Stylist Leslie Hockett cuts and colors hair inside Keith & Company, an airy salon adorned with antique furniture and nature-inspired artwork. Partial walls between styling stations give each one a feeling of privacy, which lets Leslie and other beauticians give their full attention to every client.
Kersey Valley Spookywoods' story begins with a midnight dare. During a campout with his friends in the summer of 1985, 15-year-old Tony Wohlgemuth needled his friend Chuck into sneaking into the abandoned farmhouse that they were camping behind. As he crept up the steps, the other boys nervously waited outside. Shattering the tense energy with sheer terror, they heard Chuck's screams and pleas for help from within. When they ran inside to rescue him, they found his screeches were brought on by an encounter with a family of bats, which convinced them that the house was, in fact, haunted. This inspired the crew to set up their own haunted house in the same barn that October, and in the decades since, Tony and his wife, Donna, owners and operators of Spookywoods, have grown the operation from a small venue run by 10 teenage friends into a sprawling attraction run by upward of 300 staff members.
Nestled on a 65-acre farm, Spookywoods coaxes screams from visitors from the end of September until Halloween. A variety of attractions, such as the Deadly Harvest, Terror Trams, Fright Lights, and The Dreaded Inn—discovered by Chuck so many years ago—test guests’ bravery. The Deadly Harvest corn maze scares explorers silly, thanks to 10-foot-high cornstalks patrolled by a host of masked ghouls, who are really just misunderstood lost souls looking for someone to hug and love them. Along with its signature attractions, Spookywoods hosts other seasonal events such as the Dark Circus Halloween party, replete with fire shows and DJs.
Licensed aesthetician Angela Snavely offers a complimentary private skin analysis to determine each client's skin issues and accurately determine a treatment plan. On a regular basis, she comes across clients afflicted with acne, dry patches, hyperpigmentation, excess oil, and leftover carnival face paint. Each of these problems is treated with facials and peels packed with beta carotene and vitamin A mixes, vitamin C enzymes, and chocolate antioxidant masks. She also gives often-neglected backs some TLC with a special facial that includes exfoliation, steam, and hydrating cream.
Taking a natural, holistic, preventative approach to wellness is the goal of Stephanie Paylor at Tranquil Touch, where she uses her skills as a massage therapist to provide relaxation and stress relief. First assessing the source of tension or discomfort, Stephanie tailors her services to each client, providing deep-tissue massage for recurring pain or sports injuries, Swedish massage to relax and relieve tension, and prenatal massage for bun ovens.
At Bella Vidas, licensed permanent makeup artist and skin-rejuvenation technician Valorie abides by the philosophy that every life is beautiful. She and her staff amplify outer beauty through a variety of spa services including Valorie’s permanent makeup specialization, in which she holds numerous certifications and an apprenticeship with the Lasting Permanent Makeup Training Center, as well as slimming body wraps, infrared sauna sessions, and skincare treatments using M’lis products. Like mountains and prospectors who live in mountains, faces become weathered over time, which is why the staff at Bella Vidas also performs facial treatments that focus on skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, and scars.