Meditation Station incites tranquility with an eclectic stock of yoga gear, incense, and Eastern-influenced home décor. Shoppers can foster flexibility on a 1/4-inch yoga mat ($20), or garnish napes with a locally crafted hemp necklace ($15). Infuse faces with soothing scents with an aromatherapy citrus green tea facial cleanser ($20), or perch upon a Carolina Morning meditation cushion ($35) as respite from particularly stressful games of Candy Land.
Harnessing the power of the VersaSpa skincare system, Magictan Studios transforms fair-skinned physiques into bronzed bodies in a mere 60 seconds (a $28 value for a natural VersaSpa application, plus prep and moisturizer). After choosing from browning levels of light, natural, maximum, or Elizabeth Barrett, customers hop in the booth for a sunless spritz from cowlick to cuticle, bequeathing skin with the golden facade of a bronze statue, but with the added benefit of an anti-aging moisturizer. Designed with an EZ-2Breathe purification system, the VersaSpa structure continuously employs fresh air to expunge stale fumes, granting lungs a comfortable spray-tanning experience. Once all sides are fully coated, a breezy draft escapes the signature comfort-dry apparatus, drying radiant regions faster than a helicopter hovering inside a freshly painted Sistine Chapel.
Tanning booths, pool tables, and video game systems rest alongside the washers and dryers inside Splashers Laundry and Tanning's multitasking paradise, which combines do-it-yourself and drop-off laundry services. Once armed with a self-service wash card, launderers can set-up shop at a front-load Dexter washer and browse photographs of celebrity hampers on the free WiFi. Watch as splotches disappear in a three-load wash ($3.69), or whisk away dust from extended archaeological excavations with an eight-load, 80-pound soak ($8.39). Once clean, garments tumble through express dryer tunnels ($0.25 for seven minutes)—which soften up to 34 pounds of laundry at a time—or head to the regular dryers to clean up to 80 pounds at once ($0.75 for seven minutes). Alternatively, patrons can drop off up to 30 pounds of grimy garb to Splashers' cleansing techs, who will lovingly have it dried, folded, and hugged by a local mom, and ready for pick-up later that day.
Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.