The instructors at Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio supply the canvases, paints, and brushes, requiring visitors to bring only their creativity. At studios located around Georgia and Florida, they lead all-level painting classes that last up to 1.5 to 3 hours and focus on subjects ranging from the natural, such as birds and flowers, to still-life guitars, vases, and wine bottles. In some themed sessions, instructors also teach groups to paint abstract pieces or create their own variations on famous landscape paintings that, unlike the originals, can include dinosaurs. Some sessions follow a special date-night structure, whereas others occur off site at a winery retreat. At some locations, the staff members encourage visitors to bring their own wine and beer if desired—and they always allow snacks.
The stylists and technicians of ATL Beauty Bar work to enhance the natural beauty in clients of all ages, genders, and races. Stylists snip away excess hair, revealing ‘dos that accentuate personal style. Technicians tend to fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures using a salvo of standard and long-lasting gel polishes.
At Pamper Yourself, a choice of seven massage types makes it easy to do just that. Need to unwind? Try the long, gliding strokes of the Swedish or hot-stone modalities. Have an athletic injury? A sports massage soothes those overworked muscles. These massages can be combined with other services—including facials, seaweed body wraps, and mani-pedis—for a few hours of luxury.
Natural Epiphany Salon focuses on one thing and one thing only—nails. Rather than distract themselves with a never-ending menu of hair, waxing, or piano-tuning services, owner Felicia Andrews and her staff focus all their beautifying know-how to make hands and feet as healthy as they can be. Sanitary pedicure bowls replace the jet tubs favored at many salons, which can harbor unseen bacteria or really tiny sharks. For healthy hands on the go, Natural Epiphany's express manicure shapes up thumbs in just 20 minutes. Those who have more time to spare can indulge in the salon's mani-pedi of the month, a rotating treatment that can include anything from rose petals and sea-salt scrubs to soothing herbal wraps.
Just past the entrance to Nails By ME hangs an impossible-to-miss portrait of Marilyn Monroe—a mark of enduring style and beauty mirrored by the nail boutique's diverse menu of services. Administering more than just simple trims, the aestheticians hone in on fingers and cover them in luxurious finishes such as Minx Nails, an alternative to polish that results in a solid, chip-resistant coating. And when they’re not attending to individual clients, the nail techs transform into party planners, welcoming bachelorette parties and other groups with decorations, glasses of wine, mani-pedis, and classic rounds of pin the acrylic nail on the index finger.
As the strains of classical music flutter through a soft-green spa space, customers lounge in throne-like pedicure chairs and sip complimentary champagne and other drinks. An Asian--inspired philosophy of understated elegance and meticulous service suffuses Lady Sun, which, though primarily devoted to nailcare, also treats patrons to facials, massages, and waxing. Strict sanitation standards result in hospital-grade sterilizing equipment and bacteria-hostile hand and foot baths, preventing finger puppets from catching cold.
Sol Oasis's founder and veteran manicurist, KaSundra, earned her stripes in the upscale salons of New York and Atlanta before getting the opportunity to work on the high-profile hands of Hollywood stars such as Terrance Howard, Kelly Hu, and Regina King. Welcoming only one client at a time in her tranquil spa, KaSundra is able to lavish each guest with her undivided attention as she performs a wide array of nail and spa treatments. She incorporates natural and organic products into her many services, which include facials, makeup application, Chinese finger-trap removal, and waterless pedicures that are safer and more sanitary than normal pedicures. As natural light peeks through decorative window screens and visitors kick back in a plush, olive-colored throne, KaSundra treats hands and feet like royalty.