Carlene Francis helms her boutique, Nails by Carlene, with a friendly demeanor bolstered by a self-proclaimed “Caribbean sway.” The passionate digit artist gussies up finger- and toenails with colorful gel fills in a range of patterns and designs, from zebra stripes to Rorschach tests. Hands and feet also receive pampering treatments, as Francis lavishes skin with fruit-based scrubs, hot oils, and sea-salt soaks.
Dee'Sign Nail Salon's head nail tech Demetria "Dee" Jordan wields 10 years of experience imbuing fingernails and toenails with vibrant new caps. Put your hands where a member of the skilled staff can see them, and you'll be rewarded with a neat nail trimming of fingernails and toenails. Perfectly symmetrical tips will take the place of formerly unruly edges, and cuticles will be gently groomed into a more sightly disposition. Dee'Sign's staff dips limb-tips into polishes from brands such as OPI, Orly, and China Glaze with the attentiveness and care of a zookeeper bottle-feeding a newborn snake. After the mani-pedi, a nail technician buffs dry skin and removes tar and feathers from hands and feet with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub.
At The Hair Lounge, co-owners Angie Pilkington and Jennifer Miller keep their creative styling team educated on the latest industry trends through ongoing education. According to a feature on The Company Lab website, Pilkington has been a representative at the New York branch of the renowned Intercoiffure Mondial––an international organization for high-quality hairdressing that represents the top 2% of salons in the world. By encouraging her crew to strive for that same level of success, Pilkington has created a small business that is stylish beyond its stature, where personalized services take the place of cookie-cutter cuts and styles are sealed in with paraben-free Oribe products.
Inside the salon, vintage-inspired chandeliers illuminate the bright-pink dividers at each styling station. The lounge area uses transparent chairs, rich hardwood furniture, and gray walls with white wainscoting to create an ambiance that is both classic and modern, calling to mind the aesthetic of a hip Manhattan club or Mozart's favorite discotheque.
Though the shop’s sign features a pastel, cloud-covered design, A Heavenly Touch Day Spa’s interior is covered in rich fabrics and regal colors. A massage bed upholstered in chocolate brown welcomes those in search of therapeutic massage, and, over a checkerboard carpet of fall-colored squares, black leather chairs are the beauty thrones where pedicure clients sit. The spa’s three-woman staff also performs manicures, waxing, and skincare services, including chemical peels.
At Pink Sparkle Spa, young girls can add a dash of glitter to their medley of sugar, spice, and everything nice. These glamorous transformations take place at the spa or clients’ homes—with technicians providing everything from sweet-smelling mani-pedis to fancy makeup and updos. Pink Sparkle Spa also combines these services in an array of packages, with most including balloon bouquets, sweet bags, and a secret decoder ring for deciphering Parent Speak.
Nestled within All About You Day Spa, licensed massage therapist Marilyn Skidmore uses massage oils and gliding strokes to sideline clients' chronic aches. After relaxing with hot stone therapy or deep-tissue bodywork, clients can also solicit the spa's aesthetician Sabrina for a rejuvenating facial.