Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
Within the lime-hued walls of Eden Salon, experienced nail technicians beautify hands and feet in relaxing mani-pedis that take about two hours. Aestheticians trim cuticles, buff nail beds, and file nail enamel into squares, ovals, or bugle-shaped cylindrical cones before coating fingers' enameled bits with Shellac nail polish (a $75 value). Shellac's no-chip formula slides onto nails smoothly and sets quickly under a UV lamp. A Shellac base coat blankets the bare nail, followed by a color coat of the client's choice and finished with a UV top coat that seals the process, making nails gleam like the helmet of an astronaut falling into the sun. Newly embellished finger digits and foot ends can retain their glossy lamination for up to 14 days.
There are some sure warning signs that hair is poorly maintained, such as split ends, dandruff, or your bangs leaving passive-aggressive Post-it notes on your forehead. Whatever the case, the skilled stylists at Beauty Lounge East can improve hair to human interaction with specialty styling services. Guests can request layers to flatter features or a new custom color to fit the season. The salon also offers microdermabrasion treatments to help nix wrinkles and other fine lines.
The stylists, nail technicians, and massage therapists at Anew Salon and Day Spa—some of whom have more than a decade of experience—combine forces to polish every inch of their clients' appearances. The salon's stylists remain abreast of hair trends so they can offer the latest treatments, such as Babe hair extensions, tinsel applications, and ombre highlights, which fade naturally from dark to light for a sun-kissed look. Alongside facials and waxing services, nail technicians scrub, massage, and refine hands and feet before coating them in standard or Gelish polish, and a massage therapist works through muscular knots in hopes of easing stress.
Family Fitness and FitZone for Women Centers are spread across eight locations, but they share a common goal: to help guests find their ideal physique. They accomplish this mission by filling their 15,000- to 25,000-square-foot facilities with ellipticals, arc trainers, and treadmills that engage cardios, cores, and limbs alongside group training classes led by certified personal and group fitness instructors. Visitors can also keep tabs on their progress with the centers? fitness monitoring program and body mass testing.