Kimberly Murphy is a licensed aesthetician and PCA-certified skincare specialist with a industry-proven background that stretches back to 1994. During that time she's worked cosmetics for Lord and Taylor, represented European lines like Guerlain and Orlane, and volunteered for nonprofits such as Teen Explosion. Her goal at Kimberly's Glam Spa and Boutique is to share her knowledge to help clients in order to give them a fresh start at healthy skin and beautiful features.
After a glass of champagne or cup of tea in the cafe, clients settle in for one of Kimberly's signature treatments. The menu of services features facials for men, women, teens, and those looking to overcome signs of aging?take, for instance, the 24-carat gold facial, which reduces wrinkles and harness the healing properties of gold to reduce impurities in the skin. There's also a slate of body wraps like the chocolate-covered strawberry wrap, as well as PCA peels for more advanced skin issues. After a treatment and beverage, clients are free to peruse the boutique's jewelry and accessories.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5- to 15-minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Natural light pours through the salon's large front windows onto walls painted the deep blue-green of a tropical island. Amidst this relaxing ambiance, skilled stylists snip sharp scissor cuts and bedeck tresses with flattering highlights. Formaldehyde-free conditioning treatments are also available to reduce frizz for an easier morning routine. Guests may also request a gel manicure or receive a sun-kissed look without the UV rays via a spray-tan session.
A tablespoon of honey, chopped and pressed vegetables, and a pinch of salt: it’s not the recipe for a summer salad, but for Luna Skin Care and Spa’s customized organic body treatments. Designed to soften and brighten the skin, the treatments mix raw, organic ingredients while the client waits, ensuring maximum freshness and a blend that caters to favorite fragrances and personal skincare needs. The spa’s owner Marianela Arauco, a licensed massage therapist for over 15 years, specializes in a variety of massages, including shiatsu, Japanese acupressure, and reflexology. Her hands sweep over skin, helping to treat issues such as chronic anxiety, muscle tension, or the inability to remove cruel signs taped onto one’s back by guidance counselors.
If it involves the eyes, Iy Kandii Lash Boutique can do it. The spa’s licensed extension specialists enhance natural lashes with professional adhesives and semipermanent extensions in a range of colors. They custom cut each application to create the desired amount of length and volume—whether clients want a natural look or the ability to sail a boat by blinking. Once extensions are in place, they can wax or thread eyebrows into perfectly symmetrical arches or make eyes pop with professionally applied makeup. Aside from dressing up the eyes, they also dole out cleansing and exfoliating facials and travel to parties and special events across town for in-house services.
Lured in by her love of fashion, Hair Studio and Spa's cofounder, Zobeida Parra, left her job managing educational services for the more fulfilling call of salon life. She surrounds herself with experienced hairstylists and aestheticians who beautify visitors during salon and spa services, including hair coloring, keratin treatments, facials, waxing, and nailcare. Salon transformations unfold under the track lighting of Parra’s studio, where stylists work at stations outfitted with tall mirrors enclosed by the dark wood frames of Paul Bunyan's old eyeglasses.