It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.
At Tans By Tina, spray tan artists paint clients in a golden hue of choice. One hour after a careful bronzing that hugs all contours to create a slimming effect, clients can shower and watch the tan develop over the next 24 hours. The tan, itself, lasts up to seven days. To make the event a social one, Tans By Tina also offers onsite spray tan parties, ideal for showers, bachelorette parties, and birthdays.
A family-owned company, Family Tans, Inc. helps bronze bodies inside its spacious facility with custom spray tans and high-end tanning booths, and further primps exteriors with body wraps, hair treatments, and nail services. Private rooms host a range of different beds and amenities, from the SunDash Gold Series equipment to powerful Avantgarde 600 booths—which feature facial tanners, cool air, and a built in radio for listening to music. Premium UVA bulbs grace the upright and upgraded beds, delivering rays that penetrate deeper into the skin. Hides can also gain some color with custom airbrush spray tans, which are applied by hand to deliver an even, UV-free sheen. The staff also provides teeth whitening, massage treatments, and body wraps. For an additional fee, parents can leave their clan at the onsite childcare while they partake in spa and salon services.
Sun Tanz Tanning's clean, spa-inspired environment is equipped with five types of UV-tanning beds, customized sunless-tanning services, and a spread of body-glowing lotions. The spray-tan option buffs pigmentless physiques with a golden, sunless tan without harmful UV rays or hearing the sun's curse-laden whispers. Applied by the steady hand of a trained tan technician in less than 20 minutes, the customized spray session uses an alcohol-free, DHA-infused solution that is designed to create a natural glow reminiscent of summers spent on the beach or winter vacations spent on the sun. Pale patrons can sit in on six faux sunsoaks from any of the bronzing cocoons, such as the standup bed for an even tan or the Tanses TX-52 Mega bed for optimal color in the shortest amount of time.