Keely Stewart shot out of the Brenneke School of Massage armed with a license to practice her trade and a desire to help her clients manage their pain. Five years later, she opened Massage Connection. Today, she employs a staff of three therapists, all who methodically work the deeper layers of connective tissue throughout the body, breaking up adhesions, scar tissue, and star-crossed tendons. Therapists adjusts their style to suit clients’ unique needs, targeting knots with deep-tissue techniques and quelling stress with relaxation massages.
At Antonio Melani Salon & Spa, there’s more to a haircut than trimming off split ends. Before each treatment, stylists fire off questions to garner information about their clients' visions for their hair, their lifestyles, and their daily routines. They then analyze their face shapes, hair types, and skin tones so they can design a look that accents their features, in addition to their personalities. And after all that, they still don’t start cutting until they treat scalps to a sudsy shampoo and purge stress from the shoulders and neck with a soothing massage. From there, their creativity and hair-cutting talent shines, as they take into account everything gathered from the consultation to create a chic, yet practical style. After ribboning locks with foil highlights or glosses, they style strands with Aveda products and teach clients how to re-create the looks at home or in a telephone booth during a superhero mission.
Though hair is clearly the bread and butter of Antonio Melani, the beauty team also caters to the skin and body with several treatments, including a gentleman’s facial featuring licorice root and hot-stone massages. The aestheticians also smooth skin with sugaring—a gentler and tastier alternative to traditional wax.
At Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center, a full-service anti-aging emporium led by Medical Director Dr. Yann G. Lin, the staff uses treatments from beauty injections to spider-vein removal to take years off their clients' exteriors. The plush spa-like center is designed to keep clients' visits stress-free. First-time visitors begin with a complimentary, one-on-one consultation with a staff member well versed in the center's treatment methods before embarking on a treatment plan that can include advanced laser systems for acne, Botox injections for wrinkles, and fillers to increase volume in the lips or in fine lines around the mouth. In addition to more intensive med-spa services, Mill Creek offers a range of traditional spa treatments designed to make skin smooth without having to enroll it in a How to Flirt at Bars dating class.
A luxurious interior welcomes men to Weldon Barber, which blends a warm, modern aesthetic with rustic accents, such as a fireplace tucked into a stone wall. While waiting for a cut or shave, guests sink into plush leather chairs and sip complimentary coffee, cola, or bottled water while feasting eyes on a flat-screen TV or a selection of men's magazines.
During signature haircuts—the shop’s bread and butter—stylists commence to pamper with a shampoo and a scalp massage before snipping away extraneous strands to craft a custom haircut inspired by a favorite celebrity or janitorial mop. A delicate detailing of brows, ears, and the nose eliminates rogue facial hairs, and a hot face towel and neck shave leave visages smooth. Clients can pair cuts with a timesaver or a signature shave to quickly and comprehensively free jawlines of five o’clock shadows. Throughout the entire andro-aesthetic adventure, stylists lavish clients with Aveda, Jack Black, and American Crew products.
"Shanngri La" is a play on owner Shannon Harper's name and the term Shangri-la, which means "a place of complete bliss and delight." Within Shanngri La's relaxing confines or at a location of the customer's choice, Shannon performs Swedish and deep-tissue bodywork paired with tranquil music, aromatherapy, and skin-nourishing oils. Shannon also has ample experience remedying more substantial problems, such as locked-up joints or that James Taylor riff that's stuck in your head.
North West Med Spa’s skilled technicians lure inner radiance to the skin's surface with a range of custom beauty services, from body wraps and sugar waxing to light-powered photofacials. A complimentary skin analysis precedes each facial treatment, allowing aestheticians to measure the extent of sun damage, wrinkles, and thorny rosacea gardens before proceeding. Rejuvenating DermaQuest and G.M. Collin products, along with the undulating paddle of the Multiderm skin-exfoliation system, assist them as they craft custom treatments to promote healthy, glowing complexions. Among the spa’s other noninvasive skin procedures, VelaShape body-contouring treatments buff out discrepancies in tone and Botox injections erase evidence of sustained squints or frowns.