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.
Independent hair stylist Libbee Giberson sets up shop at Winsomme Salon, where she beautifies her clients with hair, makeup, and waxing services. Along with cuts and styles for men, women, and children, she makes hair pop with highlights and adds color and shine with an organic hair-color line and a well-placed mini disco balls. Her facial waxing gets rid of unwanted hairs, and her makeup applications polish faces with mineral makeup.
At Fruitzen Frozen Yogurt, taste buds entwine with frozen yogurt rich in live active cultures. Made with real yogurt instead of a powder mix, their froyo provides a healthy alternative and comes in flavors such as white chocolate mousse and sea salt caramel pretzel, with 12 nonfat and low-fat options, including no sugar added options, and a non-dairy sorbert, and a variety of toppings, including fresh strawberries, raspberries and pineapple.