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.
Salon Artis restores dishabille domes to their crowning glory via expert haircuts, revitalizing treatments, and myriad other services meted out from the upscale confines of their soaring, dramatically lit storefront. Prevent neglected tangles from renting themselves out to displaced robins with a chic cut from an artistic or pro stylist ($40). Then, relax as cuticle cultivators condition and revitalize hair, coating frayed follicles in a warm, nourishing vitamin blanket ($20). The result is a trimmed and nurtured look that causes debutantes to stare and topiaries to wilt in envy.
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 team at Me Spa revivifies clients with an array of beauty treatments. After ushering patrons into cushy pedicure chairs, estheticians dole out luxurious extras such as paraffin wax before applying bright coats of China Glaze polish. Inside private rooms, estheticians customize facials with skin-specific Heliabrine products and render smoother skin with electrolysis or waxing treatments.