Lasting Lines started as most great businesses start: with eyebrows. Now 35 years have passed, and Renee Ryan’s permanent-makeup business has blossomed into a successful aesthetic school and clinic. Renee and her highly trained staff can outfit clients with new brows, or use their modern electrolysis equipment to remove hair, skin tags, moles, and spider veins. Clients may also solicit Lasting Lines for sleek eyelash extensions, or retreat to a private room for a soothing deep-tissue massage from registered massage therapist Charles Linville.
Lorean Wilson Dillard, Beauty Mark Boutique's certified aesthetician, doesn't hold regular office hours. Instead, she schedules all of her services by appointment, accommodating clients who have hectic schedules or only own half of a clock. During these convenient sessions, the aesthetician can use microdermabrasion to prompt collagen production, chemical peels to clear men's complexions, or facials to fight both teenage and adult acne. Beauty Mark Boutique's standout service, however, is its back-cial treatment, during which an aesthetician cleanses the back, massages sore muscles, and applies special products to the skin as music, soft candlelight, and aromatic essential oils cultivate a relaxing ambiance.
Silk Skin Laser Center's technicians have as many uses for a laser beam as college students have for a jar of peanut butter. They bend beams of light to unseat body hair and spider veins as well as to fade pigmented lesions and tighten the skin. The self-proclaimed "one-stop beauty shop" also takes in clients for microdermabrasion.
Sharon “Lynn” Anderson honed her sense of salutary intuition over the course of 20 years spent working in the health-care industry. As a licensed massage therapist, she now uses this intuition to promote holistic well-being in her clients, carefully kneading their muscles with gentle, relaxing modalities or using deep pressure to relieve the knots that can cause chronic pain. In the studio, hot towels, antioxidant-rich creams, and mud masks drape the faces of guests, allowing them to relax and momentarily stop being recognized as Waldo.
Led by owner Kimberly Thompson, an entrepreneur, mother, writer, and former model, the clinical staff at Shangri-la Medispa helps busy clients to look and feel their best. A physician tends to both their inner and outer needs by administering cosmetic fillers and overseeing the weight-management program. An experienced medical aesthetician fine-tunes appearances with laser and microcurrent treatments, chemical peels, and waxing. The medispa has also developed its own product line, Shangri-La Skin By Kim. The team also includes a registered nurse who can advise patients on their treatment options or answer any questions, from “how much downtime is required?” to “is the human appendix an extraterrestrial tracking device?”
The crew performs services in whimsically themed treatment rooms filled with shabby-chic tables and dressers. Clients can relax in spaces decorated with such touches as a colorful London sign and lamps that resemble the Eiffel Tower and an antique streetlamp. In the black-and-white facial room, a picture of Marilyn Monroe glamorously oversees skincare treatments.