When Katie and Scott Gillespie opened Sassy Chic, they filled its confines with cozy touches that beckon clients to relax. A plush couch hosts waiting clients, and sheer, flowery curtains frame doorways throughout the salon. They also peppered the pale-blue walls with three-dimensional flowers and butterfly-themed artwork. Stylists dispense trendy haircuts in front of gold-framed mirrors, and nail technicians paint keratin sheets with polish colors that range from bold solids to glittery hues.
Sassy Chic Hair and Nail Studio provides its namesake services and more, but the studio doesn't stop there. Each service is complemented with thirst quenchers such as soda, wine, apple cider, and hot tea—just one of the many little extras that make pampering treatments pop. Special gel polish protects nails from chips, and a paraffin-wax application softens feet after a pedicure. The staff also cuts new styles on men, women, and children, and finishes off looks with beard trims or eyelash braids.
Destinations Salon and Spa's meticulous nail technician, Patty, colorizes digits with glitzy manicures, artificial nail applications, and pedicures performed in massaging chairs. The manicure and pedicure each kick off with a sugar scrub, which smoothes skin by sloughing off dead skin cells and deterring hair from its quest to construct the least efficacious kind of body armor—the soft braided kind. Keratin caregivers prune overgrown cuticles and whittle nail topiaries before glazing them in a uniform coat of glossy polish. Fresh sets of artificial gel or acrylic nails in pink and white or colorful hues settle atop fingers to guard underlying talons like a child who keeps siblings out of her room by silly-puttying the door shut.
An Aveda concept salon, Shine staffs expert aestheticians who woo customers with a comprehensive menu of beautifying and calming services. Haircuts ($35 for women, $20 for men) feature complimentary head, neck, and scalp massages to calm scissor-fearing tendrils, while non-scalp follicles can be sentenced to waxing, from simple lip pruning ($10 and up) to a full Brazilian deforestation ($65 and up). A manicure ($20) and pedicure ($35–$65) can restore shoddy digit tips to their original state of glamour. Pre-prettified figures can revel in a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute signature relaxation massage ($35–$85) from the licensed therapist, which features an effleurage barrage designed to ward off tax nightmares and melt away tensions. This Groupon can also be used toward products or pricier services such as the aromatherapy hot-stone massage ($80 for 60 min., $110 for 90 min.), which blots out agitation with essential-oil scents and sizzling basalt rocks.
Named best massage/facial service by Connecticut magazine for five years running, Tranquility places an emphasis on natural, holistic treatments. Customers enter a lobby decorated in soothing earth tones through a portal wreathed with vines, where they can then choose their preferred method of relaxation, beautification, and stress lancing. The light-to-medium pressure of a Swedish massage can improve muscle tone and stimulate circulation that stalls during the course of long workdays and transcontinental boat rides in sedentary soil boxes. The Rejuvenating facial, with its deep cleansing, toning, exfoliation, mask, and extractions, can hydrate the skin and reduce evidence of aging. Additionally, customers who spend a total of $400 (including this Groupon) in November and December at the spa and attached shop will receive a $50 gift certificate though the Shop and Save Days program.
Female-owned-and-operated since 1999, Fondue Body Piercing & Tattoo adorns epidermises with ink and jewelry in its clean, safe, and welcoming storefront. A member of Fondue's team of experienced tattoo artists leads clients past vivid pink- and orange-painted brick walls into private rooms, where an arsenal of professional tools await their next body art project. Fondue's extensive portfolio of past skin-borne masterpieces ($40+) includes scripted phrases, personal photograph renderings, and original designs of mythical creatures, such as unicorns and Norman Mailer. Body piercings ($20+, includes jewelry) add sparkle and additional aeration to dull body surfaces, from simple ear and nose studs, to clavicle piercings and ear gauging. The boutique also stocks an array of jewelry, men's and women's clothing, hookahs, purses, and other accessories, which are only redeemable with this Groupon when a tattoo or piercing is purchased.