Hilary Farrell specializes in everything from natural, everyday looks to high fashion beauty. Her work has been featured on the cover of Ink Magazine, the homepage for Southwest Airlines, and in a variety of local photo and video shoots.
With his face and chest scratched, his neck tendons sticking out, and his muscles taut, Bruce Lee raises his fists, ready to take on his next foe. Such photorealistic details surface in each design from The Ink Parlor’s team of experienced tattoo artists. Garnering inspiration from the bevy of designs speckling the shop’s red walls, these needle gurus can render just about anything, from owls wearing monocles to elegant script spelling out a loved one’s name or a sworn enemy’s home address. In addition to tattoos, the technicians specialize in single-hole piercings for areas such as ear lobes and bellybuttons.
Rachael Cross knew she wanted to be an artist her whole life. Instead of becoming a painter, graphic designer, or photographer, however, Rachael chose tattoos as her artistic medium, emblazoning bodily canvases with her vibrant, intricate designs. At Grimms Tattoo—a trusted local tattoo parlor that's been around since the 1980s—Cross meets with customers during an initial complimentary consultation to discuss desired designs. She then adorns them in their choice of artfully rendered images, letters, or paragraphs from the backs of cereal boxes.
Roca Salon & Spa’s roots draw upon more than 35 years of styling history, adventure, and love. It began with Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist Rod Cavner running a small Main Street salon named Blondie’s, where he was joined by his soon-to-be wife, and fellow Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist, Rhonda. After marrying and moving to Hawaii for four years, the duo returned with innovative new services, design concepts, and island-themed nicknames for friends. The result was Rhonda's three-year makeover of the space, which now includes eco-friendly, energy-efficient lighting and appliances as well as eye-catching decor.
The couple's time spent island hopping is evident in the pedicure room, where bamboo reaches up toward a sparkling chandelier that shines upon backlit purple-and-pink glass basins, in which toes bask in hot stones and Hawaiian mud. Stacey Soble of Salon Today interviewed Rhonda when the salon was named the third runner-up in the magazine's Salon of the Year design competition. Cavner said, "The bonus wow factor is the entire styling area floor has embedded phosphorescent chips which cause the floor to glow in the dark when the lights suddenly go off!”
But the decor isn't the only thing that earned the company recognition as one of KC Magazine’s best Kansas City salons in 2012. The talented team includes hair colorists who have trained in London, Paris, and Beverly Hills, as well as skilled aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. The color experts work their magic in an elegant, modern area with see-through chairs, potted white orchids, and long strings of crystal beads that divide the space and give visiting Spider-Men an easy way to reach the ceiling.
The staff at Thomas Anderson & Associates strives to make clients smile—and not just during their before-and-after pictures. Massage chairs, flat-screen TVs, and a wide selection of movies and music help make visits to the office as relaxing as a tumbler of whiskey enjoyed in one's very own pit of quicksand. Technicians apply a gentle touch when performing exams, x-rays, and other general-dentistry procedures. Cosmetic services—including teeth whitening and Invisalign—remain as noninvasive as possible.