A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
A cosmetic complex with décor ranging from the chic black tile of its salon to the day spa's bamboo-and-incense ambience, Aventine fills its space with a consummate roster of beautification treatments administered by a highly specialized staff. The classic massage (a $90 value) tailors its 60 minutes of total relaxation to your muscular map's spinal mountain range, flowing energy rivers, and buried treasure chests of stress. A signature 45-minute DermaSweep facial (a $127.50 value) mechanically extracts and exfoliates the face with a gentle vacuum, lifting away dead and deadbeat skin while combating the oxidative aging effects caused by years of reenacting Three Stooges shorts. The treatment begins with a consultation and keeps the skin relaxed throughout with a cleansing massage and therapeutic mask. A three-month membership ($297 value) to Aventine Spa treats members to a range of discounts on salon, massage, and aesthetic services.
There are 1,000 meters in a kilometer, and there are more than a thousand Carpet One Floor & Home locations throughout the world. Yet each one is locally owned and operated, demonstrating the company’s priority of uniting low prices with the friendliness that attends having its stores run by stakeholders in their communities. The staffers shower their flooring knowledge on guests as they work together to match each home with one of the innumerable brands of carpeting, hardwood, or tile flooring. They walk customers through the difference in the brands, such as Relax, it’s Lees carpets, which use stain-resistant EverTex fibers. They compare that to, say, Forever Hardwood’s real-wood-veneer surface, which can’t definitively be proven not to have been made from George Washington’s teeth. After helping with the decision making, the floor specialists send a certified installer to houses to perform re-floorings with the Healthier Living installation process, which minimizes dust and odors in the new carpeting. The installers outfit the rooms while taking the most care possible; they even back their work up with a guarantee that homeowners will be satisfied.
Whether they're using light colors to make rooms feel larger or earth tones to make dungeons feel cozier, Stylers Floor Covering's technicians know that the right flooring can dramatically change a home's appearance. To help their customers feel 100% confident in their choices, they loan out flooring samples and provide free onsite estimates. They vamp up domiciles in wall-to-wall carpeting from brands such as Helios or stained hardwood floors from the likes of Mirage. Extending beyond aesthetic preference, they help homeowners select the right flooring material to suit their lifestyles. Certain carpeting types, for example, can repel pet odor, and laminate floors naturally resist grandfather clocks' drool.
Owned by lifelong rug enthusiast Amir Amidi, Medallion Rug Gallery has been furnishing quality floor coverings since 1978. Like a flying carpet mausoleum, every possible surface in the Medallion showrooms are covered in vibrant, intricately woven rugs. With imports stacked from all over the world, overwhelmed rug purchasers can seek succor from a knowledgeable staff member who will help you narrow down your desired color scheme, design, and price. Once a tentative decision has been reached, prospective buyers are encouraged to take the rug home for a risk-free trial run to make sure its presence doesn't spook your skittish furniture. Rugs start at $150 for some clearance items and can reach to thousands of dollars for venerable, antique pieces.
After working under platform artists for Redken and Paul Mitchell, master cosmetologist Carlos Flores opened Aqua Salon and Day Spa, a Paul Mitchell focus salon that emphasizes continuing education and training for its styling team. During services, the team unholsters premium products such as Aquage and Mitch, a Paul Mitchell line developed especially for men. Because the spa regularly styles both ladies and gents, the decor is neutral and posh, like the Supreme Court’s dressing room. Dramatic plants sprout from vases scattered around the spa, and suede seats and a cowhide rug decorate the lobby.