Born in Switzerland and raised in Lichtenstein, Markus Nigg can remember sweeping up the hair in his dad's barbershop when he was only 5 years old. Following in his father's footsteps, Markus apprenticed as a barber, but instead of staying in Europe, he came to the United States and continued the tradition of the neighborhood barbershop. Now owner of M.E.N.S. Esquire, Markus keeps the shop as relaxed and welcoming as it was when it opened in 1928. A vintage-style barber pole spins just outside the entrance, and on the other side, an antique red bell announces each guest's arrival. As blues or rock plays on the radio, Markus and his three barbers stand ready by throwback chairs that cushion gents with green leather seats and sturdy metal frames. After visitors sit down, the barbers groom clients with haircuts, hot shaves, beard trims, mustache extensions, and neck cleanups.
Ayna Day Spa and Salon's countenance cleansing treatments use only the highest-quality skincare lines, such as Bioelements and Thalgo, to ensure every pore is properly depurated and every fine line is expertly eased away. A microdermabrasion treatment gently exfoliates the facial surface, sloughing away outdated skin to leave fresh, glowing cells with an even tone and a texture softer than dolphin earlobes. Every session is followed by a mini facial to moisturize and nourishize newly freshened faces.
3-D/4-D ultrasounds at Stork Snapshots offer a crystal-clear view of a fetus’ face as he or she doggy paddles around in the womb. Mothers-to-be between 24 and 36 weeks pregnant meet with a certified ultrasound technician in a comfortable setting that eschews the cold sterility and derisive clowns of a hospital. The spacious, physician-owned studio accommodates up to four additional guests as stunning images reveal active offspring sucking their thumbs and wiggling their toes. After the session concludes, its memory remains in video form on a DVD, still images on a CD-ROM, and on glossy prints.
A Paul Mitchell focus salon, Hair By Mark & Company helps clients enhance the natural beauty of their hair or dramatically reimagines existing styles, using high-quality products in each service. In addition to cut, color, and styling services, the salon's stylists can alter the texture of hair or deftly add extensions.
The expert nail technicians at Secret Style Nail Salon decorate digits with manicures and pedicures for men and women. Their basic nail treatments clean up cuticles and reshape nails with filing sessions before ending in a flourish of polished color from brands such as OPI. Techs also harness UV rays to harden no-chip manicures, which is the most practical use of solar-themed power since scientists used the sun to cook the world’s largest pizza.
In addition to showing off their technical skills, staff members also reveal their artistic sides with custom nail art. Using luxe OPI polish, they can decorate nails with creative designs such as animal prints and floral arrangements or hand-painted characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Winnie the Pooh, and the Pink Panther.
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Since founding her refuge of beauty in 1994, owner Amy Russin has amassed a staff of experienced stylists and aestheticians skilled in a variety of beautifying treatments. The menu emphasizes updo upgrades, but extends its aesthetic umbrella to include facial skincare, massage treatments, and manicure services. The glamorous gunslingers strap on bandoliers of products such as OPI, American Crew, Dermalogica, and Pureology to treat hair and hide, and other specialties include body wraps, waxing, and makeup application.