Like a professor knowledgeable on tulip mania, alien black oil, and a myriad of seemingly esoteric subjects, Massage Envy's licensed body therapists ably converse with the gamut of muscle ailments. They'll unravel tense coils of accumulated inner-stress through a perfectly catered treatment for individual clients' needs that may include various styles and techniques. Swedish massages offer gentle rubbing for muscular soothing and improved circulation, while deep tissue focuses specifically on untying the body's Gordian knots and releasing chronic tension. A prenatal massage is ideal for expecting mothers who could use a little relief from carrying another person inside them, and a sports massage provides tension relief and injury prevention for an athlete's body.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The beauty experts at Answer Day Spa revamp iffy appearances through the careful application of scissors and files. Skilled stylists quell split ends over the course of approximately 35-minute haircuts (a $25 value), using sheers to reshape frenzied follicles, trained eyes to mold them sharply, and occasional ghost stories to add volume sans gel. During 45-minute Shellac manicures (a $35 value), techs file nails to pleasing lengths before clipping cuticles and applying goose-down-free coats of color. The shellac polish is long lasting and resistant to chipping, designed to stay fresh for up to two weeks.