Were it not for the old-fashioned sign hanging from a post outside, visitors might have a difficult time locating Seventh Avenue Barbershop. The shop resides in a two-story building that can easily be mistaken for another home in its charming Marion neighborhood.
Once inside, however, it’s easy to see what makes the barbershop and salon stand out. Amid swirls of red, white, and blue, the sounds of friendly chatter fill the air as licensed barber Andy Karasek clips shaggy manes and trims beards. Taking his cues from the barbers of yesteryear, Andy softens cheeks with hot towels before shaving stubble with a straight razor or a jeweled Victorian butter knife.
The decor at Phresh Lochs Salon shares the kind of elegantly arranged color pattern Christie can apply to hair. Though she might not use the same earthen red and gray that swathes the walls of the salon and pops from sprawling pieces of art, she takes care to keep the spirit of arranging colors artfully. With men's or women's Redken color, she and her fellow stylists can totally transform hues or add dimension with highlights. The care Christie and company exhibit in their work extends to updos for special occasions, waxes, and makeup applications.
The beauty professionals at SoTrue Salon & Spa oversee a vast array of treatments that keep clients shimmering and beautiful. Stylists shape and trim locks for men and women and offer additional flare with highlights and color treatments. They enhance aesthetics with waxing for the entire body, as well as procedures such as spray tanning and eyelash and eyebrow tinting. Experienced nail artists decorate digits with manicures, pedicures, and additional options, such as Shellac treatments and nail art.
At Serendipity's Salon, a certified aesthetician pampers her clients with traditional spa services, including European facials with added arm and leg massages, deep chemical exfoliation, and waxing. The staff also specializes in eastern-influenced treatments, such as henna tattooing and threading services for eyebrows, faces, or stuffed animals tired of wearing the same old expression.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients’ tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin’s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios’s chariot within 46 seconds.