Founder and licensed therapist Kristen M. Wood soothes distressed musculature with seven different modalities of massage, from smooth Swedish strokes to the localized finger pressures of shiatsu bodywork. The clinic's specially designed massage table leaves backs optimally exposed to the therapist’s 10-fingered artistry, and hot-stone massages ease muscular tension and warm insides faster than a bowl of chicken-noodle lava. Kristen culls inspiration from ancient China and modern science alike to design techniques that bolster cells’ oxygen supplies, relieve soreness, and alleviate stiff joints.
Pat Smith spent 18 years as a registered nurse before trying her hand at skincare. So it's no surprise that she takes a clinical approach to each facial and peel, using the latest technology to treat skin issues at their source. During microdermabrasion treatments, Pat uses a mechanical wand to slough away the top layer of skin and reduce wrinkles. Gentle galvanic currents target acne-prone areas during mechanical facials, and nine types of chemical peels result in skin that's as smooth as a freshly shaved pumpkin.
Pink walls, tiaras, and rows of frilly white dresses just waiting to be worn. It’s a dream come true for some children, but it wasn’t always the dream of Tiffany's Trend Salon owner Debi Lamparelli, a beauty-industry veteran who credits her niece with the idea for the kids-focused salon in an article from WNY Woman. Soon, though, she found herself as enthralled by the idea as her pintsize patrons, telling WNY reporter Ashley Johnson, “I love children and would love to celebrate a special time in their lives. I love dressing girls up and making them feel like divas.”
The love of dress up is apparent from the moment customers enter the pink-striped salon, where rows of girls aged 2–13 can be found relaxing against candy-colored overstuffed pillows as aestheticians trim and paint nails and accentuate already rosy cheeks with gentle swipes of a makeup brush. Debi and her staff take the idea of royal treatment literally, providing snowy-white princess gowns and sparkling tiaras that their pintsize customers may don to emulate their favorite Disney character or eccentric mayor. The salon also hosts spa–themed birthday parties for up to 12 girls, pampering party guests with age-appropriate indulgences such as facials, pedicures, cupcakes, and sliced cucumbers for each set of eyes.
From head to toe, inside and out, the attentive staff at You're So Vain Salon and Spa cossets clients with therapeutic services. Stylists twist and tease locks into vibrant new styles and nail techs, meanwhile, fortify fingers and toes with gobs of mortar or long-lasting OPI color. Aestheticians give attention to epidermal layers with chemical peels and DermaSweep MD—a facial that sweeps away dead skin cells with topical solutions, vacuum pressure, and a precision brush-tip exfoliation. The spa treatments, including hot-stone massages and teeth whitening, can be combined into packages, with bubblegum-scented options for Little Girls spa parties.
Candy Kids Spa combines things that kids love—including more than 100 types of candy, candy-flavored facial masks, a heaping helping of personalized attention, and fun activities such as karaoke—into one memorable experience. It should come as no surprise that the company's formula is a successful one, since it was, in fact, inspired by a 6-year-old. As she told Elizabeth Carey in a 2010 Buffalo Business First feature, owner Ayanna Williams came up with the concept when her daughter requested her own special treatment after seeing the pampering going on at a traditional spa.
Williams and her daughter decided to retrieve some frosting out of the cabinet and had a good time creating their very own tasty "facial." Williams's daughter told her friends at school about it, and soon Williams started traveling to people's homes for mobile parties. She then bought a storefront on Niagara Falls Boulevard, gutting the building herself and painting the walls in bright rainbow colors. Williams eventually expanded the business to include two more locations in New York state and is in the process of creating franchises elsewhere.
The innovative spa, which has been featured on WKBW Channel 7 News, offers services ranging from candy-colored mani-pedis to a spa factory where kids can make their own lip gloss and candy-scented perfume. They also host parties to celebrate a birthday or a long-awaited truce in a war over which sister gets to sleep on the top bunk.