Home to the state's largest freestanding bouldering island, New Jersey Rock Gym houses 12,000 square feet of vertical terrain to climb as well as 41 top roping stations. Armed with either day passes or membership, guests scamper up the gym's synthetic summits, hoping to ask questions of the learned ceiling light sequestered at the top of the mountain. While gear is included with some membership options, guests can opt to bring their own materials or rent the individual shoes ($5), harnesses ($4), or chalk bags ($2) they need from the pro shop. New Jersey Rock Gym offers a collection of educational course work in the vertical arts, teaching belay technique to beginners or advanced skills to adults. Children can also take advantage of youth climbing programs, mini camps, and birthday parties before retiring to private refreshment chambers to absorb bottles of electrolyte-infused refreshment. The nearby pro shop outfits climbers with name-brand gear for purchase, while a WiFi lounge transmits terabytes of data into nearby electronic devices or unsecured cyborg brains.
While adept at many modalities, prenatal massage is Cody Schniepp’s main area of interest. The licensed massage therapist enjoys helping pregnant women adjust to life changes, be it the pains of child bearing or child rearing. He also performs infant massage, a method he teaches to help strengthen the parent-child bond.
65th Street Salon & Spa's team of friendly beauticians, which ranges from Great Lengths Extensions–certified stylists to massage therapists, unites a variety of specialties to pamper a diverse clientele. Salon staff consults with clients to provide top-notch haircut and color services and hair-removal treatments. The facility’s spa hosts such indulgences as manicures, pedicures, and facials, and the resident beauticians apply makeup for brides-to-be, whether they're getting married that day or just fixing a leaky pipe under the kitchen sink.
Salon Fusion’s team of six stylists tends to tresses with luxurious products from Brazilian Blowout, Moroccan Oil, and Aquage. Deft scissor hands shape unruly locks into custom ’dos, lengthen tresses with Babe extensions, and smooth strands with advanced Brazilian blowouts, which boost shine more subtly than a teaspoon of mirror shavings. To complement head-hair services, seasoned techs can also wax away unwanted stubble throughout the body, bronze physiques with Fake Bake spray tans, and enhance facial features with expertly applied makeup.
Each of the four types of UV tanning beds at Relax n Tan Inver Grove Heights is expressly designed to keep clients comfortable. They have integrated cooling systems and music docks, and their ergonomic shape sports an arrangement of lamps that focus additional energy on the face and shoulders, which simulates an outdoor tan or the effects of tackling the sun. Alternatively, spray-tan technicians can help clients pick out appropriate shades before airbrushing them with natural DHA, paraben-free bronzers that develop over eight hours.
In addition, the Relax n Tan team helps to stave off wrinkles and sagging skin with red-lamp therapy beds and botanical body wraps. Certified massage therapists clear away stress and bodily toxins with a menu of 12 modalities.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Sasse Nails’ appointment-only policy fits in with the salon’s overarching philosophy. Owner Kristine Koenker’s team of nail technicians take all the time they need with each customer, soaking, scrubbing, and polishing toes for a full hour without feeling rushed. The relaxed, serene atmosphere doesn’t stop there: Kristine makes sure each station has a comfortable amount of space, and a leaf-shaped mirror reflects warm, earth-toned hues meant to inspire tranquility.
As techs apply long-lasting Gelish polish or dip toes into warm paraffin wax, clients can peek through the windows and glass door that separate the nail salon from Kristine's adjacent full-service hair salon. The glass dividers open up the space visually, but keep noise to a minimum, and the quiet is only interrupted when clients express their gratitude for well-treated feet with tap-danced Morse code.