Spa Bellezza has its share of inventive beauty treatments, sure. But it's something called whine therapy that stands out—clients bring a friend, munch on finger foods, sip a glass of wine, and engage in "some soul-felt girl talk." With her masters degrees in psychology and certification as a senior cosmetologist, spa owner Carla knows what she's doing when she organizes events such as these. The community-conscious grandmother earned a degree as a registered nurse and as a licensed cosmetologist as well, backgrounds she distills into organizing two-hour spa parties for girls.
Carla and her staff also focus on individual services. Vanilla, avocado, sugar, and an array of aromatherapy oils comprise the recipes for Spa Bellezza's body treatments. And, a selection of products by Essie, OPI, L.A. Colors, and more attests to the staff's discerning tastes. Facials, mani-pedis, and massages all attract clients to the spa like moths to a hot rod's flames.
The staff of medical professionals at Katzen Eye Group, which first opened its doors in 1968, brings blurry vision into focus at four locations in Baltimore, Abingdon, Lutherville, and Rosedale. Attentive physicians peer into peepers of all ages as they administer comprehensive exams, outfit patients with prescription glasses, and help prevent diseases such as glaucoma. Lasik surgery can correct one's distance vision. Cataract surgery, which replaces one's cloudy natural lens with a clear implantable lens is also performed at Katzen Eye Group. Additionally, a staff of aesthetic professionals beautify bodies through services including skincare and cosmetic laser treatments, which can eliminate wrinkles around the eyes more effectively than staring at a jar of cold cream.
Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
At Artistry in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Brent Birely uses a combination of medical know-how and artistic talent to transform patients' exteriors. As a physician who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. and has been practicing for more than 15 years, Dr. Birely has the expertise to perform complex procedures such as breast augmentations, breast lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, face-lifts, and eyelid enhancements. He also possesses a keen eye for symmetry and proportion and a knack for paying meticulous attention to detail—talents that come in handy during nonsurgical treatments. He can diminish scars and uneven skin tone with a laser skin-resurfacing session or target fine lines and wrinkles with cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers. Additionally, Dr. Birely's team specializes in advanced skincare services, which range from dermaplaning and microdermabrasion to chemical peels and medical-grade facials.
Bella Amici Salon's stylists maintain certifications as Schwarzkopf color specialists and have expertise in Redken color chemistry, Dream Catchers hair extensions, and Bio Ionic hair retexturizing. They also cleanse and condition with products such as Bamboo by Alterna. In addition to their hairstyling services, Bella Amici's crew tends to guests with spa treatments such as body wraps, massages, nail care, and facials.
The salon resembles a friend's apartment, with its eclectic furniture, hardwood floors, and the photo that hangs above a candle-topped mantle giving it a feel that is both modern and homey.
The beautification and relaxation specialists at Domani Studio pamper clients' hair, skin, and nails with a long list of spa services. Facials freshen visages with infusions of fruit enzymes, glycolic acid, and vitamin C, and nails glint with colorful OPI polish after manicures. An onsite doctor performs Botox and laser hair-removal treatments, and spa packages beautify bridal parties before they celebrate the upcoming banns by photobombing local news broadcasts.