A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa Eastlake is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in a red light therapy bed, which does a red light treatment on the full body. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. A Saunatox and other machines whiten teeth, and spray tan skin.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The board-certified plastic surgeons at Palm Harbor Plastic Surgery Centre give clients the gift of renewed confidence through cosmetic and reconstructive procedures and skin treatments. Dr. Ross and Dr. Buck lift, tuck, and contour trouble spots across the body to reduce inches or signs of aging, reconstruct imperfections, and repair skin plagued by scars or burns. Meanwhile, non-surgical procedures alleviate insecurities, nixing dead skin cells through chemical peels or microdermabrasion or removing unwanted hair with laser treatments or tiny, tiny weed whackers.
As a young man, John McKenna realized he had a talent for hairstyling, eventually moving from New York to the beaches of Florida to open his own salon. In addition to transforming the hair of clients ranging from mothers to teens, McKenna styled Miss Tampa's hair and won a reader-nominated runner-up award in 2010's Best of the Bay. Within his European-style salon, an exposed-brick accent wall adds a splash of warmth to furniture's sleek design, much like the cardigans that zoologists fit over the cheetahs they study. Behind their stations, certified color specialists paint tresses with golden highlights or lowlights and cover grays with Matrix honey-based color cream, which the salon guarantees will completely mask the offending strands. Stylists consult with clients before taking the first scissors swipes, determining the best shapes, lengths, and hues to fit each client's style. McKenna personally assures clients that "how you look is as important to us as it is to you."
Fountain of Youth Institute refreshes faces with a Sapphire 4 photo abrasion treatment, a noninvasive four-part process designed to exfoliate skin into better well-being. During the procedure, an epidermal gardener harnesses the power of a sapphire-encrusted wand to gently and painlessly scrub away dead skin cells, prepping the face for the next generation of grins and grimaces. A relaxing facial massage follows, persuading lymph nodes to release unwanted toxins and reduce puffiness. Next, one of the institute's experienced staff members skillfully glides a microcurrent plate across the face, while also shining red and blue LED lights on the skin to tone facial muscles, oxygenate the skin, promote collagen production, and decrease surface bacteria.
Salon JR is a Paul Mitchell Signature Salon, where our goal is to maintain the highest service industry standard for the benefit of our guests through highly trained professionals, quality products and a unique environment. We welcome you into our peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
What would make the owner of a successful tanning salon consider selling his business to a 20-year-old upstart? Robert Paolini may have been young, but he’d earned his bronze-colored stripes; since he was 16 years old, he’d worked long hours at the salon, and his friendly manner put customers at ease. When the sale fell through, Robert put together his own business plan, gathered investors—some of whom were former tanning clients—and opened his own salon, The Hot Spot Tanning Co.
The salon has since weathered a boom in the tanning business, and Robert attributes the company’s survival to an amicable staff, who have created an atmosphere he compares to the show Cheers. “People who tan visit the salon three to four times a week, more often than they go to the grocery store,” says Robert. “They want to go where they feel comfortable.” So in each private room, tanners can stow their gear safely on sturdy shelves, hang clothing on hooks, and refresh after sessions with deodorant, makeup remover, and hand wipes.
Warm-skinned patrons slip from high-pressure tanning booths, which coax out melanin with lights designed to avert burns and lend credence to claims that one is a model in a water-wings catalog. Against the hushed hiss of a Mystic Tan booth, Robert presides over a selection of supplements, sports drinks, and shakes, and draws on a certification in sports nutrition while guiding clients through health and weight-loss programs.