The spa, whose name means "my beautiful woman" in Italian, is located inside Aesthetic Surgical Arts and overseen by its medical director, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph C. Camarata. Dr. Camarata's licensed estheticians can rejuvenate facial skin with microdermabrasions, chemical peels, and SkinMedica products. After exfoliating and waxing the epidermis, the staff can fine-tune the details of clients' appearances by performing airbrush tanning and brow and lash tinting. To round out the extensive array of services, makeup artists leverage their expertise to apply beautiful pigments, in addition to giving lessons in how to do it on one's own visage.
The atmosphere in which these services are rendered is elegant and welcoming. Glass tabletops, leather furniture, and curved, earth-toned walls create a spacious lobby, where modern chandeliers illuminate calmly colorful abstract paintings.
Redken, Loreal, Bio Ionic, and Brazilian Blowout aren't just names of brands or Donatella Versace's favorite cats. They're also some of the credentials listed on stylist Irina Volkova's resume. Having spent nearly a decade training with these and other products, she continues her education behind the salon chair every day. As a part of her dedication to her clients' styles, she also continues to attend advanced training classes in the latest products and techniques. With her own space inside ?Elite Hair Studios?where she runs Your Style with Irina?she offers her clients services that include highlights, perms, and up dos.
For more than 25 years, Mel Croston has been perfecting her craft of creating beautiful nails. She draws on her experience as a painter to add a splash of artistry to nail designs, similar to what Michelangelo did for David’s french manicure. Croston is certified in acrylic and gel work with training in Axxium soak-off nails by OPI and Shellac by Creative Nail Design, which resists chips for up to 14 days.
Taste of Europe's shelves are filled with edible nostalgia. Owners and friends Gene Basov and Marat Tsitolovsky grew up together in Ukraine, and now stock their Overland Park grocery with traditional candies, smoked sprats, and other comestibles that are bound to make Eastern European transplants feel a bit at home.
?I enjoy dealing with people and taking them back to their childhood ? down memory lane,? Basov told The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. Customers often come into the shop to request specific European foods, and Basov searches until he finds them.
English tea, French truffle salt, and Israeli jams are a few delicacies to be found on the shelves. There's also a deli stocked with European sausages and Kosher meats, and a bakery section filled with traditional cakes and pastries. Though the market caters to customers with European ties, it also welcomes shoppers who simply want to try something new, or who wish to impress friends with souvenirs from imaginary vacations.
Stylist and nail technician Lucy Grothusen works from a cozy corner of Aspen Salon and Spa where she frees nails from scraggly cuticles and daubs them with durable Shellac gel. She can also affix Tammy Taylor acrylics to add length and style. With the Rockstar nail treatment, she brushes nails with Shellac, dots them with glitter, and teaches them to play the solo in "Free Bird." In addition to her signature nail services, Lucy performs cuts and colors on tresses, spritzing heads with Kenra and alcohol-free Pureology products.
Penny the Peacock is positively brimming with confidence. As the logo of Refresh Medical Day Spa, Penny epitomizes Dr. Angela Garner's goal for her clients: that each will leave the cozy confines of her med spa feeling as renewed as a peacock, whose beautiful feathers fall out and regrow over the course of a year.
Dr. Garner, a hospice director and an internist with more than 20 years of medical experience, facilitates the renewal process with traditional spa services, including facials and massage therapy, as well as specialized treatments such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.