Sophia Lash Bar owner Madison Meek spends a good part of her day waxing faces, but what she enjoys most is applying eyelash extensions. "I absolutely love full set applications, [and] seeing the excitement on a woman's face after she sees her new set for the first time." Excited, but also meticulous, Madison typically spends 135 minutes with her first-time clients, applying extensions one lash at a time. She can also correct someone else's subpar extension job by filling in gaps or removing misplaced extensions from the client's eyebrows.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Eyelash Extension Full Set
Brands Used: Xtreme Lashes
In 2008, Dustin Pena's right kidney failed––and it had to be removed. The pain could have been searing and the recovery brutal, but it wasn't. His doctor made it bearable. Because of this experience, Dustin decided to spend his life paying it forward as a licensed massage therapist and a medical assistant with a concentration in pain management. In the comfort of a private room, Dustin utilizes Swedish and deep-tissue bodywork combined with oils and calming music to promote circulation in stiff musculature and ease the discomfort caused by overly tight muscle tees.
Peaceful Sensations Massage's certified technician, Lisa Crockett, relaxes her guests with a variety of modalities. She welcomes clients into a quiet, private room, where she places personal comfort at a premium. Lisa can play soft music while giving hot-stone, deep-tissue, or relaxation massages. Her mobile service enables massage in your own home, which, unlike a factory's conveyor belt, is a highly comfortable place to be massaged.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Claire Fey knows firsthand that the workplace can be a stressful environment. She began her career as a professional massage therapist by providing onsite treatments for corporate clients such as Gatorade and Bank of America. Perhaps working among so many cubicles and conference rooms led her to devise new treatments that evoked the relaxing warmth of a tropical vacation. Whatever her inspiration, it took Fey only a few years to develop her signature hot-stone massage—a blend of Hawaiian lomilomi, acupressure, and reflexology techniques.
Though Claire’s Hawaiian hot-stone massage has remained one of her most popular treatments, her service menu has grown considerably. It now encompasses an assortment of other wellness treatments headlined by the high-intensity and low-impact Power Plate system, an advanced method of fitness training favored by celebrities as well as their perfectly toned wax counterparts.
Symmetry’s soothing repertoire of spa services deploys products from professional beauty and skincare brands such as L’Oréal Professionnel, Dermalogica, and Glymed Plus. In addition to haircuts and exclusive Série coloring services, the salon floor shares space with nail stations, where professional OPI polish covers otherwise opaque tips with vibrant swatches of color. In secluded rooms, aestheticians cater to clients that wish to unwind or reverse signs of aging with Jessner peels, exfoliating body wraps, and massage therapy, which eases the stress and anxiety built up from protecting karate classes from vengeful cinder blocks. Before or after treatment, guests are invited to warm hands around complimentary mugs of coffee or tea or further relax with a glass of wine or beer.