Clients stepping into any one of Connecticut's five Kennedy's locations are transported to a simpler time when men were gentlemen and a trip to the barber was a relaxing social experience. The polished wood-trimmed d?cor and vintage leather furnishings echo that bygone era, and the smell of after-shave and sounds of scissors clipping away locks complete the portrait. Barbers offer cold beverages and hand-selected music before trimming hair or cleaning away stubble with the almost-forgotten art of the straight razor.
To render this atmosphere social, most locations sport a lounge with saloon tables, billiards, and more modern appurtenances such as flat-screen TVs and butler robots. This spirit of old-school personal service showcased amid elegant, throwback d?cor has helped Kennedy?s win a number of accolades, including the Best Barber Shop award from Orlando Magazine six times, most recently in 2013.
Maria Charris looks at a head of hair and sees a world of possibilities. She can sculpt updos for special occasions, braid strands together, or create virtually any chic style her clients ask for. Like well-adjusted superheroes, Ms. Charris doesn't work alone; Fredric & Company's staff includes experts in all manner of hairstyling for men, women, and children.
At Fox Nails Day Spa, beauticians greet clients with complimentary teas and other beverages designed to ease the mind prior to the start of services. Nail technicians spruce up digits before embellishing them with OPI, Minx, or vegan polishes. Aestheticians add beauty to the skin with Arbonne products during facials, advanced galvanic treatments, and lactic acid skin peels that leave exteriors shining like a gold medalist on a podium surrounded by strobe lights. The staff harnesses the gentle exfoliating properties of botanicals during aromatic body treatments and vegan-friendly body scrubs.
Salon Shahin owner Shahin Farzam opened his salon with a steadfast pledge to devote time and attention to both clients and the environment. The team of hairdressers uses plant-based Phytologie products, and each stylist brings his or her own unique touch to the styling chair, delivering customized classic and cutting-edge haircuts alongside coloring services that use ammonia-free European products.
Clean Image Medical Spa, first in the state to offer the innovative cellulite-reduction therapy, wields the intense-pulsed-light technology of the FDA-approved VelaShape treatment under the watchful eye of staff physicians. The process smoothes dappled epidermises, treating deep tissue and upper layers of skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared light, gentle vacuum action, and mechanical massage, resulting in a measurable reduction in fat layers, the appearance of cellulite. Each 40-minute session targets fat cells protruding into the outer dermis, producing, like an unhurried portrait painter, visible results in as few as two sessions.
David Sturtevant, owner of Indigo Hair Spa, draws on more than two decades of experience as he leads a team of stylists in designing shiny, fashionable hairdos. The salon is adjacent to the Trump Parc residences, where stylists work at stately wooden stations with marble countertops and full-length mirrors, and abstract artwork catches eyes as they look upward toward high ceilings and modern chandeliers.
To straighten frizzy tendrils, staffers reach for smoothing products and top off locks with moisture-rich Moroccanoil; they add depth in addition to shine by coating strands in Beth Minardi and Goldwell color; and renewing scalps and strands with products by Rene Furterer. The menu of services also extends beyond haircare with facials, body treatments, waxing, and makeup application.