While searching for a location for her salon and spa, founder Janet Conigliaro fell in love with a historic Victorian house on the edge of Wilmington. Deciding the domestic setting would help her clients feel at home, Conigliaro started her business, and more than a decade later, she and her staff are still snipping tresses and pampering skin amid the dwelling’s wood floors, ornate silver mirrors, and flowing lavender and green curtains.
The stylists employ products from Redken, Goldwell, and Framesi as they shift hair shades and craft updos for weddings, proms, and nights of partying at the city’s trendiest gas stations. The rest of the staff stays busy, too: nail technicians layer fingertips with long-lasting Shellac polish, skin specialists concoct custom masks for troubled skin, and massage therapists soothe knotted backs with Swedish, hot-stone, and sports massages. In the boutique, visitors can find jewelry and handbags to add to the wax statues of vacationing Supreme Court justices they sculpt in their free time.
Couture Laser & Skin’s founder and director, Dr. Anshul Gambhir, received his medical training at the renowned Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. With his team of aestheticians, he has performed more than 100,000 nonsurgical, cutting-edge cosmetic procedures, ranging from chemical peels to permanent makeup. To diminish wrinkles, he uses dermal fillers or CO2 lasers that resurface skin as they tighten it, and micro-incision liposuction allows him to sculpt and contour bodies without a single surgical stitch or shrink ray. He also harnesses the radiofrequency energy of the Thermage device and uses it to rebuild and remodel collagen, and he scares away unwanted hair with FDA-approved lasers.
Currie Hair Skin & Nails performs its ministrations in ultramodern, elegant spaces as clients settle into plush robes and slippers. Stylists guide patrons into sleek leather chairs to infuse 'dos with face-framing highlights or tame overgrown head ferns with a phalanx of scissors and a blow-dry for good measure. Visages in need of amelioration may opt for the recovery facial, which revitalizes with an arctic-berry-based antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin. During an aromatherapy massage, licensed massage therapists soothe away stress from demanding jobs and dishonest parking meters, and mani-pedi specialists deftly shape and polish nails, repair broken nail beds, and curb thrill-seeking hangnails.
The open interior of Q Salon & Spa suggests the streets of old London, from its exposed-brick and cobblestone walls to its wrought-iron fencing and wooden fixtures. Instead of hansom cabs rumbling by, stylists and aestheticians tend to clients' hair and skin in front of full-length mirrors. Nail technicians massage and polish feet at cozy benches lined with earth-toned pillows. The salon and spa's staff pampers locks with products from Aveda and bedecks fingers with hues from OPI or canvases from a dollhouse's art studio.
Hockessin Athletic Club is an innovative facility sprawled across 12 acres that border an accessible state park. Members can enjoy access to more than 100 group fitness classes weekly (yoga, zumba, aqua fitness, kickboxing, and more), 90 pieces of cardio equipment complete with personal viewing screens, a five-pool aquatic complex, plus steam rooms, saunas, and facilities for basketball and soccer. To recoup after any sweaty session, members can soothe muscles over with professional massage services (for an additional cost) or snacks at the full-service café. For complete info, view the schedules for all activities online.
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa provides luxurious, relaxing treatments performed by licensed massage therapists and aestheticians. A 50-minute hot stone massage ($110) uses heated stones to relieve muscle tension, which allows for greater manipulation and destressification. The massage is followed by a ten-minute hot towel foot exfoliation massage ($15). After tired leg paddles are enveloped in warm, fuzzy towels, they are reinvigorated with an exfoliation and moisturizing treatment. Or, opt for a microdermabrasion, a non-invasive procedure that gently buffs away dead cells and cicada husks latched onto the skin's surface to reveal a newer and healthier happiness. The treatment helps to erase spots, marks, and scars while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and breakouts.