A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
With an experienced optometrist on staff and a selection of more than 500 frames and a variety of lens types, Pinnacle Vision Care offers a fix for almost every bout of blurry, foggy, or x-ray vision. Eye exams ($105, or $155 with contact-lens fitting), each performed by a licensed doctor, serve to screen the eye for diseases and engineer lenses for sharp lines and clear images. Frame droppers and cactus battlers can feel secure in the knowledge that every eyewear purchase at Pinnacle Vision Care includes a two-year warranty against breakage. A large variety of basic frames are available for around $47–$100, and can be filled in with basic lenses (starting at $60), upgraded single-vision lenses ($100–$185), or progressive lenses ($200–$600).
Acrylic sculpted nails, hair extensions such as heat fusion, beads, and on the scalp, and Brazilian blowouts. These are just a few of the signature beauty treatments licensed cosmetologist and beauty expert Kim Gilbertson is certified to perform. For the past 10 years, Kim has revamped men and women with everything from cuts and color treatments to real human-hair extensions. Yet, she doesn’t stop at the obvious elements—she also lengthens and volumizes lashes with synthetic, mink, or polyester extensions and adds semi-permanent mascara for lower lashes lasting for roughly two weeks.
Odds are, you won’t see someone leaving tattoo parlor Nampa Ink without an arm swathed in the telltale plastic wrap that signifies the birth of new ink. The newly created tattoo parlor has already made a splash in the Boise tattoo scene, filling up appointment times with guests eager to be on the receiving end of the staff’s artistic expertise. The staff specializes in detailed line work and flowing script, creating complex pieces and written messages that show the world what you love the most or serve as a permanent reminder of this week’s grocery list.
At Signature Dental, Dr. Matt Kooyman and his staff strive for utmost patient comfort during the full range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments. He uses soft-tissue lasers to recontour gum lines, reducing the bleeding and recovery time of metal blades, and Diagnodent lasers to reveal tooth decay, which, like a middle child’s birthday, can be easily overlooked.
In order to help minimize patient discomfort and set patients at ease, Dr. Kooyman’s quiet electric handpieces reduce much of the whir and buzz of air-driven dental equipment. A television and headphones in the operatory further block out ambient dental noises while the operatory’s massaging dental chair kneads out muscle kinks.
SmileLabs of Meridian specializes in the optimization of smiles using a sophisticated in-office whitening system. Technicians inaugurate sessions by having patients paint teeth with gel using an Applia-Brush, then hasten its stain-busting skills with activating beams from the FDA-approved Infinity Pro SL Whitening Accelerator. The virtually painless treatments can lighten grins up to eight shades, with results lasting for a year or more if patients practice proper maintenance and abstain from chewing on printer-ink cartridges.