A plush sectional couch, flat-screen TV, and fish tank give Soleil Tanning Salon’s reception area the comforting touches of a family room. The same welcoming attention is offered by the attentive staff members, who give each client a piggyback ride to their private treatment room and offer helpful instructions on using the tanning beds and standup booth. A slate of tanning products, including Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, are available for clients’ bronzing experiences.
In 1963, Dick Ruffolo opened Ruffolo's Hair Studio & Tanning Salon with the help of his brother Gabe, who he hired as an employee. Within the Redken Elite Salon, the current staff of beauty pros snip hair, add color, and create texture as they shape locks and arm-wrestle ponytails into submission. Turning their attention to the rest of the body, aestheticians can administer spa services that range from facials to mani-pedis to makeup application.
Tropical Tan Kenosha's spray tan and UV booths imbue bodies with a sun-kissed glow year-round. Patrons step inside the Mystic spray-tanning booth for a head-to-toe, nontoxic spritzing that lasts 10–15 minutes, creating a gilded frame as flawless as a narcissistic diamond. Alternately, patrons can slip inside a Level 5 UV bed to maintain a golden hue without needing to sunbathe in a snowdrift during cold winter months.
Spanning more than 150 locations and six states, L.A. Tan's beautifying services polish pallid epidermises into shining, bronzed statues and brighten smiles with whitening treatments. A Level 1, 2, or 3 booth tan glows warmly with UVB rays, stimulating the body's production of vitamin D and burnishing epidermises to a brilliant sheen. UV-free spray tans, such as Mystic Tan or Versa Spa sessions, quickly glaze outer skin shells into glistening hues without exposing hides to the sun's harmful rays or pitiful knock-knock jokes.
Cabana Tan Spa, located just five minutes north of the Illinois border and open seven days a week, gives clients lots of both UV and UV-free tanning options. The spacious salon boasts 20 tanning beds with five different levels from which to choose. Depending on factors such as skin tone and desired glow, sessions might wind up in either stand-up or lie-down beds. Those who prefer a UV-free tan can opt for custom airbrushing with organic bronzing solutions.
To cap off their pampering session, visitors can brighten teeth 2?10 shades in just 30 minutes with LED teeth-whitening treatments, relax while massage therapists untie knotted muscles, or firm up tummies with herbal body wraps. They can also head to Cabana's onsite boutique, which offers vacation wear year-round, making it the perfect place to grab a bikini when you want your front-yard snowman to have a beachy look.
Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.