Elk Grove natives Frank and Kelly Ross opened Solé Salon & Spa to be a one-stop shop for beauty and calm. On one side, stylists clip and color hair, while across the room a massage therapist works out kinks in muscles and overworked pinky toes. The shop’s boutique stocks a selection of gifts and accessories crafted by local artisans.
At Backs in Motion ChiroSpa, Dr. Williams and his staff aren’t just concerned with their clients’ physical health, but also their mental well-being. They pair expert chiropractic services with relaxing spa sessions to whittle away stress and tension from the outside in. Dr. Williams works to treat conditions ranging from arthritis to carpal tunnel syndrome and persistent headaches with his spinal-adjustment methods. He then turns clients over to his massage therapists and aestheticians for a full-on pampering in the spa with services such as bliss-inducing hot-stone massages or facials. The staff can also beautify faces with permanent-makeup applications, which can leave clients with enough time to make a nine-course breakfast in the morning.
Living Well Clinic's licensed experts present health hunters with a wealth of wellness options from spinal decompression therapy to health counseling. Groupon grabbers can elect to approach a skilled acupuncturist, who will pinpoint patients' problem areas. The precision poker then takes bewildered, toothbrushless travelers on a journey through Chinese medicine, using gauge needles to clear pain-causing blockages of energy. The pricking process can assuage afflictions such as anxiety, migraines, fatigue, stress, and arthritis.
Nailing a job interview, taking a spiritual retreat, and heading out for a night with friends—these disparate activities all work to boost one’s Oola. Fun to say and satisfying to achieve, you attain Oola when several core factors of your life are thriving. Oola might mean that you’re feeling good about your fitness level, finances, career, faith, or relationship with your family, friends, and ant-farm residents. The folks at Oola hope to boost Oola levels nationwide by helping their clients map out their life’s goals and how they will go about achieving them. The service also boosts Oola quotients by introducing their members to cool businesses and offering discounts on services including massages, fitness, and mani-pedis.
Of all of the services at Taglio Salon & Spa, owner and stylist Jennifer Nunez's favorite is hair coloring. "Someone can walk in with flat, ugly, torn-up hairs," she said, "and in two hours change to a completely different person. It's instant gratification." Though the color results may seem instantaneous, Jennifer's acquisition of styling skills in the beauty industry has been anything but.
She first became interested in hairstyling in high school, when she did her friends' hair. After college, Jennifer used her marketing degree to land a corporate job, then promptly quit to enroll in a salon academy. Jennifer's mentor was a platform artist for celebrity stylist Trevor Sorbie who taught her not only the fundamentals of working with hair but also the importance of education and technique. Today, at her own salon, Jennifer requires quarterly continuing-education classes for all stylists.
Even the decor at Taglio Salon & Spa took time. Jennifer and an artist designed the floor—a cloudy swirl of greens and blues—to suggest an ocean reef. As organic as the finished product may look, the process involved an airbrush, pump spray, and painstaking effort. This philosophy of performing diligent, patient work to achieve spectacular results runs through all of Taglio's services, which include applying polish to nails, exfoliating faces, or slowly eroding mountainsides by breathing heavily on them.
Each of the products in Ella Blue's personal skincare and cosmetics line is artfully wrapped in packaging that offers a modern take on the classic pictures of ‘50s-era women. This playful yet timeless approach is also echoed in the spa menu, which ranges from soothing massages and eye-enhancing lash extensions to no-chip mani-pedis and tanning services that leave the skin glowing brighter than a plate of freshly baked pennies.