Pol'ish Salon & Spa's Sue Thomas devotes her skills as a nail technician to performing several manicures and pedicures. Her service menu includes gel polish manicures, which involve more filing and buffing than a weightlifting lawyer's schedule. Sue infuses friendliness into each service she renders, and she strives to make each visit relaxing for her guests. That emphasis can be found in her spa pedicures, which incorporate hot towel treatments and extended massages of the feet and legs.
Drenched in marigold tones, the Sun Tan City facility transforms exteriors with cosmetic treatments that harness different wavelengths of light. Smart Tan–certified professionals invite clients to lie down, stand up, or sit down to bask in bronzing rays and tanning sprays. The staff also whitens teeth with LED light during Beaming White treatments, and slims bodies or out-of-shape sports cars with infrared light during Fit body wraps.
For more than a decade, Carol Kennedy has explored the potential of massage therapy, eschewing the idea that massage is a mere luxury in favor of a staunchly therapeutic paradigm. When she isn't continuing her education, she massages clients in two quiet, calm settings. Inside her St. Paul Boulevard office, plum-colored walls and wooden bookshelves surround clients as they lie next to a faux fireplace adorned with a red-and-white tapestry. Her Perrin Drive location is inside a stately two-story house, where Carol rubs elbows with two chiropractors. She kicks off each massage session with a brief health assessment before she employs a medley of techniques—including deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and hot-stone massage—to mend muscles burdened by stress or by their overly ornate shoulder pads.
A curled sidewalk delivers patrons to the temple-like entrance of Shear Effects. After crossing the threshold, patrons enter a Colonial Revival–style red-brick residence, where owner and stylist Amy Bast and her team of beauty professionals foster beauty and wellness. Double-hung windows shed natural light on stylists as they cut, color, or texturize strands in the salon. Voyeuristic squirrels cast their unremitting gaze on nail technicians who groom fingers and toes in a mani-pedi room. Beneath the vaulted ceiling of an upstairs massage area, a licensed massage therapist doles out soothing strokes and certified myoskeletal-alignment therapy, which combines muscle-balancing techniques with joint mobilization to alleviate neck and back pain.
The dedicated stylists at Impulse Hair Design revamp manes with fresh cuts and vibrant new hues. Their expertly wielded scissors shear off split ends and shorten mops for face-framing ‘dos, and the stylists help patrons welcome summer with blond highlights or prepare for winter with all-over white for blending in while hobnobbing with snowmen. The hair whisperers also tame curls and frizz with keratin hair-straightening treatments that render hair smooth and obedient.
You'd be hard-pressed to spot a frayed cuticle or a fingernail coated with uneven polish near Studio 91. That's because resident nail technician Kelly Dalton devotes herself to grooming fingernails and toenails with meticulously applied manicures and pedicures. She exfoliates skin, carefully trims cuticles, and massages the calves and feet before applying coats of color. While polish dries, clients can relax and sip wine or coffee.