Spa on The River's menu of Old World Italian–themed services are inspired by owner Judith Santimaw's world travels, which have included stops in Rome, Milan, Tokyo, and Singapore. Her cross-country and international journeys uncover the latest spa treatments and techniques, ranging from raindrop therapy with essential oils to Roman-style "Sistine Chapel" paraffin treatments that leave hands soft and free from paint chips. Santimaw shares her discoveries not only with her team of aestheticians, stylists, and massage therapists, but also with students at the Phillips Hairstyling Institute, where she earned professional degrees in nail specialty and cosmetology.
Guests can relax into salon stations or pedicure thrones flanked by Romanesque statues as the soothing sound of water comes from a lion-faced fountain inside and the Seneca River outside. Behind them, a full-wall mural depicts a lush garden scene complete with a grandiose fountain. Clients dry newly painted nails by the fireplace or head to the dock behind the spa to give any lingering stress a Viking funeral.
Piloted by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Potenza, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery provides a variety of beauty-enhancing services in a medically sound environment. Licensed medical aesthetician Shannon Martin zaps the wayward blood vessels known as spider veins with her Venus-imported Cutera laser, using light-generated heat to kill off offending veins by coagulating the blood within them. Deceased vessels are subsequently reabsorbed into the body, fading away like Mozart’s one-hit-wonder career over a period of four to six weeks. The cosmetic treatment is safe on all skin types, returning epidermises to their porcelain-scented factory settings.
Under the watchful eye of owner Jennifer, the stylists at Innovations Salon & Day Spa trim, texture, and tint hair with ease. Their teen services cater to guests aged 12 to 17 by providing acne remedies and cutting hair into the shape of prom tiaras. Makeup artist Carrieann coats skin in 100% mineral makeup, while massage therapists knead muscles with treatments such as hot-stone, paraffin-drench, and sinus-relief massages. After each appointment, visitors can stock up vegan, gluten-free, and sulfate-free certified organic products from Surface.
Though Miracles' quirky and diversely talented staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians aims to lift patrons' spirits with beauty transformations, their work did not wholly inspire the salon's name—the beauty sanctuary's original location was inside an old church. Owner Kendalia Edelman has since expanded her business into a larger location, enabling her to add an area for laser treatments that target everything from excess hair to leg veins. She also found space for Little Miracles, a separate salon where kids up to age 9 can get haircuts with supervision from parents and invisible friends moonlighting as style consultants.
In business since 1967 and in possession of an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, the licensed health-care professionals at A&E and SNY Surgery Center tend to clients with laser and aesthetic services. Skilled and always-friendly technicians combat wrinkles with Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin injections, using proprietary blends of wrinkle-diffusers to target spots above and between the eyebrows, blocking the movement of muscles that dig furrows, crow’s-feet, and bang canyons. The staffers also wield lasers to fade or eliminate the appearance of age- and sun spots, unwanted tattoos, fuzzy patches, and spider veins. Their nonsurgical and surgical hair enhancements allow patrons to reclaim former coifs, and body-reshaping services can improve the appearance of silhouettes.
Twenty-three years ago, Mariska van Emmerik started her beauty career in Australia. Each year since, she has added accomplishments to her professional portfolio, honing her skills by giving skincare classes, consulting with clients, and developing her own product line, Privy Beauty. Mariska’s work has been featured in Ocean Drive magazine, on Mona Lisa touchups, and on the faces of clients who come in for her services, which include signature facials, lash extensions, and permanent-makeup applications. With more than 12 years of experience as a permanent makeup artist, Mariska expertly traces eyelids and lip perimeters to give clients a vivid look that stays put when clients exercise or bob for apples.