboys and Mavericks, she moved to Idaho and applied her 28 years of experience to Nails by Stephanie at Revive Salon.
You can turn back a clock by hand, but you'll only end up late for work. At Coeur d' Alene Esthetics, technicians take the pressure off, performing beautification techniques to reverse aging without the hassle. The owner takes an uncommonly personal approach to beauty, shopping farmers' markets and health-food stores to make fresh masks, toners, and lotions from in-season fruits and vegetables. Clients may also solicit a technician for a spray tan or swift waxing session.
Nail technician Jen Diaz does more than file fingernails and corral cuticles; she turns hands and feet into works of art. Clients push back from her manicure table with hands bearing Bling or custom designs such as lady bugs, Rubik's cubes, or jack-o-lanterns. To keep digits dancing, Jen protects nails by daubing them with layers of durable Shellac polish, which can keep nail surfaces shiny for up to two weeks.