Housed in a charming Heritage building in downtown Whitby, Elysian Fields Day Spa lives up to its mythological name with a list of skin-centric services that promise rest and respite from life’s daily battles. The arch of the spa’s vintage doorway leads to an interior that blends soothing natural accents into its chic decor. Curls of steam rise from fine china cups filled with aromatic loose-leaf teas, serving as an olfactory prelude to the tactile bliss of a facial, massage, or body scrub. Chandeliers cast their soft glow across the walls of private treatment rooms, where aestheticians put to use knowledge gleaned from ongoing beauty seminars, training in SkinCeuticals products, and lectures from sentient Botticelli paintings. After a pampering mani-pedi or a swift waxing session, linger in the outdoor garden, dine with friends in a room adjoining the spa, or make plans to return on the following Tuesday for Pedicure & Martini Night.
To get an idea of what Papillon Salon & Spa does, it helps to see what it looks like. Inside, there are three private spa rooms, a colour room, a styling space, and a boutique, each space a welcoming room allotted for its respective treatment. Stylists helm the salon section and add on a complimentary blow-dry to all their treatments, from haircuts to colouring. That goes for specialty treatments as well; there's a healing touch therapy head massage and styling, a calming treatment that panders to both the hair and the nerves. The spa side features mani-pedis for the nails, facials and full-body exfoliations for the skin, and hot-stone massages for the muscles. And then there's the boutique, which purveys hair and skin products, jewelry, and accessories to help accentuate the finer points of a new look or a boost a coat hanger's appeal.
Amid a casual southwest decor that culminates at a roaring fireplace, The Gate House Salon & Spa's team of exceptionally trained stylists and aestheticians performs luxuriating hair, skin, and nail services. To create a stress-free oasis for their customers, the staff warmly greets each client with a complimentary glass of wine, tea, coffee, or juice before humming famed Kenny G tunes and ushering visitors to private treatment rooms or tawny salon stations. As lush vegetation tickles the windows, staff members execute detoxifying ion cleanses and aromatherapy massages to promote overall wellness. Meanwhile, skilled stylists enhance manes with Redken products, and expert skincare professionals soothe human shells with moisturizing Repechage products during spa services such as pedicures and stone-therapy treatments.
Sometimes when you leave childhood dreams behind, they still catch up with you. Such was the case with Dan Welsh, who, after a decade in the military that included a tour of Bosnia, found himself returning to the artwork that he had loved as a kid. Rediscovering his passion led him to found Motor City Tattoo Studio—named for his grandfather's Oshawa cab company—where he and three other skilled tattoo artists now bedeck their patrons with custom ink. Amid bright lime-green walls, the team also caters to clients seeking piercings, permanent makeup, and laser tattoo removal. Periodically, the group hosts custom art shows at their studio that aim to inspire guests to get tattoos of especially fetching art frames.
Studio K Salon & Spa's owner Krystel Bennett can read hair like a book—one where all the protagonists look fantastic at dinner parties. After analyzing each client's hair type, she explains to them how it will respond to different color treatments or styles. While styling, Bennett draws on training in coloring at Schwartzkopf Academy and cutting classes at Toni & Guy. Her talent has attracted others, and resulted in Studio K's expert team of stylists and aestheticians. In addition to hairstyles for men, women, and kids, the beauty experts administer custom facial treatments and mani-pedis with long-lasting Shellac. They also wax away hair from head to toe, using sugaring techniques on more sensitive areas.
The skilled tress technicians at Chatters Salon infuse newfound vitality into insipid locks with an array of salon treatments, including a single-process salon colouring using Redken colour. A cup of precolouring coffee or tea keeps pigment-awaiting patrons hydrated in the waiting area as head gardens excitedly prepare to live out their chameleonic dreams. To begin the treatment, a talented shade switcher modifies the colour composition of hair with artful ease. Once hair has been cloaked in rich colour, a shampoo and conditioning treatment expunges lingering tint from strands while an accompanying scalp massage twists stressed-out thought bubbles into pleasing balloon animals. For a coif-pampering finale, a blow-dry whisks away residual moisture, leaving newly toned strands shiny and swinging. As an added bonus, salon-goers receive a full-size salon product with their colouring service.