Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
A full-service salon, Amore Salon and Spa welcomes guests for hairstyling, waxing, nail, and massage services. Upon arrival, they can sink into comfy leather salon chairs and watch through mirror reflections as stylists execute haircuts, highlights, and formal 'dos using products from brands such as Schwarzkopf. Manicures shape nails before vibrant polishes anoint them with flat swatches of color. Other services include soothing massages as well as waxing to rid bodies of unwanted hair on areas such as eyebrows.
Solar Bliss Tan Spa can swathe skin of all shades in darker hues with Norvell Sunless Solution. Talented techs assure an instant, natural-looking bronze by dialing in sexy shades to fit various skin types and blood colors. In fewer than 20 minutes, the body is coated in appealing pigments designed to be fast-drying, nonsticky, and streak-free; meanwhile, the odor-free formula also keeps the sun from sniffing out any acts of infidelity. In addition to endowing the body with a winsome glow, every spray tan transports a concentrated antioxidant blend to the skin's surface to fend off fine lines and wrinkles and duel against the sources of skin damage. With proper maintenance, the new tones should last up to seven days. Though not included in today's Groupon, Solar Bliss Tan Spa has also domesticated a pack of tanning beds.
Certified as a spray-tan master salon by Norvell Skin Solutions, Sun Seekers Tan Spa deploys a squad of savvy technicians to aid patrons in donning sun-kissed skin tones. After outfitting guests in protective eyewear, staff members, like professional penny refurbishers, spritz bodies with a coppery coating that is customized to different skin types. Clients can also repose in a level 1 or 2 KBL America tanning bed for 15-, 12-, or 11-minute sessions.
Sun Seekers stocks a menagerie of tanning lotions from such brands as Devoted Creations and Supre Tan, and employees readily recommend the ideal ointment for customers hoping to spurn tinted exteriors. Clients can contrast newly burnished limbs against the lobby's royal-purple walls before blending into its plush-brown rug or the mantelpieces of bronze medalists.
At The Shop Nails & Tanning, an expert technician polishes up digit shields and soothe overworked appendages with revitalizing mani-pedis and nail treatments. Seasoned nail technicians buff keratin deposits with glamorous shine, and a luxurious hand massage swaddles fingers in a soothing envelope like a hand shake from a massage chair.
Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and Instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.