It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.
The beauty buffs at Envy Tan equip their newly opened salon with a collection of beds, spray-tan services, and red-light therapy that aims to bronze and tone the skin. Recline in a 12-minute lie-down bed or rehearse semaphore monologues in a 9-minute stand-up unit, all while soaking in the vitamin D emitted by the traditional Level 2 UV tanning. The pink and white upright Ergoline Beauty Angel chamber bathes bodies in therapeutic non-UV red light, which has been said to stimulate collagen production to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. The rejuvenating beams may refine skin texture, as the vibrating platform underfoot stimulates muscles and politely asks cellulite to leave the room. A trio of VersaSpa spray tan sessions evenly mists hides with a sunless bronzing formula in the comfort of a high-tech booth or low-tech bounce castle.
Joe Becerril doesn't want to train just one type of person. Instead, the certified personal trainer and owner of Elevate Functional Fitness prides himself on his ability to tailor programs for people of all athletic levels, such as beginners, body builders, and those with medical conditions. To do so, he taps into his fitness background, education, and supportive nature to challenge his clients to meet their own fitness goals, such as running a marathon or bench-pressing marathon runners.
The bronzing artists at Glow Sunfree Tanning and Waxing shade bodies to coppery hues with spray tans in just 15 minutes. Customizing their eco-certified tanning solution, which incorporates jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins to nourish skin, lets the professionals ensure clients acquire streak-free, natural-looking tans that can't be achieved with an orange crayon. In addition to darkening limbs, the salon staff waxes away unwanted fuzz for smooth, beach-ready skin.
Helmed by Kristi Backer, AfterGlow Studio aims to fill customers with the comfortable satisfaction of an improved appearance from well-done spray tanning or body waxing. Technicians use warm wax to remove unwanted hair all over the body by pulling it from the root. They also bronze skin with spray-tanning services, for which they can travel to customers' homes.
Tanu Tanning's triad of locations works to produce deep, even tans with a mélange of UV-powered beds and body-gilding lotions. Each location boasts a heavy lineup of 15–17 horizontal or vertical beds, some of which are equipped with facial tanners, so clients can customize their experience based on preferred duration and number of earthly petitions sent to Norse sun goddesses. Customers are also privy to half off all tanning-lotion bottles ($20+) with today's Groupon.