Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan?certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
As a community-supported agriculture farm, Eat Local Produce focuses on putting organic produce into locals’ hands with a weekly delivery service. Workers harvest fresh fruits and vegetables—grown without chemicals, GMOs, or other harmful acronyms—and pack them into boxes that can be delivered to customers’ doorsteps or picked up directly from the Lake Stevens farm. Since the farm features a rotating selection of more than 50 crops throughout the year, each box comes with storage tips and recipes to help customers properly preserve and prepare each piece of produce they receive.
Eat Local Produce extends its healthy-eating efforts to all socioeconomic statuses by making weekly donations to the local food bank and even accepting electronic-benefit-transfer (EBT) food benefits. The farm also supports the community and environment with living wages for its staff and organic-farming practices that implement renewable and recyclable resources.
The aesthetics experts at Finelines Permanent Cosmetics employ their extensive training in microdermabrasion, cellulite reduction, and therapeutic treatments to improve the appearance of skin surfaces and boost patients' self-esteem. The body-tweaking troop guarantees all administered treatments for up to three months, ensuring that extended eyelashes remain bat-worthy and potential cellulite zones remain smoother than a sweet-talking seal.
The exuberant exfoliators at Royale European Skin Care wipe out no-good skin cells with thorough multistep treatments that leave epidermises enlivened. The go-to spa facial polishes peeper chrome with a basic cleansing, a pH balancing, and a moisturizing mask finish ($84), and the intense glow advanced facial targets dry, sensitive, or oily skin types with an aromatherapy-based remedy ($94). The warm algae wrap treats trunks by blanketing bodies in vitamin-rich seaweed smoothies for 25 minutes to detoxify and hydrate hides ($99). Guests sip tea in the sitting room between services, relaxing before rooting out unwanted follicle flowers with full face ($40) or Brazilian bikini ($55) waxing services. Stop being mistaken for squiggly-mouthed emoticons with the hydrating lip treatment, which rinses out wrinkles and reshapes kisser contours ($15).
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago, and now features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. Neophyte or expert gravity resisters can regularly finesse their fitness on a cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with lifting bundles of rebar and commercial chest freezers.
Northwest Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, provides members with a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed for an efficient cardio and strength training workout. During the training, attendees can burn up to 500 calories and work each major muscle group to work toward individual fitness goals. An experienced coach is always nearby to teach and motivate participants, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music cues participants to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight and fitness level to create resistance. Each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.