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.
Sun and Sea Tanning brings bronzing rays to customers whenever it’s convenient for them. Seven days a week and until 9 p.m. on weekdays, clients can hop into one of four different tanning beds for shade-shifting sessions that last between 10 and 20 minutes. The Sapphire, Lumina, and Cadillac beds bestow a natural-looking shade as customers comfortably recline, and the Delta booth allows customers to stay standing, eliminating tan lines from all six sides of the body. The salon also houses a Mystic Tan booth, which mists clients with a UV-free formula, available in three different levels to suit varying skin types.
Stylist Dove Rowe mans the styling chair in her hair-centric niche inside Sun and Sea Tanning. Here, she helps patrons to update locks, encouraging them to bring in photos of their desired style, or select from a specialized menu of salon treatments. Using her scissors, hair-coloring brush, and wax applicator, Dove pampers guests from the neck up, artfully accenting bone structure and skin tone. A selection of texture-wave treatments rounds out the service menu, helping patrons to achieve a look of eye-catching glamour without taping a Marilyn Monroe movie poster to their chest.
Sunny Daze Tanning and Salon's lineup of spray-tan technology and UV-tanning equipment—including beds, standup booths, and leg tanners—keeps skin beaming with a summery, straight-off-the-beach appearance. With tanning packages available by the session, month, or year, the facility helps clients maintain bronzed tones no matter the season. To sustain the health of epidermal surfaces, customers can stop spoon-feeding pureed carrots to each pore and instead load up on an arsenal of brand-name lotions, tonics, and bronzers available for purchase. Tanning aside, the salon's aestheticians sap stress during manicures, facials, and a variety of massages, including soft-tissue treatments and magnet therapy.
The licensed medical professionals and technicians at Venus Tan and Spa iron out wrinkles and unearth fresher, younger skin with sophisticated facial treatments. Nurse-administered Botox injections flatten out facial furrows by freezing muscles and tightening up the hard-to-reach screws behind the ears. Smoothed-out results appear within three to seven days after the 10- to 15-minute procedure and can last up to four months. Beauty mavens can follow up the treatment with a half-hour diamond microdermabrasion to draw back the face’s dull curtains of dead skin, or tighten up sagging spots and recharge cheek-stored smile batteries with the gentle FDA-approved electric pulses of a 45-minute microcurrent facial.