Nestled in a renovated historic building in Old Town Fort Collins, The Sanctuary's private treatment rooms act as oases from the hustle of modern life. Seasoned aestheticians administer skin care services such as facials, peels, and microdermabrasion. The Sanctuary champions the local economy, purveying products from its own backyard; Sanítas and Vital Therapy are both all-natural Colorado-based product lines.
Inside a small brick building adorned with a chimney and green trim, Dave and Carol McEndaffer work amid lilac walls and potted plants. It’s a lovely setting for a couple in the business of beautifying people, which they have extensive experience in. The duo has owned salons throughout the past 37 years and added Laurels Salon of Distinction to their stable more than a decade ago. They've studied with seasoned stylists; while Dave focuses on hair, Carol pours her efforts into skin care, wellness, and restoration treatments for baldness and thinning hair.
In addition to cuts and ammonia-free color, they cosset their clientele with massages, spray tanning, and waxing. The salon is stationed across the street from Colorado State University, so it’s a convenient spot to de-stress after an exam or to cover your eyes with cucumbers before a scary PowerPoint presentation.
East meets west during every one of Jessika Mankin’s custom table massages. The licensed massage therapist targets physical stress and energy imbalances with custom massages that incorporates circulatory massage, deep-tissue therapy, stretching, and Asian bodywork to help bring mind and body back into alignment. Once clients are situated on Jessika’s heated massage table, they'll relax under the organic, locally made massage creams and soothing pressure, which Jessika tailors to accommodate each client’s personal needs. And, if desired, she can also augment each treatment with nutritional advice, stretching techniques, and pain management tips.
At Sienna Tan, four different UV beds variously boast amenities such as 360-degree bulbs, facial lamps, and iPod capabilities. The salon also makes UV-free sessions available by furnishing a voice-automated VersaSpa booth that’s equipped with an air-purification system. Tanning time can be purchased by the session, the week, or the month.
Sienna Tan’s staff also encourages an ongoing relationship with their clientele by presenting appealing membership options. Monthly members receive a complimentary welcome kit, which includes free upgrades to higher level beds, a pair of UV-blocking eyewear, guest passes, and a VersaSpa session. All members can benefit from Sienna’s tanning tips, which shed light on how to best maintain a bronzed finish. Additional FormoStar body wraps use far infrared heat to jump-start metabolism, detoxify the skin, and thaw hearts frozen by the icy glares of gorgeous snowmen.
Aubrey Meckley and Penny Fryer, the founders of PuraVida Spa, envisioned owning a spa that would specialize in medical skincare treatments. They shared one stipulation, however: their spa could look nothing like a cold, clinical office and therefore had to be filled with elements designed to invoke relaxation. This explains the breezy curtains, soft lighting, exposed wooden beams, and rich, chocolate-colored accents that join together to make PuraVida Spa a stress-free oasis at the edge of Colorado State University’s bustling campus.
Amid such soothing confines, licensed aesthetician Fryer draws on more than 17 years of experience as she beautifies complexions with chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and laser hair removal. Eager for extensions of any kind, the beleaguered college students next door pay regular visits to Meckley, who outfits their tired eyes with thick and natural-looking eyelashes.