Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
Tom Zimmermann, the cosmetologist behind Tommy Z's Salon and Spa, has been in the beauty business since 1978 and running his own shops since 1984. Those decades of experience helped him assemble his current crack team of stylists, skincare specialists, and massage therapists. In the salon, they revamp looks with cuts, colors, and straightening sessions for men’s and women’s hair and work with brides-to-be to create personalized looks and rice-catching updos for weddings. In the spa, the crew pampers complexions with facials and peels and kneads stress out of muscles with expertly executed massages.
At the intimate Mabista Salon & Spa, Gloria Doyle captains a staff of nail technicians, skincare specialists, and massage therapists. The licensed professionals float around the intimate space, leading customers to cushy black chairs for Shellac manicures or ushering them into private treatment rooms for waxing services and warm bamboo massages. They administer a sweeping array of specialty facials, smoothing wrinkles and rejuvenating skin with refining masks, exfoliating sea salts, and advanced Phytomer skincare products.
Hollywood Tan's 12 locations help Midwesterners stay tan year-round—even under their parkas. They accomplish this using equipment such as standup capsules, tanning beds, and Mystic Tan booths, the latter of which bronzes hides using an aloe vera–based spray solution instead of UV rays or a mysterious candy-factory bubblegum that turns obnoxious children tan. Off to the side, lotions stand at attention on shelves, ready to help clients maintain their tan and keep their skin moisturized.
A cornucopia of beautifying services await clients at The Face Company, where their visages and the bodies they're attached to undergo overhauls in the form of a number of procedures including photofacials, laser hair removal, Botox, Juvéderm, skin rejuvenation, cellulite reduction, and teeth whitening. The staff infuse youthfulness into clients with nonsurgical procedures, including spa services such as airbrush makeup and waxing services.
Planet Fitness' massive, brightly colored edifice teems with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. A full range of cardio equipment is complemented by an elite team of fitness trainers, whose services are available to members without charge. After an intense muscle-pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons. With the gym’s annual membership fee waived for one year, exercisers easily sidestep one obstacle on the path to becoming Greek statues with baker's dozen-pack abs (a $39 value).
When it comes to beauty, the team at The Mane Attraction does it all, from haircuts and color to airbrush makeup and mani-pedis. Formal styles and updos ensure ladies look just right for their wedding, prom, or first day at a new job. The award-winning salon also applies hair extensions to help clients attain longer and fuller locks. The Mane Attraction also features a boutique with a variety of women's fashions.