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.
Shine Sunless Tanning Spa anoints bodies with natural-looking copper hues using modern equipment and the friendly assistance of a cadre of savvy, dedicated staff members. Utilizing VersaSpa sunless spray-tanning technology, Shine Sunless Tanning Spa spritzes epidermal terrain to impart even natural-looking tones without relying on UV rays or shiftless bronzer gnomes. Patrons stand in the VersaSpa booth as a gentle mist gilds skin with a tanning solution combined with an anti-aging moisturizing skin treatment. Clients can choose from myriad bronzing options to tailor tans and golden-hued dirndls that complement the natural complexion of their birthday suit.
Beach House Bronze keeps bodies tanned year-round thanks to a fleet of UV-tanning beds and sunless treatments. Like elaborate sandcastles, the UV beds are split into four different levels, from basic Ambition 250 systems to high-end Prestige 1100 beds that boast air conditioning, water misters, and docks for mp3 players. Beach House is also home to the MagicTan VersaSpa spray-tan booth, an amenity-packed machine that darkens skin in less than 60 seconds using a bronzer of the client's choice. Custom coloring also characterizes the in-house airbrushing, which is performed by a seasoned technician.
With a roster of stylists, massage therapists, aestheticians, and members of the ancient and still-thriving brotherhood of barbers, Temptor Salon aims to stake a claim at the cutting edge of style. The modern Paul Mitchell Focus salon houses stylists that dole out modern cuts for men and women, and therapists set guests at ease during massages customized to each tense back. For a more hands-off approach, tanning memberships are available.
Hollywood Tan's 11 locations help Midwesterners stay tan year-round—even under their parkas. They accomplish this using equipment such as standup capsules, tanning beds, and Mystic Tan booths. Off to the side, lotions stand at attention on shelves, ready to help clients maintain their tan and keep their skin moisturized.
At Bronze Tan, airbrush artists mist clients in all-natural, quick-drying tanning solutions. Those solutions are rich in micronutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, leaving skin golden and nourished. Tans can also be had using one of the high-tech UV-tanning beds that bronze hides in 12- or 15-minute sessions.