When talking about Upscale Nail Bar, owner Alica Best fondly refers to her salon as "tesoro in città"—an Italian phrase that translates to "treasure in the city." Amid soft lighting and cushy spa chairs, Alicia takes hours at a time to pamper feet and hands through luxurious mani-pedis and massages. Committed to maintaining an atmosphere of uninterrupted tranquility at her salon, she doles out her services by appointment only and requests that cell phones or particularly shrill kazoos not be used during sessions.
Those seeking a sun-kissed look choose from two options at Copper Bottom Tanning Salon. They can recline in tanning beds, where UV rays draw out stores of melatonin as fans provide a cooling breeze, or forego tanning beds’ bulbs for a Pura Sunless spray tan, which mists skin with color that can last up to a week.
The stylists at Studio 23 Salon Boutique know how a good hairdo can positively impact one’s confidence; imparting this confidence in their clients is the mission that drives them each day. Studio 23 specializes in extensions—braidless sew-ins, custom-color weaves, and Brazilian hair, to name a few—but they also expertly execute haircuts, color treatments, and relaxers. They further enhance faces with eyelash extensions and eyebrow arching, especially convenient for villains who don’t want to constantly hold up one eyebrow anymore.
Just past the entrance to Nails By ME hangs an impossible-to-miss portrait of Marilyn Monroe—a mark of enduring style and beauty mirrored by the nail boutique's diverse menu of services. Administering more than just simple trims, the aestheticians hone in on fingers and cover them in luxurious finishes such as Minx Nails, an alternative to polish that results in a solid, chip-resistant coating. And when they’re not attending to individual clients, the nail techs transform into party planners, welcoming bachelorette parties and other groups with decorations, glasses of wine, mani-pedis, and classic rounds of pin the acrylic nail on the index finger.
Seasoned technician Julie Gentry, a knowledgeable member of the Creative Nail Design collective, heads The French Manicure's multifaceted staff of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists. Crew members adeptly perform spa and salon services, sculpting tresses during hairstyling sessions and kneading away knots or extraterrestrial body-snatchers masquerading as knots during Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Exposed-brick walls bedecked with artwork encircle the skincare room, where aestheticians regale clients with cleansing facials and slimming seaweed body wraps. Thorough manicures and pedicures revivify clients' nails, and waxing services erase unwanted fuzz from faces, legs, arms, and hidden arms.
Recessed lights linger overhead like a star constellation, illuminating the salon’s neon green walls and sleek black leather furniture speckled with black-and-white accent pillows. The black-and-white theme carries into the wall-dominating pop-art portraits of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, the style icons who inspire skilled stylist Julie Wade and her team at Kristin Karl Salon. They give guests celebrity style with flattering cuts, add dimension to locks with color and highlights, and smooth out frizz with Brazilian blowouts. To prep patrons for upcoming weddings or jury-duty reunions, the whip strands into intricately braided ponytails or classic updos.