Tina Demers's treatment menu might make you hungry. She applies pumpkin foot scrubs and chocolate masks to spice up her signature manicures and pedicures. And though these tantalizing ingredients are there to nourish the skin and nails, Tina believes that the taste buds deserve a reward as well. That's why she serves pumpkin-spice coffee or hot chocolate for clients to savor while their hands and feet are worked on. Whether she's doing elaborate nail art or a simple manicure, Tina can be found at Cheryl Ann's Salon, a lively and welcoming space with Broadway-musical posters on the walls, hair products on the shelves, and beauticians on hand to transform clients from head to toe.
Salon KG occupies the first floor of a small 19th-century manor that's mostly unchanged. Natural light floods through large windows onto an original Spicer stove and hand-carved fireplaces replete with beautiful italian tiles. Original accents that couldn't be salvaged are repurposed, such as the old staircase, which was fashioned into a modern reception desk. But don't let the classic accents fool you— every KG stylist is up to date on the latest cut and coloring techniques. Guests may also request spray-tanning sessions or swift brow waxes or retreat to the library turned mani-pedi room for views of the lush garden patio.
During spa mani-pedis, Alice Callaway-Ridgewell of Alice's Gel Nails trims cuticles, scrubs tootsies, and shapes claws before topping them in vibrant polish. A coating of Luxio gel layering further fortifies keratin with a color that lasts approximately two weeks and can type 400 words per minute. Patrons can also get a royal cosseting that crowns two noble nails with 24-karat gold leaf to rule over the remaining gel-nail subjects.
On the block of McKinley Street, stylist Krisel Baumet transforms clients' looks with eyelash and hair extensions. The certified lash extensionist has more than 12 years of industry experience. At Blueberries Lashes, she applies single-strand NovaLash extensions using a long-lasting, medical-grade adhesive. With proper care, these extensions can last up to four weeks. Krisel is also a certified hair extensionist and even serves as a hair extension instructor. Blueberries Lashes services include facial waxing, hair coloring, professional makeup application, spa-style manicures and pedicures, and flattery free of charge.
Before Christina DiBiasio and Brooke Young cofounded Total Body Affinity, they were both members of the Rhode Island College Dance Company. This shared background in dance performance informs their total-body approach to wellness, whether they're offering up fitness programs or spa services. During personal-training sessions, they customize fitness and meal plans that help members reach personal health goals. For the more community minded, classes such as yoga, Zumba, and Total Body Boot Camp jumpstart metabolisms, tone limbs, and boost endurance.
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The salon's mint-green walls are lined with cozy beige leather pedicure chairs and recessed alcoves of fresh-picked daisies. Amid these warm accents, skilled technicians rehab nail shields with symmetric shaping and vibrant polishes in a multitude of colors. Guests can also request sumptuous add-ons such as reflexology with lavender oil or therapeutic hot stones.