Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
At Table for One, owner and licensed aesthetician Wendy Rodriguez eschews standardizing her services and instead tailors every treatment to each client. During a massage, for example, her approach may range from relaxing the entire body to focusing on a particularly tight area that's impeding a guest's well-being. This fluidity of approach also characterizes her facials. She further personalizes all of services with add-ons, such as reflexology and aromatherapy in scents extracted from natural elements, such as honey. Within Headturner's Salon, Wendy maintains a relaxing studio anchored by a massage table draped in plush blankets.
Jamie Fleetwood liked working as an esthetician at Art Salon & Spa so much that she bought the beautifying business in 2010. Along with her staff of fellow estheticians, stylists, makeup artists, and massage therapists, Fleetwood pampers her clients inside the newly renovated, sun-drenched space. Her aesthetic touch might only be matched by that space’s decor: it’s accented with sleek hardwood floors, verdant plants, and earth tones as warm as a made-for-TV movie about dogs that adopt other dogs. Among these scenic fixtures, the team renders a slate of services in the form of facials, Shellac manicures, therapeutic massages, and highlights.
A licensed aesthetician, licensed massage therapist, energy therapist, and holistic health coach aim to balance their clients’ inner and outer energies at Synergy Wellness Spa and Salon. Massages knead away stress and facials scrub free dull skin, excess oil, and grime. Coaching services help clients move toward healthier living through guided grocery shopping tours, impromptu food fights in the produce section, and personal chef services.
Inspired by how massage helped her mother after a stroke, Tender Embrace Spa and Clinic's Elise Procell combines techniques from four modalities to address her clients' individual needs. Swedish massage mollifies tense muscles and increases circulation, and sports techniques prepare bodies for, or heal bodies after, athletic endeavors such as football games or lion-wrestling matches. Trigger point's pressure-and-release cycles unravel painful knots, and neuromuscular's concentrated massage focuses on the ligaments, connective tissue, and tendons of one specific body part. After the 60-minute massage, clients enjoy extra pampering with a mud mask to smooth the skin and a salt or sugar scrub to exfoliate the feet.