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.
As the weather outside grows colder, Bella D’ora Spa rolls out the cookie dough—or, at least, the smell of baking cookies. The seasonal sugar-cookie massage incorporates a brown-sugar hand-and-foot scrub into a sweet-smelling massage. The staff also provide an equal level of pampering year-round through warm-stone massages, organic facials, and body wraps that work to rid skin of toxins that may have been absorbed during baths in the chemical vats at a local soft-drink factory. Clients can bundle services for spa parties or bridal parties, which come with optional hors d’oeuvres or lunch plates that easily sate high-noon cravings.
Tessa grew up with scissors in her hand. Her father’s salon was a staple of her Missouri community for 25 years, and there she learned the ins and outs of cutting hair to face shape and blending luxurious color highlights. Today she continues her father’s legacy, employing Matrix and American Crew brand products to transform tresses in Genesis Salon. Amid the studio's industrial-inspired décor, she joins four other stylists in crafting contemporary styles designed to work with each client's lifestyle and fashion tastes.
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.
The experienced nail technician at Salon Larissa pampers hands and polishes fingernails in the comfort of a private full-service salon. To begin the 30-minute manicure, a relaxing soak leaves paws softer than a cashmere sweater wrapped around a cloud. The manicurist massages hands with lotion, trims overgrown cuticles, files nails into shape, and artfully applies coats of polish in one of multiple available shades.