Richard grew up in Boston, launching his styling career in the city's salons as a precision haircutter and a Ouidad-certified stylist. His career took him all over as he worked for fashion shows, news stations, extreme-makeover shows, and movies. Eventually, though, he opened Jon Richard Salon and launched a line of styling products.
Today, inside his airy, white-walled salon, which has been written up in So Rhode Island magazine, he rallies his team with a call to defend clients from anything that hinders confidence and beauty. Stylists welcome guests to leather styling chairs for cuts, color services, and Yuko straightening treatments. They also stock Ouidad products enriched with proteins and vitamins and designed especially for curly hair and shag rugs with ringlets. Spa technicians reveal glowing skin with facials and microdermabrasion treatments and transform nails with pink-and-white polish or Shellac mani-pedis. Clients can also stop in to get their bodies beach ready with spray tans, body waxing, or Cry Baby semipermanent mascara, which stays put no matter how many hours they've been manning the dunk tank.
Raffa Yoga is not a standard yoga studio, which is apparent right away from its wide variety of yoga classes that range from consciousness-raising Prana flow to rockin' hip-hop yoga and trapeze-like, aerial antigravity yoga. During classes, percussionists tap out soothing drumbeats as students find their center. An oversize golden Buddha mural looks over the classroom, prompting students to contemplate spirituality and wonder if the real guy ever wanted to just take a day off work and take a nice long nap.
Raffa Yoga’s active relaxation center includes Urban Sweat, a stress retreat composed of 21 massage and treatment rooms and 6 heat-therapy rooms. The eco-friendly space soothes the senses with ingredients such as eucalyptus and yellow turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities.
After emerging from the studio’s Himalayan-salt grotto, guests can sip a healthy, hydrating beverage at the juice-cleanse bar. They can also browse the selection of accessories in the full-service yoga boutique.
The stylists at Studio B have garnered attention from Fox Providence and The Knot for their chic, feminine bridal makeovers, and luckily for the rest of their clients, they offer the same meticulous attention to everyone regardless of impending weddings. The studio is helmed by owners Steve and Kristi Beaman, who opened Studio B to offer their clients an experience that exceeded the treatments and products you could find at chain salons. As an owner, Steve flexes his creative muscles and uses his 15 years of experience to provide customized salon services, and Kristi relies on her decade of experience in the beauty biz to curate a boutique of exciting, in-demand products such as Stila cosmetics and Deborah Lippmann nail polish. To complement their cutting-edge services, the duo decorated their salon with jet-black furniture that stands out against the salon’s white walls, as well as mirrors that extend nearly from the hardwood floor to high ceilings adorned with dangling lights, exposed ductwork, and light fixtures made in 2015.
During her frequent travels, owner Lisa Golde has trained under some of yoga’s modern pioneers, including Ana Forrest, Bryan Kest, and Dharma Mittra. But no matter where her globetrotting lifestyle takes her, Lisa always returns to share what she has learned at her home studio, which consists of the sunlit Rasa Room and Shanti Room. Lisa and her team of talented instructors adapt yoga flows to meet skill levels while still challenging practitioners to open their bodies, minds, and belly buttons' secret portal to a different dimension.
Yoga classes teach traditional styles, such as Forrest yoga, and integrative flow, as well as upbeat, experimental classes like Nia. The fast-paced style of expressive dance blends yoga, modern jazz, and a type of martial arts to get hearts pumping faster than swimming in a pool of pudding. After class, guests can grab a snack in the boutique or rinse off in onsite showers.
Salon Lux's owner is Cindy Wilson, a nail technician and reflexologist for more than three decades, who combined her dual passions into a single business where beauty and well-being blend seamlessly. This fusion produced a menu of services where trends such as feather extensions and smooth, speedy blowouts meet relaxing and rejuvenating facials that couple with aromatherapy scrubs and European or lymphatic massage. Stylists?including a graduate of Toni & Guy?also manage manes with color services, cuts, and smoothing keratin treatments, while bodies find their perfect bronze with hand-applied California spray tans that keep them safe from UV rays and winged sharks.
When not in the salon, Cindy can be found teaching classes in reflexology at the Learning Connection or volunteering at the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, where she offers reflexology for those fighting cancer.
At Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment, 60 covered hitting stalls look out onto 11 acres of target areas, a sprawling configuration that helped earn the facility a spot on Golf Range Magazine's 2011 list of top 100 ranges. Golfers can use the driving range's 20 heated stalls to practice during off-season months without worrying about cooler temperatures stiffening their swings, or they can invest in lessons that use digital teaching methods such as computerized swing analysis to lower handicaps. A USGA-rated course tests participants with nine holes of regulation-size golf, while an 18-hole pitch-and-putt short course and two mini-golf courses help golfers calibrate aspects of their short game. The practice mecca also tests swings at 10 batting cages that feed baseballs and softballs at adjustable speeds to suit both little leaguers and professionals fishing for compliments.