A Touch of Heaven came to fruition under the direction of Andrea Sylvia, an aesthetician and former surgical nurse who dreamed of blending the pampering atmosphere of a day spa with the compassionate care of a doctor's office. Medical therapies appear throughout the extensive service menu, brightening complexions with pharmaceutical-grade skincare products from SkinCeuticals and trimming silhouettes with weight-loss programs. Nonsurgical face-lifts rely on microcurrent technology to diminish fine lines and visibly firm the skin, while the futuristic-looking alpha spa capsule combines the detoxifying benefits of a sauna with the rejuvenating effects of aromatherapy and vibratory massage.
In addition to these advanced treatments, traditional spa remedies such as manicures, hot-stone massage, and hugs from terry-cloth robes aim to quiet stressed minds and muscles. The spa also accents glowing complexions with glittering face and body art and donates all proceeds from the five-dollar service to Women at Risk, an organization devoted to combating human trafficking.
Photographs of locals sporting designer frames grace the walls of Gainesville Opticians’ latest display room, cluing first-time visitors in to the optical boutique’s long history as a community staple. One of the staff’s licensed opticians began her relationship with the store as a customer at the age of 8; this kind of decades-long dedication remains a point of pride among the entire staff, who specialize in crafting lens-and-frame combinations that blend functionality with style from the ocular world’s top designers. Rather than rush through the all-important fitting process, staff members will gladly take up to two hours to walk each customer through the store's frame collections, matching their personal style with selections from Paul Smith, Lunor, Ray-Ban, and others. The store’s eyewear sign-out policy allows customers to take a set of frames home before buying, ensuring that the glasses in question don’t clash with territorial hats and scarves.
Rebecca Chopp can execute a textbook crewcut or deliver funky, peacock-green highlights. She can chisel elegant layers or an intricate pinup wave with ombre edges. In other words, her repertoire is as diverse as her clientele. And her skill with strands isn’t limited to the tops of heads: she also nixes unwanted hair from lips, chins, and brows.
If a giant hourglass exploded, leaving a sand-hued floor and a temporary break in the flow of time itself, Paradise Grooming would be the result. Against a backdrop of murals featuring palm trees frozen mid-sway beneath a sun perpetually stuck in the warm golden hours, gents grab a brew and try to sink into vacation mode while shears flick through unruly curls. As spheres rocketing across a fully functional foosball table sound a sharp report, scalp massages grab the attention of nostrils by steeping skin in fragrant tea-tree oil that soothes heads stressed from living downstairs from a piano-and-anvil factory. On the way to a private room for a hot-stone massage or facial, guests pause to peruse a menu of manicures and waxing services.
The depilation artists at Brow Art 23's boutique produce carefully sculpted eyebrows and perform precision threading and waxing services. During their signature eyebrow-threading services, the boutique's technicians wield two threads over fuzzy body surfaces to pull out fine hairs or sculpt fuzz into neat shapes quickly and effortlessly. Their arsenal of eyebrow-pampering products also includes angled eyebrow brushes, stencils, and makeup to glam up bland brows and keep new looks fresh at home. Threading can also be done on other parts of the body besides the face, leaving any area smooth or remaining hair formed into the name Denise. The boutique also offers henna tattoos and eyelash extensions, rounding out its suite of beautifying services.
As their name suggests, the staff at Xanadu Day Spa strive to create a paradise filled with beauty and relaxation. Their massage therapists enhance hot-stone, sports, and prenatal treatments with a slew of natural products believed to enrich skin. These products also come into play during nail services that, like many of Xanadu’s treatments, come with an upgrade called an “X Factor.” During a manicure, for example, the nail technician will dip hands in warm paraffin wax and exfoliate any dead or dulling skin cells with a gentle scrub. With their services, they aim to inspire the same relaxing experience that clients would get from visiting an exotic locale, like Fiji, or a massage bed floating around Fiji. Their service menu also includes spa packages for groups and kids, as well as couples’-massage lessons from one of the therapists on staff.