Framed by a bold façade of magenta and eggshell white , Le Pink Boutique’s store windows draw in visitors with their extravagant displays of chic, seasonal clothing, swimwear, and jewelry. Like the mesmerizing courtship dance of the lophorina superba, the bustling shop’s exotic decor fascinates passersby with a flurry of feathers and color. Chandeliers cast showers of light through crystal prisms upon walls striped in pink and cream, an antique golden loveseat, and jungles of slender candles and snaky black feather boas. Nestled among the mirrors with gilded frames and strewn-about roses, chunky jewelry and twirly summer dresses hint at adorable outfits to come, and mannequins flaunt saucy lingerie ensembles.
When greeting clients, Top Line Nails's Jimmy is friendly, funny, and charming. When it comes to actually painting nails, though, he's all business. He provides his clients with intricate, hand-painted designs, transforming each nail into a unique work of art which complements its neighbors. He often paints these creations in the style of French tips, leaving the bulk of the nail a natural pale pink, while the tops boast sparkling finishes that fade from blue to pink, intricate patterns of palm fronds or flowers, or even hearts and tiny gems.
Although Sarah Bent spent 13 years as a high-school English/ESL teacher, she recently decided to return to her first passion: cosmetology. Inside Liberty Street Hair and Nail Studio's homey salon, Sarah beautifies clients with hair and nail care. Men, women, and kids alike can get a new style or trim, and she also updates locks with full color or touchups. She also performs mani-pedis and waxes brows and lips to perfection.
With nearly 40 years of combined experience, Escape Salon co-owners Angie Lara and Lisa Bair cut and style hair and beautify 'dos with color, perms, and conditioning treatments. Along with haircare, the salon also offers infrared-sauna sessions, a stress-relieving detox that can also help boost metabolism and promote weight loss.
B' Polished Nail Studio pampers and polishes the extremities with top-quality Young Nails, OPI, and ECO products in an upscale, professional atmosphere. The full acrylic-nail set sheaths key-tappers in artificial armor, decorating each fingernail in fetching styles such as the classic french manicure or the third French's Mustard logo.
Today, she's a master stylist, but before beauty school, Hali Owens focused on psychology while immersed in a criminal justice curriculum. Since shifting to her true passion, however, she's cultivated a service menu that ranges from bang trims to elaborate wedding updos topped with three-tier cakes. Despite all these choices, Owens advises guests not to get too overwhelmed: "Don?t worry about knowing exactly what you want," she says. "I am glad to help you decide and make the process as easy and stress-free as possible." Customers are able to relax in Owens's chair, knowing they can depend on her 15 years' experience and expert eye to shape and color the perfect hairdo. Her specialties help clients feel their best, and to Owens, that's the best part of the job: "My favorite moment," she says, "is when my client looks in the mirror at the finished look and I can see their confidence rise!"