Potted trees and paintings of scenic getaways welcome visitors into Sundeck Tanning Salon, a beach-themed bronzing studio that is owned and operated by a team of female tanning experts. Posters of bikini-clad beauties provide inspiration to bodies waiting to use the salon's spray-tanning booths and beds, with underlying captions that display tips for maximizing their new glow's lifespan, such as moisturizing it regularly and packing it in ice each night. Tanning products available for purchase lend vibrant pops of color to the shop's clean, white shelves, and include offerings from popular brands such as Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold.
Salon Ventures lacks one component found at nearly every other company in the world: employees. The salon’s stylists and aestheticians all work as their own bosses, deciding for themselves which services to offer and which times to book appointments. This freedom can lead to some colorful results, as the staff can decorate their private rooms in whichever way they see fit. However these rooms end up looking, they all function as sanctuaries where clients can communicate their wishes during haircuts, highlighting treatments, and manicures. The salon houses more than 20 professionals— including a stylist that trained and worked in London at the Toni & Guy Institute—, and there’s enough space inside to host large bridal parties or slip ‘n’ slide contests with shaving cream.
The experienced nail techs at Polished Boutique Nail Spa cosset hands and feet with hues from OPI and Creative Nail Design. Thirty-year industry veterans beautify digits with everything from acrylic nails to over 150 gel polishes, and thanks to the privacy of the studio, shy nails can feel free to walk around sockless as much as they like.
Emily learned how to expertly cut and color manes while a student at Aveda Institute. Now settled into the professional world, she spends her days at the helm of a salon chair inside Bello Salon, trimming stray locks and dressing up do’s with highlights.