Courtney and Corey Nappa complement each other’s skill sets well. Courtney has a wealth of business experience and a passion for beauty, and Corey has years under his belt as a personal trainer and fitness-center manager. They realized that they could combine their skills into an ideal health-club experience, and Ten X Club was born.
On the fitness end of the business, instructors hold group Pilates, yoga, and spin classes. Cardio and weight-lifting rooms feature equipment from manufacturers such as Nautilus and Precor. A kids’ playroom keeps tykes entertained while parents shed sweat. On the other end of the spectrum, the sleekly appointed salon features hair services, mani-pedis, and spray-tanning services in a quiet environment, the air perfumed with the scent of hair products. Here, too, members can send their kids to the playroom while they enjoy grownup relaxation time with beautifying services, adult conversation, and the freedom to eat animal crackers any way they choose.
From inside a charming sidewalk storefront, Hernan Salon teleports stress through indulgent cuticle-pampering services. During the one-hour spa manicure, experienced nail technicians wean worry, stress, and temporary tattoos of Jane Austen book covers from hands and arms by lobbing smooth, flowing strokes over muscles, tissue, and tendons. Next, as eyes wander to the autumnal colors fluttering outside the paned glass, the tech preps cuticles with an exfoliating scrub that scours dead skin from fingertips. Nails are then gently trimmed and delicately shaped into clients' favorite Disney on Ice character. After nail connoisseurs buff and soak the nail canvass, it is ready for polish and color, which can be as adventurous as an alluring scarlet hue or as conventional as a crustless peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. To accommodate a rainbow of preferences, the salon owner will order an out-of-stock polish shade at the clients' request when they schedule their appointment. If guests long for an extra smidgeon of indulgence, they may add a paraffin treatment for $10.
Forbici Salon and Spa combines soft lighting with years of enlightening experience coddling and pampering reticent and weary bodies. Clients longing to approximate bioluminescence can find satisfaction in the 90-minute sweet-milk and lavender-bud facial, a renewing treatment that tends to both the face and the extremely delicate extremities. Astute aestheticians employ a paraffin mask in conjunction with Farmaesthetics' organic Nourishing Lavender Milk to moisturize pores plagued by desert nightmares. Soothing lavender aromas soak facial skin in soporific relief, wafting into the nasal glands to mollify the harried and oft-neglected internal face. A swift hand and foot massage runs in tandem with the facial indulgence, leaving tips renewed and radiant after a warm, welcoming dip in paraffin.
Spascape buffs and shines bodies from head to toe with services from a vast menu of treatments and therapies. The highly trained specialists mollify muscles, polish profiles, and remove unwanted bristles using expert techniques and natural products from lines such as OSEA, Farmaesthetics, and the Balm Cosmetics.
Dr. Christian Ford is running out of wall space. His CV boasts academic credentials aplenty—after graduating from Boston University Magnum Cum Laude, he became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society at Boston University School of Medicine. During that time, he investigated a method for speeding recovering from wounds using vacuum-assisted devices, and his research was published in Annals of Plastic Surgery. And that was just the beginning—after graduating he completed a six-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the prestigious Stanford University Medical Center. But his education extends beyond the diplomas, mortarboards, and ceremonial Pink Floyd posters he earned in college. In 2008, Dr. Ford took up a position at Hospital de la Familia in Guatemala, where he performed pediatric cleft lip and palate repairs, burn surgery, and hand surgery. Since returning to the States, he's made his business in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and operates out of a combination clinic and med spa where face, breast, and body procedures can be supplemented with Botox and dermal filler treatments.