A symphony of buzzing blow dryers and snipping shears rebounds off Salon Indigo’s vibrant red walls and shelves lined with Aveda beauty products. Glass block divides the front-desk receptionist from the flurry of stylists, nail techs, and makeup artists as they labor away, beautifying and refurbishing clients. Each follicle coddler stationed in this Aveda Concept Salon relies on the respected brand's botanical-based products to rejuvenate manes, coloring hair with 97% chemical-free mixtures and massaging scalps with aromatic oils.
Aside from mane-sculpting services, the salon beautifies patrons in myriad other modalities. Makeup artists who specialize in bridal makeup get the faces of brides and their wedding parties big-day ready with pre-wedding sessions to ensure that every dab of lipstick, stroke of eyeliner, or smear of camo face paint looks perfect. To ensure clients receive an enjoyable experience, Salon Indigo's beautifiers participate in continuing-education courses to keep their skills sharp.
It's likely that when walking into a Big Apple Bagels, people won't just see baskets overflowing with fresh bagels, but they'll be able to smell fresh dough baking in the air. That's because bagels are both made and sold at each location, giving customers the chance to order up warm, chewy bagels in gourmet flavors such as blueberry cobbler and quiche lorraine. The cream cheeses are similarly diverse in flavor, as people can smear their bagels with onion chive, cheddar jalapeno, or whipped brown-sugar cinnamon. The menu also features New York-style deli sandwiches served on bagels and freshly tossed salads.
BAB serves products from their two sister brands, Brewster's Coffee and My Favorite Muffin, the latter of which uses soybean oil to keep their muffins moist yet low in cholesterol. Many locations also serve Freshëns smoothies, whose ripe-fruit blends are rich with healthy vitamins because unhealthy vitamins don't exist.
Chili Pepper's Tanning Inc. Megastores’ trophy case is getting full—in addition to being named one of Detroit’s best tanning salons three times in a row by CityVoter, it has acquired accolades from Local 4 and CBS Detroit, which commends its spray tanning. Its growing awards reflect Chili Pepper’s growth; since opening in 2002, Chili Pepper’s has expanded to 15 locations, spreading across Detroit like the buffalo pox.
In every location, five levels of tanning beds turn skin a sun-kissed gold or deep bronze. Mystic Tan sessions let customers avoid things associated with booth and outdoor tanning—UV rays and pool lifeguards who push you in the water to practice saving you. No matter which option they choose, patrons can turn to knowledgeable Smart Tan–certified staff members who help clients decide what is best for their tanning goals.
Experienced hair stylists roll open the drawers of black-trimmed dressers and grab gleaming pairs of scissors. They turn back to their clients, who nestle in squeaky-clean, white styling chairs, and begin by ruffling manes long and short, getting a feel for the flow and texture of each head of hair as they prepare to transform it. All the while, ensconced in private treatment rooms, nail technicians and massage therapists tend to clients relaxing on plush pedicure chairs. All About the Hair Salon and Spa's clients can seek out any of the salon's forms of pampering, from haircuts to waxing to long-lasting Shellac manicures, and expect the same friendly demeanor and attention to detail from their stylists. The salon also houses a cozy waiting area, where guests relax on an L-shaped sofa accented by a modern rug and vases filled with flowers and the calming sound of the ocean.
SVS Vision Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Known as “Shelly Kelly Girls,” the waitresses and bartenders at Shelly Kelly’s Irish Pub follow a uniform dress code of tank tops, skin-tight shorts, and platefuls of classic Irish pub food. The ladies deliver Reuben sandwiches, golden-fried fish and chips, and hearty bangers and mash fresh from the kitchen, all while a live band serenades the crowd. Patrons can enjoy the music at the bar in the company of a Guinness, or, during the summer months, move outdoors and swizzle whiskey drinks with patio umbrellas. On nights sans a live band, plasma TVs, pool tables, and electronic darts occupy the time between ordering and eating.