At Vspa, clients relax in comfortable, cream-hued pedicure chairs illuminated by softly lit sconces. At nearby manicure stations, highly experienced technicians cover nails in acrylics and chip-resistant polish. Creative painting endeavors include coloring fingernails to look like a famed Tiffany & Co. robin-egg-blue box or a UPS package. In a private treatment room, guests can relax while an aesthetician waxes off unwanted hair, erases acne during facials, and applies eyelash extensions that add volume to existing fringe.
Although the number of Angel Tips locations hovers around 60, there’s one thing you can count on at each of its salons: knowledgeable staff. That’s because every nail tech, massage therapist, and aesthetician learns the art of beautification at Angel’s Tips’ training center in Stamford, Connecticut. During mani-pedis, they dole out luxurious add-ons such as paraffin wax and hot-stone massage. They deeply cleanse skin during facials to reveal brighter, more even complexions, and rejuvenate bodies with tropical body scrubs and Vichy showers.
With a menu that introduces traditional Italian fare to a modern culinary sensibility, Adesso Bistro's chefs have garnered acclaim from a host of publications including the Vancouver Courier and the Globe and Mail. "Adesso" translates to "now" in Italian, symbolizing the culinary artisans' commitment to turning fresh locally sourced and organic ingredients into vibrant plates that carry the flavours of Italy's northwestern coastal region Liguria. Known for its capital city of Genoa, the seafood-loving region is dotted with small towns that produce dynamic takes on Italian staples such as foccaccia, pesto, and calamari. Adesso's owners line its facade with lush vegetation and accent the dining room with dark wood tables and chairs. Servers flit imported and local wines to tables dotting the outdoor patio among neatly trimmed bushes and the sweet sounds of the eatery's three squirrel tenors.
Christine Adkins and Amy Gabarini, the owners of Textures Hair Studio, draw on their Goldwell Academy and John Paul Mitchell Systems training to provide clients with beautiful styles. Using Goldwell coloring and other products from brands such as Paul Mitchell, Nioxin, Onestà, and KMS, they and their team shape hair with a variety of services including haircuts and styling for men, women, teens, and children. They also specialize in services such as updos, men’s grey blending, perms, hair relaxers, and standard- and partial-foil color treatments.
At Iconic Nail & Spa, trained and experienced technicians use sterilized and sealed instruments to tend to nails, body hair, and skin. Manicures and pedicures adorn fingers and toes with colorful polish, coupled with exfoliation and ingredients such as fruit, peppermint, or green tea. Swedish and hot-stone massages soothe muscles, and hot waxes remove unwanted hair from areas such as the eyebrows, the chin, or the legs.
The licensed professionals at Angel Tips beautify clients with talents and expertise garnered from the same place—Angel Tips’ own training center in Connecticut. They use this training to meticulously groom nails with manicures and pedicures, as well as rejuvenate the skin with microdermabrasion and signature facials. For the body, they create smooth epidermal expanses with waxing and a signature body scrub that begins with a steam sauna and Jacuzzi soak and moves onto a shower aqua massage, exfoliating scrub, and essential oil massage. The beauty experts also enhance winks and coded eye flutters with lash extensions that last up to 22 days.