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.
Claibourns Natural Skin Care's aesthetician Yolanda found that after 23 years in the dental field, she was beginning to focus less on people's smiles and more on their entire faces. This led her to a career in aesthetics and to research the effects that everyday stress had on skin. Now at her own spa, she hopes to educate people on ways to nourish their skin.
In her research, she came across the Nu Skin line of products, which she believes are extremely effective at making skin more resilient. She uses the line's organic, paraben-free products during custom signature facials and galvanic spa treatments, which send a gentle microcurrent into faces to boost collagen production and smooth fine lines.