Led by hairstylist and fashion designer Takayah Norris, the staff at Royalty Hair Palace Salon & Boutique aims to live up to their name, treating all of their clients like queens. They achieve this by approaching beauty from multiple angles: they sculpt stunning hairstyles, professionally apply make-up, summon fresh layers of skin with facials, and stock the racks of their boutique with custom-made clothes and accessories. Therapists also perform deep-tissue, Swedish, sports, shiatsu, and reflexology massages to soothe away any lingering stress spawned from choosing a hair color that best compliments your favorite pair of Groucho glasses.
Carrying a wide selection of knickknacks, The Psychedelic Shack is the perfect place to pick up a gift or show an acquaintance what a gift you give to them might look like. Purses free up hands previously filled with spare change, pens, and miniature chihuahuas ($9.95–$19.95), while incense brings olfactory excellence to otherwise unremarkable rooms ($1.99–$65). Wind chimes are ideal for those who suspect the wind may be about to break its restraining order again ($12.95–$22.95). Meanwhile, desolate homes can find renewed life with flowing tapestries ($19.95–$24.95), fairy figurines ($10.95), and boxes ($9.95–$24.95). And the store’s selection of Zippo lighters enables easy fire production when flamethrowers have been forgotten at home ($19.95–$35.95).
Cuttin' Loose Salon is mere minutes from the rippling waters of the Gulf Coast and has been ranked one of Florida's top three salons for eight years running by Independent News. Golden-yellow walls and brick accents fill the space with bright charm as expert stylists use Matrix and Redken products to transform tresses with color, keratin treatments, and trendy cuts. Walk further back, and you'll step into the tranquil bodywork studio to encounter the salon's licensed massage therapist, Ann Sheppard, who has turned Pensacola's muscle frowns upside-down for nearly 10 years. She calls on the skills she learned at the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy and Health Careers and from training with a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine to both foster total relaxation and target pain stemming from injury or chronic conditions—she's treated everyone from pro athletes and coaches to expectant mothers and patients reeling from recent join-replacement surgery. Rather than sticking to one modality throughout her massage sessions, she calls on a number of techniques, picking and choosing her approach depending on what her clients require.
As a massage therapist with nearly 40 years of experience, Ginny Adams has the nimble touch and the familiarity with the body necessary to soothe and soften skin with full-body scrubs. During the 45-minute treatment, Ginny frosts limbs with a naturally derived blend of salt and sugar that exfoliates skin and repels attacks from wolves on the Atkins diet. The addition of grape-seed oil nourishes skin, introducing vitamins and rich moisture to recover each client's natural glow. Although not included in this Groupon, patrons can opt to upgrade to the Body Bliss treatment ($70 extra), which includes a one-hour massage executed by Ginny's nimble hands and a miniature marching band's rhythmic feet.
In oak-studded pastures awash with climbing vines and vibrant flowers, a horse whinnies and a startled peacock flies off to find shelter in a tree's branches. For Marilyn Gibbs, it's just another day at the office—the licensed massage therapist opened her studio on a ranch in order to give her clients the kind of tranquility they can't find in the city. With 15 years of experience, Marilyn switches her modality of choice to suit the needs of each client: focused compression addresses chronic pain during deep-tissue massages, and fluid kneads with forearms and elbows comprise her Hawaiian-style Lomi Lomi treatment. She also practices pain-focused myoskeletal-alignment techniques (MAT) and myofascial release, which gradually unwinds contracted muscles and encourage them to stretch. With a G5 Cellutec massager, a complimentary add-on to each treatment, she can even help fade the telltale dimples of cellulite.
After a massage, Marilyn's clients often benefit from increased flexibility and less palpable aches. A complimentary 15–20 stop inside her far-infrared sauna following massages can enhance these effects, warming joints and reducing soreness caused by headaches, arthritis, and other ailments.
Marilyn Gibbs, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT MA25768/MM8508, AL#33)