Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
Hollywood Tan's 11 locations help Midwesterners stay tan year-round—even under their parkas. They accomplish this using equipment such as standup capsules, tanning beds, and Mystic Tan booths. Off to the side, lotions stand at attention on shelves, ready to help clients maintain their tan and keep their skin moisturized.
At Salon Papillon, owner Teresa Brewer and her staff of stylists and estheticians beautify clients with a range of hair-care services, mani-pedis, and facials. The staff uses products from more than 20 top industry brands, diversifying their products in order to address each client’s unique style or affinity for gold-plated ponytails.
Situated inside Earl's for Hair, J's Nail & Spa tends to the needs of fingers and toes. Technician Jenny applies long-lasting gel color and artificial nails, encrusts fingertips with jewels and nail art, and treats feet to sea-salt masks. She also performs waxing and facials.
With more than a decade of experience in the beauty industry, salon owner and certified colorist Natalie Harvey gives her clients fresh, new looks with her hairstyling services. She started her career at a young age and soon found herself teaching other stylists her techniques. Now, at Arco Hair Company, she calls on these experiences to lead a team of such maverick hair experts as Courtney Bass. After training under acclaimed St. Louis stylists, Courtney steeped himself in the Los Angeles fashion industry, honing a sense for cuts and color that challenged the style status quo. Today, Natalie, Courtney, and the rest of Arco's style team create fresh new looks with Schwarzkopf Professional color and the GKhair smoothing system.
The first thing many people notice about Sheilah Collins is her chatty demeanor, but the owner of Selah the Art of Beauty has more to offer than a friendly conversation. In her nearly 20 years of industry experience, she has also come to appreciate the importance of quiet relaxation. She and her team of technicians do everything in their power to promote a stress-free and rewarding spa experience, using organic and vitamin-based products during their calming facial treatments and painting nails with specialty Shellac polishes that resist chipping. The spa’s massage therapists strive to meet the high bar set by their counterparts, unwinding tension and repairing shoulders’ antiquated, steam-powered gears with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques.