Inside US Nails’ spacious salon, expert nail technicians refurbish hands and feet while relaxing clients. While their nails become shaped and sculpted, clients can step knee-deep in spa pedicures that apply green tea, milk, herbs, or peppermint to tired tendons and dry skin.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Each person has unique bedding needs, and that’s why Princeton Mattress’s owners Janeen and Jim carry a range of mattresses to accommodate sleepers of all types. Joined by a staff of sleep consultants—who boast 33 years’ combined experience in the industry—they help each customer choose the perfect spot to rest their head. Inside a pastel-walled showroom, customers test out eco-friendly mattresses from Paramount, pressure-relieving 100% pure organic natural latex mattresses from Organicpedic, memory-foam mattresses from Tempur-Pedic and iComfort, and classic mattresses from Simmons Beautyrest and Serta Perfect Sleeper, for which Princeton Mattress is an authorized dealer. Princeton also sells handcrafted kids’ furniture by New Hampshire–based company Oak Designs. For purchases of $599 and up, staffers will deliver new bedding and remove old bedding, allowing customers to gaslight their roommates with a secret furniture swap.
Signature Service: Clinical and effective massage therapy
Brands Used: Biotone Hypoallergenic Massage Gel and Biotone Polar Lotion
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: My clients often say they have never experienced a massage that was so focused and attentive.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
My full-body massages always include targeted foot and hand work as well as concentrated time to remedy exactly what my clients point out as centers of pain and discomfort. I never perform a routine on autopilot to get paid and get the client out without a minute to spare.
Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?
Because "the rose's rarest essence lives in the thorns." Rumi said that ... sounds good to me.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Lack of self-confidence. When individuals read, meditate, and spend time in silence getting to know themselves, they are far more comfortable in their own skin?and no beauty technique can be more enhancing.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Massage therapy is a proactive choice that individuals of all backgrounds and income levels can enjoy as a commitment of wellness. Too often do we get burdened by debilitating physical pains and stressors. If we all took the time to get regular massages and invest in our own physical and mental state of well-being, it would prolong a healthier, happier life.
Housed in a cozy, restored home, Copper River Salon & Spa came to be a member of the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas through a series of carefully planned and executed steps by ecoconscious owner and stylist, Barbara Weigand. Melding her long-time interests in both earth-conscious recycling and hair artistry, she opened Copper River in 2011 after working closely with architects who specialize in environmentally friendly designs. Inside the two-story green salon, stylists perform a variety of hair-centric services under energy-efficient lights, and the spa is home to relaxing facials and massages, surrounded by repurposed materials whenever possible.
At Salon Pure, which has been repeatedly named Best Hair Salon by readers of New Jersey Monthly Magazine, the skilled duo of Amy Kaczowski and Heather Rizzo presides over a team of deft stylists. They distill their salon?s philosophy into the three Ps: pure, passion, and perfection. These guidelines inform their crew, who snip men's, women's, and children's locks into classic or modern 'dos and add vibrancy and depth with color and highlights. The salon also staffs nail technicians to gussy up digits with chip-resistant shellac polish, as well as aestheticians to banish fuzz from underarms before days lounging on the beach or evenings high-fiving the president.