Inside a renovated bank vault, stylists in training cut, color, and style the manes of their clients with Paul Mitchell products and techniques. In addition to foil color and highlights, the student stylists provide services such as chemical relaxers, deep-conditioning treatments, and perms.
For years, Gary Haggas collected vintage barbershop memorabilia, including midcentury Belmont barber chairs and a hot-foam shaving machine from the 1950s. Then, in May 2013, he gave his retro artifacts new life by opening his own barbershop in Brookfield. "Once I discovered barbering, I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," he told the News-Times.
Though the aesthetic at Gary's Barbershop is old-timey, Haggas's cutting skills are up-to-date: with four years of experience and a master-barber apprenticeship under his belt, he expertly cuts men's hair into styles ranging from conservative scissor-cuts to mohawks and leaves skin enticingly smooth with hot-shave sessions. Complimentary beer and flat-screen TVs make the barbershop a comfortable place to hang out, as does Gary's attitude: one of his favorite things about barbering is "meeting people, getting to know clients and watching kids grow," the News-Times reported.
Ron McKnight, licensed massage therapist and owner of The Center for Therapeutic Massage and Athletics, honed his muscle manipulation skills working on Olympians in Barcelona, Atlanta, and Athens. His deft hands seek out injury-prone areas of the anatomy on the sporty and stationary alike and attempt to prevent strains and third-degree charley horses. He has been known to ease the pain of headaches, muscle spasms, and stiff necks, and is so dedicated to improving overall wellness that he offers hearing and cognitive-assessment testing to ensure his clients are in peak physical condition.
The skin- and bodycare experts at Body Essentials Holistic Spa and Wellness Center, a private appointment facility and wellness center, strike a balance between relaxing and energizing therapies to restore equilibrium to stressed-out bodies. Rejuvenating body treatments blend all-natural products with Eastern modalities—such as Thai herbal massages, Pranayama yoga breathing techniques, and reiki—to promote healing and relaxation. Nine types of facials target aging skin, congested sinuses, or chins covered in crayon scribbles.
Inside the quaint and welcoming storefront, the stylists of Salon Kamala fill the 1,000-square-foot space with the whirring of blow dryers and the crinkling of color-coated foils. Using L’Oréal deep-conditioning treatments, stylists restore moisture to manes and shine to mink iPhone cases, or they revamp looks with classic and modern cuts.
Canji Healing Touch owner Jennifer Graves grew up in a culture that emphasized touch. But when she came to the United States, she realized people were more physically distanced. She decided to become a massage therapist and bring the calming, comforting power of touch to more people. Her business's name pays homage to both her birthplace of Canje, Guyana, and her belief that touch can heal.
Before each of her massages, Jennifer fills the room with the soothing aromas of lavender and sage oil, then turns on relaxing music. She's skilled in a variety of therapies, including Swedish massage—whose relaxing strokes banish stress and increase circulation—and trigger-point massage, which helps relieve the pain of tight muscles. Prenatal and postnatal massages help women's bodies as they handle the added stress of pregnancy. Jennifer also performs sports massages to release tension and soreness from being too awesome at football. Her therapeutic integrative massages aim to not only help bodies feel better but also rejuvenate clients emotionally and spiritually to nourish their whole being.