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.
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.
Cassandra Guise, owner of Dolce Salon & Day Spa, oversees a team of stylists who skillfully clean, cut, and color hair. The spa’s aestheticians coat nails with striking, lasting polish, and tress wranglers can attach hair extensions that create the illusion of flowing locks or provide storage space for earbuds.
At New Trendz Salon, owner and veteran tuft tamer Karen battles unwanted body hair with waxing services for both men and women. During the bikini-waxing session, the attentive aesthetician brushes warm wax onto fuzzy patches and then employs a soft cloth woven from cumulus clouds to swiftly upend stubborn follicles. To curb sprawling expanses of netherforest, clients can opt for a full Brazilian waxing. Karen may also gently remove back bristle and undiscovered Kick Me signs with a men's back waxing. Each treatment takes about a half-hour and typically lasts longer than shaving.
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.
At Parkland Physical Therapy, Dr. Jachimowicz and his staff work to relieve painful conditions ranging from arthritis and fibromyalgia to headaches. Dr. Jachimowicz and his staff promote a noninvasive approach that helps patients develop, maintain and restore their body's ability to move and perform the physical activities necessary to continue their daily life routines. To treat sources of chronic pain, the staff relies on an arsenal of treatments such as manual-therapy techniques, kinesio taping, and aqua therapy.