Inside Extreme Sun Capsule, customers can easily get a sun-kissed glow in UV tanning beds that span multiple levels of intensity, including 15-minute magnum beds. Unlike low-pressure tanning beds, which require 10-15 visits for a base tan, high-pressure beds save time by only requiring 3-4 sessions that last approximately 12 minutes each. The 360-degree UVA high-pressure bulbs used in each bed's open design also help to decrease the risk of burn in a comfortable space. The salon offers spray tanning, too, in Mystic Tan booths that deliver a custom glow in minutes. After sessions, a cornucopia of lotions helps customers prolong the life of their tan.
Ivy's Vine Fine Salon & Cafe conveniently unites two very separate services under the same roof. Connected directly to the salon, Ivy's Swing From the Vine Cafe apportions patrons with dainty provisions, with or without the accompaniment of salon services. Crisply painted and peppered with decorative garniture, the quaint cafe attracts vacant grub repositories with the comforts of freshly made meals, from burgers and wraps to un-autographed yet verifiably authentic signature salads. The Leaf Me Alone salad—a combination of romaine lettuce, red onions, cucumbers, asiago, sun-dried tomatoes, and vinaigrette—begs for attention ($7.95), and signature sandwiches, such as the Jive Turkey with roast turkey breast, smoked gouda, apple slices and cranberry mayo, appeal to those who believe an apple slice a day keeps the doctor proud ($7.75). Diners can conquer morning cravings with Ivy's versatile breakfast spread, including the homemade quiche of the day, which showcases broccoli, spinach, ham, or canadian bacon alongside a fruity counterpart ($4.95).
For the past eight years, licensed massage therapist Pamela S.R. Williams has been improving clients' well-being with massage therapy. Expertly trained at the New York Institute of Massage, Pam's hands execute a variety of full-body massage techniques—literally from head to foot—to address health issues ranging from lower back pain to postsurgery swelling to depression. Patrons also regularly visit Keep In Touch Massage for rejuvenating spa services designed to soften skin or cleanse the body of impurities and permanent marker graffiti.
Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
The thought of leaving the house and facing the world sometimes stopped Rachel Kaye in her tracks. She had suffered from cystic acne from childhood into her adult life, and her self-esteem hovered at a low level. Surrounding herself with flawless-skinned individuals while working as a cosmetologist did not help either. And then Rachel made a life-changing decision: she enrolled in school for aesthetics, and learned to treat skin conditions such as her own. She now helps clients overcome chronic acne, oily skin, sun damage, and other stubborn issues with custom facials and chemical peels.
Licensed massage therapist Jamie Randall employs scented or unscented oils to unspool tight muscles with her patrons' choice of custom bodywork. In the comfort of a private room, Jamie discusses body-pressure preferences with clients to avoid activating old injuries or triggering pressure-sensitive land-mine tattoos. During 30- or 60-minute sessions, she can work to improve range of motion with firm deep-tissue kneads or employ the long, flowing strokes of a Swedish-style rub to promote blood circulation to tired limbs. At the finish of each massage, a foot rub with a peppermint-scented oil and moisturizer adds a spring to patrons' steps without tripping them with a casually discarded Slinky.