Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients’ tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin’s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios’s chariot within 46 seconds.
Dr. Paul M. Bolger heads up operations at Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Center of the Quad Cities, a clinic that specializes in nonsurgical approaches to beauty. His team uses injections and fillers to plump and tighten wrinkled complexions and noninvasive laser paddles to target stubborn deposits of fat on the body. Sclerotherapy injections take aim at spider veins on the legs by destroying them with a special solution. In addition to these aesthetic treatments, the clinic offers bio-identical hormone therapy.
Razzor Sharp Styles combines the experience of an Old World barbershop with an upscale salon. The bilingual barbers offer dapper men's haircuts along with services designed to simultaneously groom and relax their clients. These services include lathers and shaves, soothing hot-towel treatments, and massages for the face and upper body, which leave men feeling loose and looking sharp. In addition to men's services, they also cater to women by offering color and deep-conditioning treatments and special-occasion updos.