In his early days as a massage therapist, Sean Struxness was struck by the stark contrasts in quality between high-end and low-end spas, noticing a large gap between the two. He founded The Massage Spot to fill that gap, partly because he no longer wanted to mow the gap's out-of-control grass. Though it forgoes the locker rooms and showers that full day spas may offer, Struxness's mini day spa doesn't skimp on the tranquil atmosphere, as it features flickering candles, soothing music, and a relaxing zen area. The service menu isn't lacking, either; The Massage Spot's team of professionals performs haircuts and deep conditionings, nine types of facials, spa pedicures with aromatherapy soaks, and Western and Eastern styles of massage therapy.
Antoinette Van Dewark at Studio 7 is a professional, so, of course, she can perform most any salon service. But her specialty is color, and she's able to create anything from vibrant single-process color to perfectly blended highlights to trendy ombre effects.
An expansive storefront window invites passersby to peer into Marx Pier Avenue Salon, where hairdressers wield sulfate-free Pureology products for women and American Crew formulas for men. Stylists congregate on the salon floor, specializing in areas such as cuts for long hair, matching highlights to skin tone, or shaping hair into replicas of the Arc de Triomphe in under a minute.
Envisioned as a one-stop shop for beautification by founder and registered nurse Jennifer Salerno, Skin Savv? combines medical-spa and hair-design services under one well-coiffed roof. Medical spa director Dr. Simona Arcan oversees an expert staff that treats bodies to a range of services, from skin-rejuvenating microdermabrasion and photofacials to injectable Botox?preferable to injections of liquid youth, which smell like Play-Doh. Hair-design services begin with cuts and styling and extend to more advanced options such as extensions and Brazilian blowout treatments.
Yassmin is a makeup artist, bridal stylist, and hairstylist working out of Chug Salon. Here, haircuts, coloring treatments, and straightening treatments help clients enhance their personal style goals and achieve a flattering new look that can catch the eye of companions, passerby, and airplane pilots.