Wherever Wenny Blackman goes, Aveda's organic products are sure to follow, and vice versa, as the stylist, aesthetician, and owner of Wen Chic Salon and Spa—an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa—has been attending Aveda classes since 1996. Needless to say, she and her skilled staff employ Aveda products exclusively to augment their repertoire of salon and spa services, including colorings that use HeadMapping, instead of traditional wizards, to predict the amount of time, product, and cost for each session.
Before the Texas board-certified stylists can cut, color, or treat hair, Blackman requires them to attend classes at the Aveda Institute. The stylists' mastery of Aveda's curriculum, coupled with their overall experience, determines their status as a stylist, senior stylist, master stylist, or director. Similarly, the licensed aestheticians and registered massage therapists reach for Aveda products during facials, massages, waxing treatments, and airbrush-tanning sessions, which are staged in the spa area's quiet summer and winter rooms, free of cell-phone ringtones and piles of burning leaves.
Medical aesthetician Cora Jaques doesn't just want you to look better on the outside––she wants you to feel confident in knowing you're getting the most advanced laser and anti-aging treatments the industry has to offer. Beyond boasting 35 years of experience in the beauty industry, Cora received her advanced laser training firsthand from the inventors of the Elos laser machine, and today, she uses the Elos eLight system to remedy skin imperfections, such as acne, sunspots, and wrinkles that spell out your birthdate. Along with a staff of aestheticians and laser technicians well versed in everything from photofacials to ReFirme skin tightening, Cora also pampers bodies with state-of-the art spa services. Certification in clinical facials allows the staff to custom-tailor a complexion regimen for each face, incorporating microdermabrasion or toning serums as needed, and body wraps call upon the powers of seaweed or volcanic mud to hydrate or firm the skin.
Led by semblance-savvy husband-and-wife team Dr. Daniel Kort and nurse practitioner JoAnne Engel Kort, Renew Clinic and Spa restores bodily beauty with medical expertise and cutting-edge laser technology. Light years beyond dated light bulb hair removal, laser hair removal gently coaxes rogue follicles from their derma dens and permanently eviscerates them after an average of six to ten treatments. A numbing cream thickens skin against the laser's subtle sarcasm, with most patients reporting only a mild tingling sensation, increasing with the darkness and thickness of the hair.
Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Cindy Conlin is sensitive to the pain people can feel. Her experiences interning with Survivors of Torture, healing patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome, and continuing her educating in pain-management training have given her a unique insight into holistic healing. At Nature’s Touch Healing Center, Cindy employs natural, drug-free remedies to aid visitors with everything from relaxation to treatment of depression, chronic aches, and infertility. She consults with clients at the start of each visit, discussing their health history, symptoms and expectations, and the root of the word “stethoscope.” From there, she maps out the most appropriate treatment plan. Cindy’s methods often enlist not just acupuncture, but any number of her specialties in cupping, medical essential-oil therapy, Chinese herbal therapy, and nutrition counseling to encourage the body’s natural healing processes.
For 29 years, Present Perfect has dispensed an eclectic array of elegant and artistic stationery and gifts. Customers can search the assortment of greeting cards ($1.95–$15)—many of which are sourced from rare lines and Northwest artists—to find the perfect card for wishing a coworker happy birthday or congratulating their cat on becoming a grandmother. Peruse the shelves for present-preparers such as gift wrap ($2.50+) and ribbon ($0.25–$6 per yard), or stock up on stationery ($0.50 per sheet) to give a friend the gift of a handwritten ode to margarine. A selection of home décor—including seasonally oriented items—enlivens drab domiciles, just as a photo album ($25) enhances bland memories and a stock of stickers ($0.25–$6) spruces up depressing toaster ovens.
Nationally certified acupuncturist Tal Cohen understands that many people grow wary around needles. That's why he specializes in a gentle acupuncture technique, one that calls for fewer needles than traditional acupuncture, but still aims to swiftly counteract bothersome symptoms. Tal's sessions can target conditions ranging from headaches and back pain to anxiety and fatigue, all by placing the sterile, hair-thin needles along the body's energy pathways.
The Acupuncture & Diagnostics Center is home to other alternative therapies as well. Tui-na sessions, for example, help alleviate muscle and joint pain with Chinese massage methods. Additionally, the clinic's nutritional program prescribes Chinese herbs and healthy meal plans.