Having begun as a single tanning shop in Greenville during the autumn of 1990, Ultratan has since blossomed into more than 70 locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia due to its popularity and commitment to quality service. Over the years, the collection of spas has accumulated numerous awards such as Best Tanning Salon from the Daily Gamecock for providing the best equipment in both tanning beds and spray-tan technology. As a member of the International Smart Tan Network, its commitment to safe tans also encompasses a passion for keeping their customers educated about responsible tanning routines and never tanning without a helmet.
Everyone who visits City Tan leaves with fashionably bronzed skin thanks to regular and UV-free technology. Inside beds and booths, lamps cast their tanning spells during 9- to 15-minute sessions. These sessions are enhanced with amenities such as air conditioning, teddy bears to snuggle with, and sound systems for MP3 players. The staff also provides tanning with an airbrush formula inside a heated Norvell booth.
Sun Beam Salon & Spa indulges the senses from scalp to toe-tip with a brimming of salon and spa services. After outfitting strands with confident highlights, a barrage of calculated snips can yield a stylish new haircut to flatter the face. Clients also may pamper digits with a mani-pedi, or retreat to a private room for restorative bodywork with Sun Beam’s highly trained massage therapist.
After discovering and treating a few precancerous skin cells, Aislin Spangler decided UV tanning was not the way to go. So she researched alternative options, and by the time she teamed up with her friends Emily Meeker and Lauren Salinas in 2009 to form Spray Soleil, she was well-versed in the field. Today, the trio runs a mobile spray-tan company and travels to clients' homes or offices anywhere within Charleston and Greensboro to mist them with paraben-free tanning solutions that are made in the United States and never tested on animals. Those solutions include witch-hazel-infused organic tanners along with the original solution, which coats skin with a golden hue while infusing it with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants.
Spray Soleil's stylists and aestheticians travel as well, brushing rouge on cheekbones or dyes into hair during makeup and hair treatments. Completing the mobile spa is Ellen, a licensed massage therapist with seven years of experience. She uses long, languid strokes, hot stones, or targeted pressure during customizable massages to relieve fatigue and chronic aches caused by injury or part-time gigs as a whack-a-mole.
Stepping into South Beach Tanning Company feels like stepping into a chic, South Beach salon. Established in 2003, the franchise adorns each of its locations with eclectic, art deco touches set into bright-purple, orange, and yellow walls. Five levels of UV beds let clients customize their tanning experience and feature luxurious touches such as surround-sound stereo systems, cooling fans, and headrests made from clouds. The salon also houses a VersaSpa UV-free system that delivers hydrating spray tans in just 46 seconds.
The chefs at Sweet Tea's Restaurant and Catering know that southern-style cuisine goes beyond collard greens and grits. Every day, they use high-quality ingredients to craft soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch, including the creamy white-pepper gravy that smothers mounds of housemade mashed potatoes and country-fried chicken or steak. Hand-battered shrimp are cradled inside po’ boys with made-from-scratch tartar sauce, while a homemade barbecue-ranch dressing tops offerings including the texas brisket and potato hush puppies.
The catering specialists, who catered for the contestants and crew of The Bachelorette when the show filmed in Charlotte, can arrange for many of the menu options to be created for parties, meetings, or jury-duty reunions. A complimentary jug of sweet or un-sweet tea accompanies all catering orders.
Licensed aesthetician and makeup artist Rhonda Green offers custom medical-grade-skincare and sunless-tanning treatments at Just Glo Studio. Along with therapeutic facials, Green specializes in chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and waxing. For sunless tanning, technicians wield equipment from Infinity Sun to bronze their clients, mixing the sprays with optional anti-aging treatments.