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.
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.
Founded by a seasoned sextet of industry executives, The Salon Professional Academy pairs pupils with instructors trained at the lauded Redken 5th Avenue NYC for classroom, private, and on-the-floor training in the prettification arts. The newest techniques and trends bloom students' repertoires in cosmetology, aesthetics, or nail technology during small classes that foster student and teacher interaction and one-on-one time. While honing their crafts during instructor-supervised sessions with paying customers, enrollees get a leg up on business acumen in lessons that cover scheduling, manning a front desk, and delegating photocopying tasks to the most responsible photocopier. After completing the program, students may follow in the footsteps of past graduates that have gone on to decorate famous faces as movie stylists, or become salon owners, cosmetology educators, and beauty-magazine editors.
At Core Fitness, muscle-makers can utilize and experience free weights, cardio classes, workout machines, and more. Over 145 classes per week range in level to suit fledgling fitness fans and experienced exercisers alike. Both locations are open 24 hours every day, ensuring even the busiest beekeepers have the opportunity to put down their apiary aprons and get fit. Choose from slimming, heart-pumping sessions like the Bodypump class, where muscle mavens can tone and define muscle without building bulk, or relax and revitalize mind and body with Warm Yoga Flow. Other choices include spin class, kickboxing and Zumba; all classes are lead by certified and sculpted instructors. Each facility also boasts saunas and steam rooms, as well as free parking to match their perpetual operating hours.
The beauty sculptors at Bellisimo transform locks with cut-and-color combos and refurbish fingertips with long-lasting Shellac manicures in a tranquil atmosphere. During a complimentary consultation, stylists determine the patron's desired coif and the hair's ability to rise up and defend itself against scissors. Hair tamers trim strands into fashionable looks and accentuate or change natural hues with partial highlights or all-over color, educating the client on relevant techniques and professional products such as Pureology and Redken.
What do a mainframe programmer and a massage therapist have in common? Both break down complex puzzles into their elemental parts and work toward solutions methodically. But for Bruce Morgan of Bodyworks By Bruce, a former engineer, no matter how long he worked with a particularly confounding programming problem and no matter how technically rewarding the project was, the human element of building relationships was missing.
That difference is what drew him into massage therapy. Whereas programming works within defined parameters, Bruce never knows what sort of puzzle he's going to solve when presented with a client suffering from pain. Before sessions, he consults with all clients extensively to get to know them and their symptoms, and encourages them to give feedback during sessions so that he can customize his approach. Shoulder pain, for example, may be symptomatic of a person compensating for damage in the ankles, which is why Bruce routinely delivers full-body massages. His training specialized in myofascial release and cross-fiber friction, whose strokes alternate between going with and against the muscle grain, and he uses these techniques to target problem areas.
Each client enjoys warmth in the private treatment room, both from a table warmer and the sage green shade of the walls. A salt lamp lends the room a relaxing glow, and Bon Vital all-natural lotion keeps skin hydrated. To set the soundtrack for their session, clients can select from a range of light jazz, Native American music, or nature sounds, including a chorus of dolphins covering Barry White songs.