Ehmi Nail, Salon & Spa's talented technicians tend to clients in a space marked by stone tile, textured walls, and cozy leather seating. After brainstorming with clients during complimentary consultations, they give heads more breathable cuts or change identities with coloring, highlights, and straightening treatments. Files bring order to unruly nails during mani-pedis before techs lay down coats of color from OPI, Essie, and Chanel. Private rooms allow visitors to luxuriate peacefully during different massage modalities, which incorporate music, hot stones, and flickering candles to coax stress out of aching muscles. Technicians also decorate faces with professional makeup applications and facials. Ehmi Nail, Salon & Spa happily opens its doors to private parties, welcoming groups celebrating events ranging from a girls’ night out to the world’s prettiest fantasy-baseball draft.
Inside Bella Salon & Spa, tiled floor-to-ceiling columns, chandeliers, and marble fireplaces evoke an atmosphere of luxury and elegance. For clients, those descriptors are also manifested in the form of haircuts fashioned by stylists and imbued with color and highlights. Elsewhere in the salon, nail technicians clean, groom, and decorate digits with OPI’s Euro Centrale collection of polishes, among others, and a massage therapist kneads away stress and aches.
Certified nail technician Stephanie Johnson has worked to groom and adorn nails for more than 19 years. Today she does so out of her own Artistic Creations Phenix Salon Suite. The Phenix Salon Suites franchise has found monumental success all over the nation since opening in 2007, and Stephanie's location is no exception. Clients come to her to have nails enhanced with a long-lasting CND Shellac or a set of acrylic gel nails. While they're at the salon, clients can also peruse Phenix’s other luxurious suites inhabited by professional hair stylists, massage therapists, and taffy pullers.
Though The Band Box Salon is one of many in the Phenix Salon Suites, it feels as it could be a room in a quaint country home. Wall sconces cast a warming glow on a vintage wooden vanity and matching dark hardwood floors. Amid these cozy accents, expert stylist Penny DeArmond facilitates hair renewal with sleek cut, color, and styling treatments. Guests may also solicit her expertise of a long-lasting gel manicure or facial wax to nix unwanted fuzz.
Pura Vida Tans swaddles pale bodies in bronze blankets of both ultraviolet and spray-on pigmentation. Two sessions in the walk-in Mystic Tan spray system anoint anatomical armor with a warm mist of airbrushed colorants and moisturizers that adhere and evaporate in just 15 minutes, leaving a light or dark glow in their wake (up to a $43.30 value for medium/dark level, including tax). Traditional tanners can slide into clean, modern SunDash body toasters with a Pura Vida basic membership for Level 1 burnishing that sets skin aglow from head to foot with specialized facial tanners, allowing skin to reap the benefits of beach exposure for a full month without the sun’s awkward, burny kisses (a $54.95 value, including tax). Pura Vida's storefront sets a bright, tropical stage for both tanning options, with palm-tree art and fluorescent walls psyching skin up for a summer of Midas-touched fun.
After a trip to Spa On The Square, you may smell like you got lost in a baker's kitchen. The enticing aromas spring from services such as peppermint scalp massages and foot scrubs that incorporate honey and brown sugar, add-ons to a list of soothing body treatments. The rest of the spa's menu, though not quite as infused with appetizing fragrances, yields equally sweet visits. Custom facials begin with a skin analysis, then lead into a double cleansing, exfoliation, and a pressure-point massage, which clients can top off with a gentle Aveda Perfecting plant peel. At hairstyling stations, the salon staff fashions new cuts and imbues them with color or smoothing keratin formulas.
Meanwhile, med-spa professionals fade wrinkles, sun damage, and acne with microdermabrasion sessions. Their laser technology enables them to reduce spots of discoloration and firm up sagging skin, as well as inhibit hair growth. Aestheticians can also remove unwanted strands through sugaring or waxing.
Regardless of their appointment type, guests achieve serenity in a welcoming environment—owner Martha Blue means for her spa to be an excuse for self-nurture. In addition to providing single treatments, she composes packages and hosts private parties, which can include meals set in a private dining room.