A hot towel soothingly loosens up pores at the outset of Royal Pampering Day Spa's signature facial treatment, where a mask of massaging cleanser and a toner exfoliates away dead skin cells. Facials like this one take up just a portion of the menu filled with relaxing spa services. Skin care professionals with more than 10 years of experience knead bodies with styles such as deep-pressure, sports, and therapeutic massage as visitors lay atop heated beds in one of seven treatment areas. Staffers also offer packages that include hand-and-foot treatments for girls and moms, as well as makeup and updos for brides-to-be.
The accomplished tattoo artists at Xtreme Ink and Piercing stamp the skin with colorful, custom art and decorate the body with shimmering hoops and studs. Their repertoire of meticulously inked images ranges from whimsical pictures such as a giraffe or sentient ice-cream cone to more iconic visuals, such as a shadowy portrait of John Lennon or a bold emblem of Captain America's shield. The team also applies permanent makeup designed to match skin tone and personal style. Bright-red walls, leather couches, and hardwood floors create a salon-like interior, and 60-inch televisions distract clients wary of needles and getting burned by a flaming yin-yang symbol.
Dr. Tom Haas might be the one examining clients at Imaage Cosmetic Surgery Center, but there’s a chance they might recognize his face as well. The board-certified plastic surgeon has made multiple television appearances, been featured in numerous magazine articles, and offered advice in several educational cosmetic surgery videos. Readers of LEO Weekly named Dr. Haas the area’s best plastic surgeon in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the center also earned the publication's best spa award in 2011. The state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery suite puts client satisfaction first, offering a discrete exit for patient privacy and a comfortable waiting area for loved ones. Most procedures can be performed under Twilight anesthesia, which reduces undesirable side effects such as grogginess and mid-session snoring. The center's registered nurse and licensed aestheticians also perform a variety of nonsurgical services, including laser facial treatments, peels, and body-contouring VelaShape sessions.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop’s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M’s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Hot Locks Salon and Spa's expert stylists and aestheticians have been at it for 25 years, but they haven’t stopped innovating. Along with Great Lengths hair extensions and Goldwell color, the team recently added new lines of skincare and makeup products to their arsenals. They use tools to craft new hairdos with salon services, spa treatments, and nail transformations. All services take place in a newly renovated, private spa space characterized by vanity lighting, framed artwork, and potted plants that clap their leaves to help clients feel welcome.