Taboo Tattoo’s ink-savvy artists brand bewitching tattoos in a welcoming, outgoing environment in which imaginative artistry is valued and fostered and equipment is safe and clean. A team of talented and fully licensed tattoo artists boasting colorful portfolios apply an exceptional eye and honed hands to every image they depict, whether it’s a demonic Hello Kitty, a vibrant flower, or a portrait of President William Howard Taft as an astronaut. A consultation with the ink enchanter of your choice will determine design demands and time requirements before each job.
I work with clients who are interested in improving their well-being and quality of life by working together with me to reduce pain, increase functionality, and/or balance vital energy. I believe every session is an opportunity to learn from each other about how we may create healing within ourselves.
The treatment begins with a hydrating soak, after which finger canopies and toe awnings are scrubbed, snipped, shaped, and shellacked by a trained technician. After daubing faces with a rich, hydrating mask, pamperists apply an organic sugar scrub to feet and hands, sloughing off sullied skin and swathing them in tropical aromas. Select between a soothing foot-and-leg massage or a hand-and-arm kneading that keeps upper limbs from spontaneously semaphoring obscenities. Open seven days a week, Spa Laje’s new location in the Avenue Plaza Resort entices indulgers to its relaxing, upscale environs with complimentary valet parking.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Since Albert Brown established his namesake salon in 1962, his staff, which includes his veteran-stylist sister Margaret, has glamorized guises with a plentiful menu of salon and spa services. Hair experts sculpt and paint coifs with dexterous hands using products by Paul Mitchell and Redken, and specialists refine exterior details with careful waxing treatments and gleaming OPI manicures. The image mavens also specialize in wedding-day primping, lavishing and elegant up-dos, as well as pampering nail services for brides, bridesmaids, and sentient wedding cakes to further elevate the momentous occasion.