Serving central Texas for more than 25 years, Bridal Extravaganza simplifies shopping for brides and grooms by collecting more than 200 vendors under one roof. The booths of experienced wedding professionals lure in couples to sample their wares, from planners showing off their color-coded to-do lists to caterers doling out tastes of cakes, dinner dishes, and champagne. Fashion shows give onlookers a taste of the latest dress fashions for brides and bridesmaids and the latest developments in the world of cummerbunds for grooms. By the day's end, lucky ticket holders win prizes for a free wedding gown, bridal pictures, and cash. Each bride who attends the Bridal Extravaganza will receive $500 in free Bridal Bucks to spend on select exhibitors or a fairy godmother.
The aestheticians at Esthetiques Skin Spa have all long held an interest in skincare, even dating back to childhood for one pro who gave herself mud-pie facials. While mud is conveniently left off the menu, the team does unfurl Intraceuticals products, glycolic-acid peels, and a Nuface microcurrent toning device to revitalize tired mugs and combat acne, sun spots, and fine lines. They also adorn fresh canvases with spray tans that leave bodies looking bronzed and beautiful.
The team at Rockstar Tan and Spa helps clients to bronze their bodies with a full range of UV- and sunless-tanning machines, along with color-enhancing lotions, moisturizers, and intensifying balms. Modern standup and lie-down beds bake hides to a golden, buttery hue, and the VersaSpa booth spritzes on custom color in fewer than 15 minutes. Body wraps further prep frames for swimsuit or bubble-wrap season by helping to slim physiques and minimize the appearance of cellulite.
Professional aesthetician Santricia Brownlee increases the smoothing effect with an array of waxing services. Thirty-minute French or Brazilian waxes evict fuzz from bikini lines for up to three weeks, and treatments on small areas tend to conclude in a scant 10 minutes.
At NuBody Concepts of Memphis, three MDs pool their experience to perform advanced cosmetic treatments with virtuosic skill. They’ve used their expertise with Aqualipo—a process that infuses liposuction with water to minimize downtime and discomfort—to train other doctors in the procedure, and appeared on Channel 9's Eyewitness News doing a real surgery. Their other treatments include NaturalFill, which uses the body's natural fats to fill and contour the face, lips, buttocks, or doctoral theses. Though the procedures wield state-of-the art technology, the office itself has a homey vibe: yellow walls, plush couches, and flat-screen TVs keep patients comfortable on visits.
Style shouldn't cost a small fortune, or even several large checking accounts. That's the philosophy at Image Hair Studio Memphis, a neighborhood beauty haven with chic services that caught the attention of The Commercial Appeal and earned designation as a Paul Mitchell Focus salon. Inside the space—where black-and-white tile floors and sleek red chairs grant a retro feel—manager Kelly Wu and her fellow stylists provide haircuts, color services, and texturizing treatments. Thoughtful touches, such as hot towels and scalp massages, add a bit of luxury to appointments. But it's about more than helping clients look good—as Kelly says, her favorite part of the job is making them feel good about themselves, too.