Isabel Sevilla started as a stylist. Behind her chair at Belleza Hair Salon, she began creating chic coiffures for her clients in 1983. Fast forward to the present and Isabel—now the owner of Belleza—is still ensuring each visitor leaves feeling their best. Her team of skilled stylists and waxing specialists work diligently to create beautiful cuts and well-groomed physiques, transforming hair with eye-catching texture and emphasizing blinked Morse code with lash tinting services. Together, the staff attentively tends to guests who range in age from 6 months old to beloved client May, a stylish centenarian.
In its staff’s own words, The Sweet Spot Skincare is a “humble neighborhood spa.” Clients will have a difficult time being so humble when they catch a glimpse of their smooth skin after an all-natural facial or sugaring hair-removal treatment. Facials target skin conditions such as acne and wrinkles, and all of them include dermatological face mapping and light extractions. Sugaring treatments, on the other hand, pull unwanted hair from the root with an all-natural sugar paste or sticky caramel fudge.
Spa LaLe is anything but ordinary. The brainchild of Stella Chung, a licensed aesthetician and massage therapist, the spa wraps clients in the luxury of La Rivage Hotel, earning Best Day Spa honors from CityVoter for two years in a row.
Blanketed in romantic lighting and an earthy color scheme, the spa’s decor makes it hard for clients to feel anything but relaxed during their retreat. But, in case clients do have trouble unwinding, Stella and her handpicked staff offer a range of indulgent spa services, such as a 24-karat gold facial that covers skin in revivifying pure gold leaf. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages relax muscles, and signature body treatments incorporate heated mud wraps and acupressure therapy. Patrons also gain access to luxurious amenities including a private sauna, a serene meditation room, and a saltwater jacuzzi similar to the one where Donald Trump keeps his pampered pet sharks.
Since arriving on Riverside Boulevard 14 years ago, Images Salon and Spa has become a trusted destination for the area's beauty needs. The staff of certified skin therapists and hairstylists commitment to a lifetime of healthy skin and aesthetic excellence begins before clients even make it to a treatment room. The lobby, done up in elegantly warm creams and browns, dazzles the eye with pillars, mysterious-looking heavy drapery, and a shoulder-high vase waterfall. Once inside, guests relish in treatments such as microdermabrasion; deep-tissue, hot-stone, and Swedish massages; and facial treatments using elite products such as Éminence and Dermalogica. The stylists alter manes with haircuts and color services, and the skin therapists get to work removing unwanted tufts with comprehensive waxing services, leaving bodies smooth.
MidTown Deli serves up slices of local pride—swirled rye, sliced sourdough, and sweet french rolls bookend sandwiches named after streets and popular sights in Sacramento. The wraps are named for bodies of water and the salads are named for zip codes––95814, 95815, 95819—and served with a side of stamps. After catching the game on one of MidTown Deli's 55-inch high-definition flat-screen TVs, diners can retreat to the outdoor patio with a hot panini and a cold beer or stay in and surf the deli's free WiFi.
Boasting more than 20 years of beautifying experience, licensed aesthetician Julie Rush oversees Elite Esthetics and Massage's menu of skin-polishing services. During the 60-minute deep-cleansing facial, pores get introduced to a purifying wash and exfoliator designed to extract impurities and last year's Halloween makeup. A relaxing face, neck, and upper-back massage then instills a sense of calm and comfort before a toner and moisturizer application concludes the treatment, leaving complexions brighter than a neurosurgeon dressed in neon. The European aromatherapy facial takes 90 minutes to deliver the same treatment as the cleansing facial plus an aromatherapy face and neck massage. Extra time is also spent catering to individual skin needs and soothing hands with a toning treatment.