At Gossip Salon and Day Spa, you'll get more than a haircut, a makeup application, or a massage?you'll get an atmosphere of friendly ease. The staff adopts the original meaning of the word gossip?folks as far back as 1014 used the word to mean a close friend. It was only later that it took on a more pernicious denotation, though it always kept the connotation of comfortable chatter. At the salon, stylists mainly stick to gossiping about new tools, techniques, and products that'll help clients look runway-ready.
Inside the welcoming confines, the stylists, aestheticians, manicurists and massage therapists chat amiably with clients, consulting them on their desired look and lifestyle before trimming their hair into classic and on-trend cuts or shaping their brows into their favorite parallelogram. Gossip Salon and Day Spa offers a full menu of nail services, from spa mani-pedis to gel and pink-and-white sets to French polish. They also practice their approach outside their salon, participating regularly in community outreach and charitable events.
The salon and spa’s range of beauty services for women and men soften skin, alleviate pain, and add a splash of liveliness to tired styles. They help clients maintains healthy strands by removing split ends and vanquishing dirt and oil. The stylists can even add a bit of tasteful eccentricity by applying colorful feather extensions. Their eye treatments and lash extensions rejuvenate fatigued lids and makeup, teeth whitening, and spotlights augment a client’s best features. The team also performs bridal services to prep brides for the big day—wedding days are typically 3 hours longer than the average 24-hour day—and relaxation packages that send stress away.
The man behind these diverse beauty treatments, salon owner Alexander, trained abroad in Paris, Italy, and London, and further cut his teeth under the auspices of the Wella Corporation. Due to his insistence on having well-trained colorists, each such member on Alexander's staff is a certified colorist—meaning they can be official judges of the New York Review of Books' coloring-book submission contests.
Salon Atelier's rose-colored door opens each day because of the efforts of owners Julia Hartman and Cynthia Newsome. Julia's career started 20 years ago when she studied cosmetology at Schilling Douglas School of Hair Design. After her prowess as a stylist, nail technician, and aesthetician landed her work at a salon, she became a brand specialist for Aveda Hair Care and MAC Cosmetics. That's when she started to miss working in a salon—a longing that inspired her to start Salon Atelir with Cynthia Newsome.
Meanwhile, Cynthia's 30 years of experience started at the Annapolis Beauty Academy. She worked in salons and spas, and even opened two of her own. In addition to traveling as an educator and platform artist, she won several awards as a colorist. Together, Julia and Cynthia lead a team of hairstylists, nail artists, and aestheticians. They also use products by Davines—an Italian company dedicated to sustainability and the Renaissance tradition that inspired Michelangelo to paint shampoo bottles on the Sistine Chapel.
Zenscape Spa’s signature treatment is a perfect reflection of their blend of Eastern and Western wellness techniques: the service integrates reflexology, Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and aromatherapy. Of course, practitioners can also focus in on any one of these techniques. Chinese acupressure is modeled after acupuncture, but swaps out needles for finger pressure in order to stimulate pressure points and help boost energy. Focused on the hands and feet, reflexology stimulates key pressure points to address such concerns as indigestion, fatigue, and separation anxiety from socks, and can be paired with an herbal foot sauna. Clients await their treatment in a room awash with warm magentas, bright green plants, and a literal invitation to "relax" scrawled on the main wall.
Dr. Steven J. Saltzman, a board-certified anti-aging and regenerative medicine specialist, oversees operations at SJS Medical Enterprises. Those looking to turn back the clock or stuff the sand back up the hourglass will find an array of rejuvenating services, such as ILipo laser-slimming, an option to purchase supportive fat burning supplements based on organic and raw food products, nutritional counseling, and an on-site exercise facility with personal trainers to provide extra support if needed. Such treatments can help whittle away at fat deposits and help recharge energy levels without the risks of surgery or other invasive procedures.
After more than 25 years spent promoting and practicing wellness, Jandel Benjamin can untie nearly any knot a muscle can get itself into. The nutritionist and massage therapist draws on a wealth of knowledge to relieve pain and improve circulation during Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Benjamin’s talents stretch far beyond these traditional modalities, encompassing specialty techniques such as lymphatic drainage, reflexology, and hot-stone therapy. There’s even a modality tailored specifically to expectant mothers. This pregnancy massage combines strokes and kneads to relieve back pain and tap out lullabies in Morse code.