If you walk into Blanc Studio planning to color your hair, you may just walk out with a brand new purse. After coloring 100 clients, the studio draws the name of one of those 100 clients and gifts them a Coach bag. This commitment to go above and beyond for a good experience becomes evident in other ways as well. A 52-inch television equipped with Netflix and a gaming system entertains kids as their parents relax in the stylists’ chair, and the studio’s master stylist approves each coiffure before clients depart or stay to use the Wii.
Magictan Studios draws on both traditional UV-tanning beds and the VersaSpa sunless-tanning system to convert fair-skinned physiques into beach-ready bods. A friendly, professional staff ensconces clients in their choice of Level 1, 2, or 3 beds, depending on their preference for a light toasting, medium bronzing, or phoenix-like rebirth. For the UV-shy, the VersaSpa sunless-tanning system not only bronzes skin, but hydrates and smoothes as well, resulting in a silky, polished tan in just a few minutes. A hydromassage bed keeps with Magictan Studios' emphasis on customization, relinquishing touchscreen control to clients as warm jets of water massage muscles before flowing back into the river of dreams.
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.
Splashers brightens up the chore of washing clothes with an on-site snack bar that serves bottled beer, tanning beds, a big-screen TV, and free WiFi. The washery offers same- or next-day service on drop-off laundry, tending to T-shirts, pants, blouses, and Santa suits based on owner specifications. Those who opt for self-service laundry can sling dirty duds into professional Dexter front-load washers ($2.49/cycle for 20-pound load; $8.39 for 80-pound load) and dryers ($0.25–$0.75 for 7 minutes). For added convenience, machine use is paid for with an easy swipe card instead of quarters plucked from behind a stranger's ear.
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.
The nail technicians at Glamour Nails & Spa festoon hands and feet with manicures and pedicures. For a long-lasting look that's easier than super-gluing actual crayons to fingertips, they'll apply Shellac polish during manicures. The team also applies acrylic sets, and their 15 pedicure chairs ensure their ability to handle any sudden influxes of clients—they can give pedicures to three sets of pro-basketball starters at once.