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.
Pacific Beach's Beauty Angel treatment pairs beautification and physique sculpting in a series of 10-minute sessions combining light therapy, vibration, and platform-based exercise. Within the stand-up booth, clients bask in a safe red light that works to reawaken the body's collagen and elastin factories, disentangling wrinkles around the eyes and firming skin across the entire physique. The booth sports a vibrating platform designed to help break down cellulite and further stimulate epidermal collagen production. The vibrating motion also facilitates muscle toning and recovery by relaxing fibers. After seven daily sessions over one week, wrinkles may begin to diminish, cellulite may begin fade, and skin may begin smooth out, negating the need to seek eternal youth in every municipal fountain.
Planet Fitness' massive, brightly colored edifice teems with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. A full range of cardio equipment is complemented by an elite team of fitness trainers, whose services are available to members without charge. After an intense muscle-pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons. With the gym’s annual membership fee waived for one year, exercisers easily sidestep one obstacle on the path to becoming Greek statues with baker's dozen-pack abs (a $39 value).
Shine Sunless Tanning Spa anoints bodies with natural-looking copper hues using modern equipment and the friendly assistance of a cadre of savvy, dedicated staff members. Utilizing VersaSpa sunless spray-tanning technology, Shine Sunless Tanning Spa spritzes epidermal terrain to impart even natural-looking tones without relying on UV rays or shiftless bronzer gnomes. Patrons stand in the VersaSpa booth as a gentle mist gilds skin with a tanning solution combined with an anti-aging moisturizing skin treatment. Clients can choose from myriad bronzing options to tailor tans and golden-hued dirndls that complement the natural complexion of their birthday suit.
Beach House Bronze keeps bodies tanned year-round thanks to a fleet of UV-tanning beds and sunless treatments. Like elaborate sandcastles, the UV beds are split into four different levels, from basic Ambition 250 systems to high-end Prestige 1100 beds that boast air conditioning, water misters, and docks for mp3 players. Beach House is also home to the MagicTan VersaSpa spray-tan booth, an amenity-packed machine that darkens skin in less than 60 seconds using a bronzer of the client's choice. Custom coloring also characterizes the in-house airbrushing, which is performed by a seasoned technician.