The customers pouring out of Sunnyside Tanning Spa might be boasting a brand new patina, but their sunny disposition isn't just a product of the salon's three levels of UV beds. It also stems from the fact that owners Gena and Neal have tried hard to make their tanning spa a place where customers come to hang out, whether it means staying longer to chat with the friendly staff or perusing a boutique area stocked with trendy clothes, jewelry, and handbags. The comforts even extend into the tanning room, where UV beds come equipped with amenities such as personal air conditioning systems, high-pressure facial lamps, and even vibrating bases that may help to firm skin and muscles or jiggle loose change from behind the ears. The salon's knowledgeable staff is also on hand to help the sun-shy by applying a Norvell Sunless airbrush tanning solution, which uses a trio of bronzers to deliver a shade customized to the client's skin tone.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The consultants at Jill's Beach want to help patrons achieve a sun-kissed tan without overexposing their skin. So the state-certified consultant recommend tanning booths depending on the person's skin type and tanning goals, whether those are getting more vitamin D or getting a base color before a vacation. They also educate guests about the benefits of tanning lotions, which often include anti-aging and anti-cellulite ingredients. For those who prefer a sprayed-on color, the experts can direct them to Mystic Tan booths or introduce them to a local graffiti artist.
Staff Size: 1 person
Most popular service: Spray tanning
Brands Used: Kahuna Bay, Norvell organic solutions
Pro Tip: My business is mobile. No driving, no waiting, no stress. One tip: exfoliate before the service to make the tan last longer.
Sun Tan City?s trained tanning consultants help clients get bronzed via UV-free tanning booths and ergonomic tanning beds. Guests can touch up an existing tan, purchase a multivisit package to get a discounted rate, or become a member to take advantage of the salon?s 100% guarantee.