Before the start of each client’s service, Gina Vincelli brings them cups of organic tea as they sit on plush, vintage chairs in a private lounge, the walls of which are washed in light blues and chocolate browns. After years of working in an impersonal med-spa environment where doctors performed injections and lifts without getting to know their patients, she decided to shift her focus toward one-on-one treatment in holistic health care. Gina has channeled this passion for mind-and-body wellness into Awaken Organic Skincare & Boutique, distancing herself from a traditional clinical approach with organic formula-based facials, body treatments, waxing, and salon services. To relax clients, she fills the spa with aromatherapy scents such as lavender, eucalyptus, orange, and bergamot, varying the scents based on the season. She also fills the lobby with music and varies the tunes—from nature-inspired spa music to coffeehouse jazz—based on her current clientele.
Gina's staff of therapists executes noninvasive treatments, such as Beautiful Image facial and body sculpting, during which a small electric current runs through skin in need of toning. Shirodhara sessions drip a stream of warm sesame oil onto the patient’s forehead for a relaxing effect. Staff members also administer organic facials with Hylunia skincare formulas, which are free of parabens, perfumes, dyes, and preservatives to keep skin cleaner than Elmo's criminal record. To promote continuing skincare, the in-spa boutique's dark wooden cabinets are filled with homemade soaps, essential oils, and Jane Iredale mineral makeup, which aestheticians can match to clients' skin tone during free applications. Following a recent expansion, the spa now contains private showers for washing up after facials as well as an infrared sauna for covertly thawing pints of ice cream.
Under the glimmer of brass chandeliers, seven stylists at Bladez and Bangz craft hairstyles for straight hair and perform dry cuts for curly hair. The sensitivity to different hair types comes from owner Matt Mahoney, whose childhood was steeped in styling techniques. "I (went) from a baby bottle to a bleach bottle," Matt jokes. "I grew up in this business." As a kid, Matt tagged along with his grandmother to her beauty school and salon, picking up styling tips and helping technicians battle armies of sentient brooms. Now, he presides over his own team of stylists that uses Deva Concepts products for curls and Paul Mitchell keratin products to smoothen already-straight locks.
Too often, massages billed for their serenely relaxing nature are disturbed by the murmurs of other clients in the next room or in the hallway. Sandy Martinelli LMT, a graduate of Cortiva Massage Therapy Schools and certified in therapeutic massage and neuromuscular therapies, protects her therapy rooms from that kind of noise, but that's not the only way she creates a relaxing atmosphere. Her rooms are decorated in earth tones, such as shades of spring green, and she customizes the service for each clients individual needs. She invites clients to take all the time before or after sessions to relax, perhaps by mentally picturing sheep flying over a fence in a posh private jet.
I have been doing hair for more than 17 years. I constantly take classes and stay up-to-date with fashion and trends. I can enhance your current look or create a new one! My goal is to listen and give you exactly what your paying for. You satisfaction and looking amazing is the most important thing to me.
When it comes to relaxation, Lynn Principe is second to none. It's all because the licensed massage therapist knows that different techniques work for different people. If you're sensitive to firm pressure, she might alleviate your stress with the gentle, flowing strokes of a Swedish massage. Conversely, her deep-tissue techniques penetrate the outermost muscle layers to unearth hidden sources of tension. Lynn is even trained in a number of specialty modalities, such as reflexology, prenatal massages, and therapeutic stretching for clients who have been frozen in carbonite. A certified aesthetician, she also draws on organic products to create custom facials that tackle common skin problems such as acne and fine lines.