The gas gurus at Grain Valley Rental replenish depleted propane tanks with quick, efficient refill service, in addition to renting out an array of construction and lawn equipment. Visitors can bring in their empty gas canisters for one of Grain Valley's friendly staffers to top up with fresh C3H8, before they're fastened back into grills and rocket-powered roller skates to fuel summertime recreation.
Inside The Lucky Waxing Company, Carrie McDaniel forges her own unique path to beauty in a trendy and welcoming environment. In addition to providing expert waxing services, the styling sensei?who boasts more than 12 years of experience teaching young stylists the art of shaping and coloring hair?also tames tangled locks with Keratin treatments or infuses monochromatic hair with Glitter Strands. As a nail tech, she outfits fingers with Shellac polish and soothes feet with spa pedicures, complete with a leg massage that coddles calves in preparation for long-distance hopscotch races.
Skin experts at Esthetics Center rely on noninvasive scientific advancements to cultivate smooth, youthful complexions but draw on an ancient Indian art to redesign unruly eyebrows. Skin analyses can lead to custom facials with Shahnaz Husain herbal creams, enzyme therapy gentle enough for those with rosacea, or the outing of secret identities with better skin. Advanced exfoliation procedures involving microcrystal sprays and chemical serums reveal fresh, healthy skin as well as the depth of the aestheticians' knowledge. Body and facial waxing is an exclusive privilege of women at Esthetics Center, but the team extends their skills in eyebrow threading—an age-old technique that uses thread to nab hair but not skin—to both sexes.
At Sunlight Beauty, nails don’t have to scratch their way into the spotlight—they are the one and only focus for the team of nail technicians. That focus means they execute meticulous manicures and pedicures with gel, Shellac, and basic polishes and include additional treatments such as sugar scrubs to exfoliate and soften hands and feet. They also affix acrylic nails to digits and enhance individuality with custom nail art.
If when visiting Salon Saber you start to feel like you're the only person in the room, that's because to an extent it's true. Owner and nail artist Kimberly Espino accepts just one client at a time, meaning that every guest is given personal attention and time with the nail artist. Kimberly is a licensed massage therapist and licensed nail technician, and recently became a L'Or?al educator and nail artist. At Salon Saber, she parlays her technique and artistry onto fingers and toes one digit at a time. Her palette includes more than 200 polish colors and 45 glitters, and her services include gel, acrylic, and traditional mani-pedis. Kimberly also offers IBX nail treatments, which uses LED lights to cure the nail from the inside. This strengthens the nail and minimizes the chance that it becomes damaged or broken while clawing one's way out of a street mime's invisible box.
Candy Smith is many things, but above all she's an artist. When someone enters Stevie and Company Hair Salon and sits down at her mani-pedi station, she soaks their nails, discusses possible designs, readies her polish bottles, and gets to work creating tiny masterpieces. Some people opt for solid colors or demure French tips, but others envision wilder adornments. And in those cases, nothing is off-limits. From her brushes Candy conjures seahorses, flags, and sports logos or blends contrasting acrylic powders to craft one-of-a-kind marble patterns mimicking ancient Greek manicures. One look at her nail art portfolio exposes work so imaginative, it ranges from full beach scenes replete with palm trees to three-dimensional flowers.