For owners Jo Massaro and Karen Ierna, Benjamin's Studios is all about creativity. They showcase this passion for creativity with the imaginative hairstyles and glowing skin they impart in the salon and spa, but also in the Treasure Island facility's onsite art gallery, which displays work from local artists. There's even a fashion boutique overflowing with men's and women's clothing and accessories.
Jo and Karen primarily put their 30+ years of hair experience to use in the hair studio. Here, they craft new 'dos using foil highlights, perms, and straightening techniques—techniques the designers of Pisa's famous tower boldly ignored. The spa’s aestheticians, meanwhile, release stress by rendering massages, mani-pedis, and ionic footbath services. They also perform eight skin-type-specific facials, such as teen, men's, and problematic, and they enhance them with aromatherapy and Chakra testing.
Nicci Tomko isn't just a hairstylist—she's a licensed cosmetologist with experience in fashion shows and photo shoots. She also spent three years doing hair and makeup for the Tampa Bay Rays cheerleaders. But before her work was ever in the lime light, she trained at Paul Mitchell and the Aveda Institute. Now as the owner of her own salon, Nicci primps clients with haircuts, color, makeup applications, and a number of other services. She and her staff also offer products from high-end cosmetic brands, including Paul Mitchell, Kenra, Pravana. Nicci even leads makeup and hairstyling lessons so her clients can recreate their salon-made looks at home—a difficult task ever since mirrors were outlawed.
As a young girl in England, Deborah Molise could often be found sprawled out on a blanket, munching finger foods at a picnic. Years later, her fond childhood memories have helped inspire foodie tours and customized birthday picnics for adults and children at Eat.Sip.Indulge.
Other food tours include an art and brunch tour that pairs mimosas and brunch with visits to galleries featuring local artists and the Gulfport & Beach Foodie Tour, which combines authentic Southern restaurants, home-brewed beer, and delicious Italian desserts.
The stylists at SMARRt Hair Stages revive manes with styles that range from classic to cutting-edge. They frame faces with side-swept bangs and add shocks of red color with ombre effects. They can also jazz up nails with coats of mint green or saxophone gold.
Experienced medical aesthetician Cassandra Hutchison revives complexions during spa services that use Obagi, Syence, and Sanítas products. These nourishing skincare lines help combat acne, dehydration, and aging skin during seven types of facials. To exfoliate the skin, Hutchison performs lactic and glycolic chemical peels and microdermabrasion, which aims to reduce rough patches leaving skin smoother than a pickup line sung into a jazz saxophone.
Though you may not get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after a visit to Celebrities Salon, you might get noticed for your new look. That's because the stylists behind the full-service salon painstakingly attend to strands, whisking them into formal updos for weddings or elegant braids for Little House on the Prairie reenactments. And they don't stop with hair. They also offer permanent makeup services, skincare services, and mani-pedis that eschew cuticle cutting and polish with formaldehyde. To add to the pampering environment, they treat clients to complimentary beverages and invite them to bring along their own music or books to enjoy while relaxing.