Minimalist lamps dangle from Intuition Salon and Spa's high ceiling, illuminating the four stylists beneath as they chop coifs into creative styles, paint on highlights, or pile tresses into glamorous updos. The salon owner, Merri Lollis, has navigated the intricacies of the hair industry for more than two decades, a long-term dedication that shows in her handiwork and her calendar, on which every month is named Hairtember. To complement their hair offerings, the team at her full-service salon also nourishes skin with facials, brightens nails with manicures, and waxes away facial stubble.
Debbie Marlowe knows how to keep her clients' bodies running smoothly. 20 years of experience as a massage therapist and certifications in yoga instruction are evidence of an in-depth knowledge of musculature and bodily structure. When clients need their muscles soothed, Debbie uses her years of bodywork experience to administer specialty deep-tissue, Lomi-Lomi, Neuromuscular, Thai-yoga, and stress-therapy massages. As a certified trainer, she helps clients reach health and wellness goals with personal training and Crossfit Level 1 instruction.
Hardwood floors and pastel-yellow walls highlight Salon Pearl's charming beautification space, inside of which a team of stylists and colorists work closely with clients to design well-suited hairdos. In addition to basic cuts, Salon Pearl spiffs up hair with treatments such as Brazilian blowouts, perms, and special-occasion up-dos. Patrons can pop over to a color-experts chair, where all-over color, touchups, and special multidimensional highlights make strands pop like a punching bag filled with soda cans.
If the news anchors in Palm Springs, California look terrific, they may have Aveda-trained master stylist Nicholas Ashmore to thank. Before acquiring his own chair at Salon loft, Nicholas honed his advanced cutting and coloring techniques on the heads of these local celebrities. Today, he administers the same hair services to Whitehall residents while clearing away unwanted hair with waxing services.
Nicci Tomko isn't just a hairstylist—she's a licensed cosmetologist with experience in fashion shows and photo shoots. She also spent three years doing hair and makeup for the Tampa Bay Rays cheerleaders. But before her work was ever in the lime light, she trained at Paul Mitchell and the Aveda Institute. Now as the owner of her own salon, Nicci primps clients with haircuts, color, makeup applications, and a number of other services. She and her staff also offer products from high-end cosmetic brands, including Paul Mitchell, Kenra, Pravana. Nicci even leads makeup and hairstyling lessons so her clients can recreate their salon-made looks at home—a difficult task ever since mirrors were outlawed.
As a young girl in England, Deborah Molise could often be found sprawled out on a blanket, munching finger foods at a picnic. Years later, her fond childhood memories have helped inspire foodie tours and customized birthday picnics for adults and children at Eat.Sip.Indulge.
Other food tours include an art and brunch tour that pairs mimosas and brunch with visits to galleries featuring local artists and the Gulfport & Beach Foodie Tour, which combines authentic Southern restaurants, home-brewed beer, and delicious Italian desserts.