When the Douglas J Aveda Institute opened in Knoxville in 2011, it joined a family of institutes and salons that Douglas Weaver started in the 1960s. Here, Aveda students pursue certification in cosmetology and esthiology while practicing their craft on real clients under the supervision of licensed educators. And because students perform the services, the rates are lower than at traditional salons. The Knoxville treatment menu includes hair design—cuts, color, retexturizing—as well as Aveda’s Elemental Nature facials, pedicures, and manicures.
The Institute is inside the historic S&W Grand building, a handsome art-deco landmark that, like a compassionate fairy-tale prince, is equally handsome on the inside. The spa rooms have a rustic balance of exposed brick and wood paneling, and the salon’s geometric light fixtures gleam upon checkerboard tile floors and industrial shelving lined with Aveda’s signature products.
High-tech tanning equipment and an amiable and knowledgeable staff greet clients at VIP Tanning, a go-to indoor-tanning emporium in business more than 20 years. Here, customers can refill their vitamin D reserves from UV beds or standup booths, or bask in a nonstreaking, UV-free sunless tan from the Mystic Tan system.
After taking time off to nurture her new beautiful family, licensed nail technician Candice Tess has found herself freshly enthused to bring out the beauty in others. In her cozy chair, Candice decorates nail billboards with acrylic and shellac polishes, and rehabs cuticles with therapeutic paraffin wax treatments. Patrons can also solicit the salon's other dynamic services such as hair styling, waxing, massage, and rock-paper-scissor coaching.
Voted the best tanning salon in the Lansing area by readers of Lansing City Pulse in 2011 and 2012, Tanzmania Tanning bestows glows in a variety of ways. Level I tanning bed sessions blend UVA and UVB light to build base color while Level II enlist elevated levels of UVA as well as increased power to deliver a bronzer look. High pressure tanning beds amp up 15,000 watts per side, whereas spray tans that offer clients a UV-free tanning alternative.
Most of the stylists at Cutters Point East have at least a decade of experience, with several serving more than 20 years in the business. They draw on their years of knowledge to craft classic and modern hairstyles fit any age or gender. Many of the hairstylists serve double duty as aestheticians and manicurists. They wax off unwanted facial and body hair, perform cleansing facials, and coat nails in pretty colors. Manicures can finish with a coat of Shellac polish, available in 12 different colors that dry quickly and prevent chips for up to 14 days or, if fingers are cryogenically frozen, forever.
The College Store stocks its scholarly shelves with a serious selection of Michigan State University apparel and merchandise. Prevent upper bodies from going naked into the world with a raspy-voiced Izzone T-shirt ($18) or prep yourself for an ivory-towered death match with a plush Spartan helmet ($19.99). Turn buckeyes green with envy with a 2010 Big Ten Championship hat or let your academically aggressive tween profess his or her loyalties with a stylish pair of kids' scrubs ($15.99). The College Store also carries an extensive gift section featuring pennants ($14.99), tailgating cups ($3.99), and MSU basketball backboard pins ($4.99) so neighborhood gym rats can run miniature post-up drills against your flexed bicep.