Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
A Redken Premier school, The Salon Professional Academy staffs an elite team of certified teachers, each of whom boasts more than 10 years of industry experience and a passion for education. Director of Education Chris Gould garnered 16 years of experience training with well-known brands such as Vidal Sassoon, Jacques Dessange, and Yosh Toya, before opening the academy to share her savvy with top local talent. Up-and-coming hair stylists, cosmetologists, and aestheticians meet for full-time, hands-on classes that dispense wisdom on products, body treatments, and the most effective way to relax tense mannequins. Armed with scissors, enthusiasm, and on-trend taste, advanced students head onto the floor to perform salon services on real clients under the watchful eyes of their teachers.
The original artwork adorning the walls of Deaf Dog Ink isn't a sample of the studio’s stock design options. In fact, Deaf Dog’s licensed tattoo artists, Jason and Mumbles, don’t produce any tattoo flashes—every piece they design is entirely customized for each client. Intricate inkings run the gamut from elaborate family crests to realistically rendered eagles and celebrity portraits. To show their appreciation of selfless service, Jason and Mumbles offer 20% discounts to members of the armed forces, firefighters, police officers, and EMTs.
Licensed aesthetician Elizabeth Prather has been making skin glow since 1992. She brings her skincare expertise to complexions during microdermabrasion and oyxgenation facials, which deep clean pores and leave skin smooth. Along with facial treatments, she beautifies clients with waxing services and eyelash extensions.
Studio Valentine offers hair, nail, skin, and massage services in a charming and inviting space. Hairstylists provide deft cuts, coloring, and updos, and skincare specialists administer nourishing facials. Clients can spruce up with a makeup application or a mani-pedi, and then wind down with a deep-tissue massage to ease muscle soreness and relieve stress. Focused massages are also available for athletes or those with work-related pain. The quaint, cottage-style salon is a warm retreat where all stylists, driven by fashion savvy and a desire to please, give their utmost attention to clients.
Danyel been working in the world of aesthetics since 2003, when she received her license and began working at a medical day spa. It was there by the side of seasoned beauty pros that she expanded her repertoire of skincare techniques and honed her craft. At her practice today, she rejuvenates complexions with facials, chemical peels, and dermaplaning, focusing closely on a range of beauty concerns, including acne, aging, brow sculpting, and milk mustaches.