Bob Shop Salon's experienced staff of professional pamperers has bolstered fading exteriors with a variety of time-tested and contemporary techniques for 85 years. Sore-shouldered patrons have a choice of five 60-minute massage styles—swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue sports, reflexology, or pregnancy—to soothe away inner-city stressors and leave physiques free of tension and sudoku-induced anxiety.
Despite her success as a salon owner and television makeup artist, Jennifer Stoloff left her native South Africa in 1982 for the States. Fortunately, the aesthetician’s talents weren’t just revered on the opposite side of the globe; she picked up right where she left off with the creation of her own skincare line and Jennifer’s Spa, located inside the Bob Shop Salon. Today, Jennifer offers clients a multitude of facials packed with soothing ingredients, such as goji berry, pomegranate, and red, green, and white teas. She has even devised a few specialty treatments, including a postsurgery service that soothes swelling and redness. Beyond pampering complexions, Jennifer also waxes limbs and bikini lines and sells her full line of original products, including scrubs, healing masks, and acne medications.
More than anything, licensed massage therapist Alissa Kipp wants to foster a safe and nurturing space for the mind and body so clients can engage in deep relaxation. That's an easy feat given her level of expertise. She has an expansive knowledge of anatomy and nutrition, and specializes in trauma recovery for the head, neck, and shoulders. Her techniques range from flowing Swedish strokes to firmer deep-tissue pressure.
From the street, Spa Sassé is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.
Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.
Craig Ronshausen, the man behind Reflexology Reiki Rejuvenate, has been working in the world of energy healing for more than 25 years. Mr. Ronshausen employs 12 basic hand positions on the body's chakra system. His treatments, which also include guided imagery, can use the body's natural healing processes to address a wide range of conditions, including migraines, depression, fatigue, back pain, and sore feet.