Signature Service: Aveda salon offering hair and skincare needs
Brands Used: Aveda
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Please arrive 10 minutes early to enjoy a beverage and fill out the questionnaire.
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 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Stylists Beth Zimmerman and Michelle Lewin had a mutual dream, and with the opening of The Parlour Salon & Spa, that dream was realized. Together, they lead a team of skilled stylists, aestheticians, nail extensions, injection specialists, and eyelash extension specialists. Armed with products from Aquage, Sojourn, Novalash, Pevonia, and other top-notch brands, they help clients master troublesome cowlicks, rambunctious curls, flighty fly-aways, and eyelashes shorter than a cantankerous leprechaun.
Massage therapist Lorelle Quast draws her menu of 15 therapies from healing traditions across the world. Inside her office, muscle knots might yield to the relaxing kneads of a Swedish massage or the yoga-like stretches of a Thai one. Quast also draws from Far-Eastern medical traditions for holistic therapies, including energy-balancing reiki and oriental bodywork designed to promote the body's flow of chi. Specialized massage styles target the unique stresses and strains of athletes, pregnant women, and office workers hunched over from being forced to carry the company anvil on their shoulders all day.
I Zen Spa smoothes skin and vivifies visages with its wide range of therapeutic treatments, including noninvasive facial masks and nonsurgical facelifts. The one-hour Liftosome mask treatment starts with a gentle facial cleansing followed by an application of Pro Collagen Concentrate to promotes elasticity in skin with office-supply aspirations. Faces then gets swaddled in a Thermolift mask that combines the skin-elastifying effects of collagen with soothing heat to improve skin firmness.
While her children slept, Molly Dose's brain worked. During naptime, Molly would formulate plans for her own beauty and wellness center along with her friend Nicole McLaren, a consultant for skincare company Arbonne International. Personalized wellness consultations became the cornerstone of their approach, which they put into practice when they opened Balanced Bee Bodywork in 2012.
As a licensed massage therapist, Molly eases her clients into relaxation and physical wellness through a range of modalities, such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Swedish massages. She also performs pre- and post-natal massages for expectant and new mothers, as well as those forming a tighter bond with their favorite throw pillow. Meanwhile, Nicole tends to clients' skincare needs, recommending products ranging from makeup and moisturizers to cleansers and energy-supplement tabs.