Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
Nicole Skinner tends to her clients’ hair inside Salon 84, a cozy retreat peppered with unique decorative touches. Circular mirrors cling to geometric-printed wallpaper in soft gold and maroon hues. Eye-catching lights reminiscent of giant marshmallows dangle from the ceiling and illuminate a sleek wood floor and gray- and white-striped chairs.
Though their names may be slightly different, the family of nail salons that is Comstock Nails, Lovely Nails, MI Nails, and Wyoming Nails have almost everything else in common. That includes a friendly staff, pedicure thrones with soothing jet tubs, and specialty nail services such as Shellac manicures. The last of these is a particular highlight—the specially formulated Shellac polish cures under UV light and resists chipping for up to two weeks. All three of the salons carry multiple colors of CND Shellac polish, including seasonal shades such as Sugared Spice and Deep-Fried Turducken.
Twenty years in the hair industry has afforded Linda VanSweden plenty of time to sharpen her skills. Her extensive training involves the newest hair cutting and coloring techniques, as well as perms. In addition to cutting away overgrown locks, she performs mani-pedis and removes unwanted hair on eyebrows, upper lips, and tongues with waxing services.