It’s not uncommon to see large, sweaty men pulling trucks across the asphalt of The Training Center Gym’s parking lot. The gym is not only the training facility for many aspiring strongmen, but also the host of occasional competitions. To prepare athletes of every variety for big events, the staff offers powerlifting, bodybuilding, and sports-training services, plus boxing and boot-camp classes. For exercisers who want to go it alone, the facility stocks a plentitude of free weights and fitness machines from Life Fitness, Precor, Cybex, and Hammer Strength.
Blu Salon and Spa’s earth-toned décor strikes a delicate balance of influences, falling somewhere between the chicness of the fashion world and the modest beauty of the natural world. The stress-free haven’s experienced staff manages to achieve this same balance in each of their services, which account for the latest trends as they enhance the natural beauty of hair, nails, and complexions.
Stylists grasp shears and pace around salon chairs, snipping with a degree of care and precision that befits their level of experience—from the recently anointed masters at Level 1 to the wizened style sages of Level 2. Tucked away in the mani-pedi nook, nail technicians pamper hands and feet before embellishing nails with CND Shellac or OPI polish, or three-dimensional artworks. Aestheticians call upon botanical-based products from A Natural Difference during seven types of facials, and cosmetic artists enhance features with Glominerals' distinctive blend of high-pigmented minerals and antioxidants.
Regardless of their specialties, Blu Salon and Spa’s crew of beautifiers stay keen on the latest trends and techniques by participating in monthly education courses. The relaxing environment cultivated during treatments extends to the spa’s contemporary waiting room, where you can sip on complimentary wine or coffee and share haunting stories of undead skin cells beside the fireplace.
Currie Hair Skin & Nails performs its ministrations in ultramodern, elegant spaces as clients settle into plush robes and slippers. Stylists guide patrons into sleek leather chairs to infuse 'dos with face-framing highlights or tame overgrown head ferns with a phalanx of scissors and a blow-dry for good measure. Visages in need of amelioration may opt for the recovery facial, which revitalizes with an arctic-berry-based antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin. During an aromatherapy massage, licensed massage therapists soothe away stress from demanding jobs and dishonest parking meters, and mani-pedi specialists deftly shape and polish nails, repair broken nail beds, and curb thrill-seeking hangnails.
This old-school barbershop sports walls painted with realistic bricks and plaster cracks, plush couches in the waiting area, and quality cuts to keep sprouting scalps and whiskered faces in check. The Shop's owner, Georgie McCusker, offers a beer to every customer coming through his doors and focuses on keeping the atmosphere casual and relaxed. Flat-screen TVs are within eyeball reach of all chairs, allowing clients to contemplate the merits of Bad Boys II while their mops are lopped into proper shape. Open early, The Shop maintains an immaculately clean interior and all the polish of a corporate barbershop while providing the friendly charm of a local elderly fellow leaning against a striped pole while murmuring gently about sassafras.