Within a stone's throw of Bliss Salon, a large water tower sits like a sleeping giant on the horizon and reads in a welcoming scrawl, "Florence, Y'all." This is an appropriate preface for Bliss's homey hardwood floors, leather chairs, and grape-hued walls. Though friendly stylists keep things professional with Redken products and ongoing training, Bliss Salon is a casual place where folks can relax and be pampered for a few hours while completing jigsaw puzzles on their laps. Personal consultations are always complimentary, so finding out about waxing, updo services, or hair-color upgrades is a no-pressure affair.
At Luminous Skin, Gina Gruber draws upon nearly two decades of experience in the skin care business, plus an arsenal of high-quality products to bring out her client's natural radiance. During facials, she employs Glo Therapeutics to soften and cleanse the skin, and when applying makeup for special occasions, she uses Glo Minerals cosmetics to highlight cheekbones without clogging pores. During spray tans, Gina also swaps harmful UV rays for a Liquid Sun organic solution, helping clients stay healthy while they ready themselves for an upcoming vacation or a stint as an Academy Award.
A cosmetologist with an eye for fashion, Kelli Fohl creates head-turning hairdos from her station at Salon Concepts. Kelli specializes in color, and with balayage treatments, highlights, or all-over coloring, she can bring vibrancy to hair that might have gone gray or hair that is currently going through an artsy black-and-white phase. In addition to cuts and color services, she also offers keratin treatments and formal styling, and can even lead blow-drying lessons for customers who want to learn how to recreate their 'do at home..
Each appointment at CXC Salon & Spa is like a mini makeover. Stylists use Redken, Big Sexy, and Joico products to help them transform clients? hair into fresh new dos. Technicians paint nails with bold hues in a special OPI gel polish that helps prevent chipping. Other visage-enhancing services include airbrush tans and permanent-makeup applications. Swedish and hot-stone massages work to relieve guests of stress and tight muscles.
It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.