Billowing drapes, exposed brick walls, and playful zebra-print furniture fill Swan Skin and Nail Spa, where owner Swangela Barlow brings her clientele up to speed on the latest developments in mani-pedis, facials, eyelashes, and waxing services. Barlow's diverse nail services?a specialty?include children's manicures, long-lasting shellac-gel treatments, and Minx manicures, a wholly customizable favorite of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
The Nail Spot Salon emanates a regal vibe with its rich purple walls and floors, bejeweled decorations, and trompe d'oleil chandeliers. Throw pillows decorated with purple rosettes line the sleek white pedicure station, where stainless steel faucets arch over pristine white basins. There, feet soak in warm water during the salon's signature "Spots" pedicures. Beyond gussying up natural and artificial nails, staffers host a slew of other beautifying services, including waxing, massages, milk and honey masques, eyebrow design, and cosmetics applications.
Sol Oasis's founder and veteran manicurist, KaSundra, earned her stripes in the upscale salons of New York and Atlanta before getting the opportunity to work on the high-profile hands of Hollywood stars such as Terrance Howard, Kelly Hu, and Regina King. Welcoming only one client at a time in her tranquil spa, KaSundra is able to lavish each guest with her undivided attention as she performs a wide array of nail and spa treatments. She incorporates natural and organic products into her many services, which include facials, makeup application, Chinese finger-trap removal, and waterless pedicures that are safer and more sanitary than normal pedicures. As natural light peeks through decorative window screens and visitors kick back in a plush, olive-colored throne, KaSundra treats hands and feet like royalty.
Not everyone can say an Emmy-nominated celebrity stylist does their hair, but the clients of Charles Gregory do. Charles was recognized as head of the hair department on HBO's Emmy-nominated original film Lackawanna Blues, a position he has also held on numerous Tyler Perry films. With such commercial success, it’s not surprising that celebrities such as Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, and Raven-Symoné have also flocked to his talents.
Today, after years spent teaching, medal-winning, makeup-academy-founding, and star-styling, Charles pilots his own salon’s team, which includes hairstylists, a massage therapist, and aestheticians that provide facials, microdermabrasion, waxing, and makeup application. In addition to cutting and coloring, the salon’s stylists can also apply extensions and weaves made from real human hair.
The first thing to know about Kat’s Café is that it’s likely to be crowded – really crowded, unless you can sneak in early. But if anything, squeezing in for the drink specials and vibrant music is all just part of the charm at Kat’s, where the exposed brick walls and warm, autumnal coloring give the café a laid-back, cozy vibe. Whether you are in the mood for spoken word artists, comedians or live music, Kat’s has a weekly night that you – and plenty of others – will want to check out. It’s a great place to meet up with a couple of friends and just relax, downing cocktails and noshing on hand-made pizzas, quesadillas and simple salads.
“Remember, it begins with your eyebrows and ends with your feet,” reads a quote on Alicia's Arch Complete's Facebook page. For more than 15 years, beauty veteran Alicia Rankin has been building more beautiful bodies from the brows downward, working from a service menu that includes antioxidant-rich facials, full-body waxing, and nail services. To help customers maintain that postsalon patina at home, the staff also retails a line of foot and body scrubs in scents such as lavender, pumpkin spice, and pink grapefruit and can also be called upon to lead makeup lessons for individuals or groups of confused time travelers.