The personality of each barber and hairstylist at imagine. A Barbershop and Hair Studio certainly shines through during each hair treatment. They showcase their artistic styles while striking a balance between modern and old-fashioned; though they stress creativity and cutting edge artistry, their service menu takes its cue from barbershops of old.
The space was founded to counter what the owners saw as 'cookie cutter' salons that lacked personality of their own. Gentlemen enjoy classic haircuts, beard design, and hot towel shaves. For women, they offer cutting and styling, along with color treatments, relaxers, weaving, and braiding. Other services, such as lash and brow tinting, are administered with the same zest and creativity as the rest. Massage therapy and children's hair services are also on the docket.
Licensed aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists convene beneath one roof at Bella Skin, Body & Boutique. Within this relaxation oasis, skin specialists call upon SkinCeuticals products to deep-clean pores and rejuvenate visages, all while buffing away signs of aging and causes of acne. Private spa rooms host meticulous waxing sessions as aestheticians gently strip away stubble or cacti prickles from the face, limbs, and bikini area. Nail technicians continue the beauty treatments with indulgent manicures and pedicures, crowning digits with vibrant polish or no-chip Shellac. Licensed massage therapists unleash five types of techniques across aching backs, from fluid Swedish strokes to soothing river-rock treatments.
Upholding the salon’s commitment to the latest in hair-cutting techniques, every stylist at Metropolis Salon undergoes extensive training and continuous education. Owner and accomplished stylist Emery Alain Nicoletti helms the salon’s in-house training program, teaching students the ins and out of salon work—from cut and color skills to the consequences of mistaking Barbasol for Gatorade. After up to two years in the program, pupils fly solo behind the styling chair to snip strands into chic cuts or enhance hair with highlights. Though hair styling is its foundation, Metropolis Salon also caters to skin and nail needs with a dozen facial treatments, waxing for face and body, and indulgent mani-pedis for both men and women.
At Blush Permanent Makeup, Michele Konitzer pursues a personal passion for highlighting each client’s natural beauty. Her steady hands amplify facial features with the gentle SofTap method, a skill she also shows off while working as a trainer for the company. After she dots the epidermis with the ultradurable pigment, bolder lashes can better fan the flames of desire, and shaded brows can alternate between arching elegantly and compulsively communicating the "M" in Morse code. Michele also flexes her varied cosmetic expertise as she performs teeth-whitening treatments and hangs full, flirty faux lashes over both eyelids in 40 minutes.
At Peaceful Spirit, owner and licensed massage therapist Mara Concordia and her staff help patients attain improved wellness through therapies that balance their physical and mental energies. To do so, they consult with each client and create tailored, integrative care plans that may draw upon treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and spa therapies. Through such customized care, Peaceful Spirit's practitioners have helped patients overcome everyday ailments as well as manage diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.
They also focus on teaching clients how to heal themselves through classes in Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing philosophy that combines simple movements and attentive breathing in order to cleanse the body and cultivate life force—known as qi or chi. In addition to Peaceful Spirit's five locations, therapists can meet patients in their homes or tree houses.
When a migraine threatened Kristina Olivarez's South American travels, a traditional medicine man in Belize relieved her pain, reaffirming Kristina’s belief in the power of massage. Although she received formal training in Portland and Tucson, Kristina has also practiced massage since childhood, using her intuition to scope out sore spots in her subjects' bodies. Today, Kristina sets out every morning looking to help bodies repair themselves through massage at Vital Touch. Inside the relaxing confines of Felicia's Salon, Kristina's long, slow strokes send the body into a state of relaxation previously unattainable without being hypnotized by a cheshire cat. During deep-tissue massage, her fingers delve deeper to extricate stiffness and soreness as she places hot stones strategically to dissolve lingering tension. Kristina uses only organic oils that avoid allergens, and treats each massage client to an invigorating scalp treatment.