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.
At Renew My Body Massage Therapy, licensed and certified clinical massage bodyworkers treat clients to more than seven massage modalities, including Swedish, sports, deep tissue, cosmetic, and prenatal. Knead-a-thons take place in warm, comfortable rooms, where therapists can play soft music to help guests relax. To maintain visitors' privacy and comfort, the spa doesn't require that customers disrobe entirely during full-body massages, and therapists leave the room any time guests undress. The pamper palace's FAQ emphasizes that patients only need to expose parts of the body being massaged by the therapist, and the spa suggests that clients notify practitioners if they feel any discomfort or get a classic ‘80s jam stuck in their heads.
Dessert refuses to be an afterthought at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe. More than 30 ice-cream flavors—repeatedly lauded by the Charleston City Paper and Moultrie News—pile atop cones or blend into milk shakes, and classic banana splits make mouths water with their pecans and cherries. The café’s scoops of amaretto cherry or java chunk are generous, living up to the vision of Rod Lapin, who opened the first Ye Ole Fashioned in 1972 with the idea of making customers’ jaws drop at the size of his portions.
Today, at more than half a dozen locations, including one helmed by his daughter Becki and her husband, that hasn’t changed. Ten strips of bacon layer the café’s signature BLTs; chili-laden, all-beef hot dogs weigh down their buns; and the plates are required to start lifting weights regularly before they’re allowed to carry double-decker sandwiches or burgers.
Salon and Spa DV8's squad of aesthetic authorities dedicate their expertise to embellishing hair and body with an array of beauty-boosting services. The salon's styling stations––which are framed by ornate columns reminiscent of ancient Greek architecture––allow stylists ample space to cut and style hair or give the Lincoln Memorial a crew cut ($20–$45). Guests can dignify their digits with a pedicure that smoothes craggy nail outcroppings and applies a shiny topcoat ($42). Strategic waxing removes hair from chests ($40), backs ($50), and bikini areas ($45) to postpone hostile hair takeovers.
Dr. Patricia Campbell comes from a background of family practice, but it was her interest in beauty that led her to open Springhall Aesthetics in 2011. As medical director, she oversees a menu of minimally invasive body-contouring and skin-renewal services that help clients to fight the signs of aging. Chemical peels, injectable fillers, and laser treatments shoo away wrinkles, and iS Clinical cosmeceutical products leave complexions more subtly radiant than a jar of comets. The clinic's UltraPlus laser hair-removal system not only blasts away unwanted follicles but also assaults spider veins and other colored epidermal imperfections. Upon entering Springhall Aesthetics' charming brick façade, guests stumble into a cozy waiting room anchored by polished hardwood floors. Clients can curl up in one of the lobby's cushy chairs or feed a bag of goldfish to one of the egrets in the serene wall art.