Part salon, part spa, and part photography studio, Gossip in the City is manned by three teams of specialists adept in their fields. Salon-goers choose from hair- and nailcare menus or sit back as their skin is dusted with makeup and spray tan dispatched by a precise airbrush. Spa services include facials and peels, and for whole-body pampering, guests opt for hot-stone massages and all-over salt scrubs. The studio’s skilled photographers capture newly glamorous looks during photo shoots, sending clients home with 8"x10", 5"x7", and wallet-sized portraits.
Celeste Duckworth received her cosmetology license in 1968 and followed that up with 47 years of salon experience, including owning and operating three salons of her own. The culmination of her extensive career blossoms inside Amore Salon and Spa, where she designs and styles hair with an artistic temperament and well-honed technique. Celeste specializes in formal design and has a skilled eye for beautifying bridal parties in preparation for their big day.
Owner and stylist Courtney Hunt enjoys the sound of her clients’ voices. That’s because she likes to involve her clients in their transformations by offering a consultation with each visit and welcoming feedback during services. Visitors can opt for a wet or dry haircut and repair damaged strands with an Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Treatment. Courtney can treat frizzy hair with keratin-smoothing treatments or whisk away unwanted strands with facial waxing, which leaves skin as smooth as Tom Cruise’s glass eye. For home haircare, she provides information and sometimes discounts on products, such as Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi Wild Ginger Luxury.
Jamie Fleetwood liked working as an esthetician at Art Salon & Spa so much that she bought the beautifying business in 2010. Along with her staff of fellow estheticians, stylists, makeup artists, and massage therapists, Fleetwood pampers her clients inside the newly renovated, sun-drenched space. Her aesthetic touch might only be matched by that space’s decor: it’s accented with sleek hardwood floors, verdant plants, and earth tones as warm as a made-for-TV movie about dogs that adopt other dogs. Among these scenic fixtures, the team renders a slate of services in the form of facials, Shellac manicures, therapeutic massages, and highlights.
The Cutting Edge Salon, owned and operated by a certified Redken Master Specialist, transforms tussled tresses into stylish 'dos. The savvy stylists pamper manes with services that range from cuts and styles to perms and colors. Chop off an obstinate cowlick or say adieu to split ends with a haircut and style ($18+ for children, $21+ for men, $33+ for women), or apply a dazzling look to locks with a coloring service ($63+ for full foils, $43+ for retouch). Like a naked-baby picture, hair is not always welcome everywhere. Remove unwanted hair with a lip waxing ($8) of full-face waxing ($24). The congenial coiffure crafters work with Pureology products, which are created from sulfate-free formulas, sunscreens, and antioxidants, as well as the time-tested Redken line.
Armed with high-quality polishes and a passion for keratin restoration, owner Kevin Lane and his team of nail masters prepare glove and stocking stuffers to emerge for springtime. During the level-one manicure (up to a $27 value) and level-one pedicure (up to a $51 value), five-pronged pals soak and soften before their tips are trimmed and buffed until shinier than a shellacked pear.