Signature Service: Full-service haircare, facial waxing
Brands Used: Redken, Fantastic
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
The stylists at Fantastic Sams keep things simple?but that doesn't mean plain. These mane-makers fill a head of hair's everyday needs with services such as haircuts for everyone, styles, facial waxing, and lash extensions. They also go beyond basic services with conditioning treatments, foil highlights, and texture services more effective than simply slipping some gin into the shampoo. All services are complemented with their trademark Fantastic shampoo therapy, a treatment which includes a three-minute scalp massage and conditioning rinse.
The seasoned staff at Lotus Salon stays continuously informed on current trends, working to outfit clients with sleek hairdos and artfully sculpted nails. During complimentary consultations, stylists take time to listen to each patron's haircare desires and dream-journal recitations, then devise personalized designs to fit varying facial shapes and skin tones. Staffers are thoroughly trained in the chemistry and intricacies of hair-color treatments, and they enlist top-quality products from brands such as Scruples and Amika to bolster the comprehensive slate of services.
In addition to mane maintenance, Lotus Salon's aestheticians refurbish busted nails during thorough manicures and pedicures, and they bronze bodies with airbrush tanning. All services are designed to enlighten clients on the tools, skills, and Cartesian philosophies necessary to re-create looks at home. Mirrors embedded into dark wooden frames complement Lotus Salon's earth-tone palette, and cushy leather chairs wait to cradle guests.
At Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery, artists decorate more than bodies. They also adorn the walls. In addition to its staff of talented tattoo, piercing, and permanent-makeup artists, the business also welcomes local painters and sculptors to showcase their work in the gallery. So on their way to commission some fresh ink, customers can peruse and purchase a slightly less permanent form of art.
Globally Preferred Academy trains cadres of young cosmeticians to enhance brows, eyes, and lips with permanent pigmentation. Their licensed technicians first consult with clients hoping for claret-red lips and dramatic winks, then deftly embellish faces during appointments that last 1.5–2 hours. Globally Preferred Academy’s staff also combats wrinkles and blemishes with dermal rolling and skin needling, both treatments that aim to promote collagen production, and their synthetic extensions elongate lashes in a variety of colors.
Like many of its clients, FinerYou has undergone a revivification. Formerly Anasazi Medical Spa, it has transformed into its most recent incarnation under the watchful eye of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Focused on building the confidence of its patrons through aesthetic treatments, FinerYou helps to shrink pores, banish wrinkles, and contour curves with cutting-edge technology, which may include crystal-free microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, or fillers such as Botox and packing peanuts.
In a homey diner setting with stained glass and a large mural that depicts a small town, patrons perk up for the day with PC's menu of European and American breakfast and lunch fare. True to its name, PC’s offers a diverse roster of classic pancakes, which can come flecked with bacon or chocolate chips; baked with fillings such as spiced apples and peaches; or spread thin as crepes and sewn onto the elbows of sports jackets.
Not content to let pancakes hoard all the oven territory, thick-baked omelets jostle for space with hearty fillings such as portabella mushrooms, red peppers, and cheese. Fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juice make for a refreshing quaff, and cups of Kona coffee—specially blended for the café—send toasty aromas steaming into the air alongside carafes of real whipping cream.
Sandwiches and salads populate a lunchier section of the menu, alongside burgers such as the towering Lemont-ster burger: dual half-pound patties draped in cheddar, toasted onion strings, and thousand-island dressing.