It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.
The Dream Body's wraps envelop clients in a warm embrace of Dead Sea salt, algae, jojoba oil, and minerals from the Mojave Desert. The wraps help clients lose inches, shrinking fat cells and eliminating toxins in the body. They also come in scents such as lavender, rose, or coconut.
Refined Image of Northern Kentucky's laser tag team is composed of medical technicians overseen by no fewer than five physicians, who set their sights on the eradication of unwanted hair and small veins on the legs and feet. Technicians handle GentleMax laser equipment with precision, delivering a concentrated dose of heat deep into trouble spots, as skin's upper layers stay chill thanks to a cooling burst of cryogen. Though the high-intensity light shows no mercy toward age spots, sun damage, and skin blemishes, it yields only mild discomfort, with pulses that are generally compared to a rubber-band snap.
The licensed therapists and aestheticians of Serenity Massage and Bodyworks practice their crafts within private treatment rooms, where mental and physical clarities intertwine during facials, body wraps, and the soothing massage therapies alluded to in the spa’s name. Massage therapists draw on a full repertoire of modalities—from the relaxing effleurage and percussion movements of Swedish massage to the focused, healing pressures of deep-tissue massage—to appease muscles knotted from sleeping on hard floors or Twister mats. Reiki healing techniques, which work to strengthen the bonds between mind, body, and spirit, best exemplify the massage therapists’ concern for holistic healing. Their aesthetician counterparts allow this same concern to inform their facials and body wraps, which call upon the detoxifying powers of vitamins and minerals to chase away impurities and blemishes.
When hairstylist Scott Schuman opened Illusions in 1990, he was joined by a team of cosmetologists and stylists who also happened to be his longtime friends. With this tight-knit crew in tow, Scott and his business partner, Teri, opened up the salon’s current location, a sun-drenched space with wooden floors and glimmering display cases filled with professional-grade hair products. The staffers, who consider themselves members of the same extended family, perform a wide array of salon services, from men’s and women’s cuts to color treatments and elegant updos suited for formal events or fancy games of laser tag.