It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.
Australian Sands Tanning Resort boasts six kinds of tanning beds, custom spray tans, and an on-site shop stocked with skincare products. The Resort's true selling point, though, lies with its staff. The tanning consultants own a stake in the independent business, and take pride in their work. They each earned a certification stating that they understand the effects of ultraviolet light, various skin types, and how to best maintain and clean the equipment. This means they can recommend the ideal bed to bring out a client's natural color. They deftly apply Tahitian Tan Custom Airbrush tans, giving the sunless pigment a naturally even look, and they also prescribe skincare products to enhance the color, duration, or lotion-y-ness of a tan.
Customers can stay bronzed and buff year-round at Different Seasuns. Thirty tanning beds in eight different types bestow skin with a golden hue in private rooms painted with a tropical flair. The salon’s circuit-training center includes conditioning machines, weighted hula hoops, exercise balls, and free weights that work to sculpt freshly tanned muscles.
The beauty buffs at Envy Tan equip their newly opened salon with a collection of beds, spray-tan services, and red-light therapy that aims to bronze and tone the skin. Recline in a 12-minute lie-down bed or rehearse semaphore monologues in a 9-minute stand-up unit, all while soaking in the vitamin D emitted by the traditional Level 2 UV tanning. The pink and white upright Ergoline Beauty Angel chamber bathes bodies in therapeutic non-UV red light, which has been said to stimulate collagen production to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. The rejuvenating beams may refine skin texture, as the vibrating platform underfoot stimulates muscles and politely asks cellulite to leave the room. A trio of VersaSpa spray tan sessions evenly mists hides with a sunless bronzing formula in the comfort of a high-tech booth or low-tech bounce castle.
Joe Becerril doesn't want to train just one type of person. Instead, the certified personal trainer and owner of Elevate Functional Fitness prides himself on his ability to tailor programs for people of all athletic levels, such as beginners, body builders, and those with medical conditions. To do so, he taps into his fitness background, education, and supportive nature to challenge his clients to meet their own fitness goals, such as running a marathon or bench-pressing marathon runners.