Ray Francom's barbershops evoke a bygone era with their antique cash registers, vintage barbershop signs, and old-fashioned smooth lather shaves with hot towels and straight razors. Above the checkered floors of his second location, ceiling murals, chandeliers, and high wood beams watch over wisps of falling hair. In both locations, Francom combines classic barbershop trimmings with modern styling acumen, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as well as his three barber brothers.
Francom's hand-selected staff has a wide range of experience and specialties, including beard design and precision cuts for men, women, and children. Each trim ends with a hot-lather neck shave and mechanical shoulder massage from a vintage barbershop machine.
Manicures and pedicures serve as routine maintenance for busy limb endings by trimming nails and pushing cuticles as well as softening and polishing. The mani-pedi treatments eliminate unsightly issues such as nail chipping, ragged cuticles, and callused skin. The manicure includes nail buffing and polish, leaving nails smooth and shiny (an $18 value), and the one-hour Spa Club pedicure soothes the tougher calluses that result from being walked on all day (a $38 value), leaving your feet smoothed, exfoliated, and nail-shiningly refreshed. Today's deal also includes a yearlong membership ($25), which locks in discount rates at all three locations of The Spa Club for the duration of one 67,000-mph trip around a gigantic, flaming plasma orb.
The staff at Urban Retreat Spa & Salon believe that physical beauty begins with a healthy attitude. While cultivating a positive vibe inside a comfortable spa setting, they offer a full range of services that use cutting-edge techniques for skincare, body waxing, and nail treatments. Massages in a number of modalities, including pregnancy, hot-stone, and deep-tissue, relax muscles, and laser treatments—including skin rejuvenation and hair removal—show off the spa's high-tech equipment. In addition to beautifying services, Urban Retreat maintains the Whimsy Clothing Boutique, where stylists match shoppers to eclectic fashions.
Cuticle caretaker Heidi Bishop at Star 21 Salon indulges clients with a 90-minute mani-pedi that relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the fingers and toes. At the pedi station, a warm bath soaks feet, softening skin for a scrub that scours inseams and heels to remove calluses earned during barefoot treadmill contests. Next, Heidi’s deft digits push and clip cuticles before applying a rich moisturizer and a coat of OPI polish. During the manicure, Heidi pampers hands with the same regimen of soaking, shaping, and polishing.
Expansive, sunny windows illuminate the deep-red walls framing Mid City Salon’s elegant space, where trained aestheticians groom keratin-based parts with a range of treatments. Stylists revamp hair with trimming and chemical services that alter color and texture without attempting high-risk crayon implantation. Manicurists, meanwhile, outfit natural and acrylic nails in decorative swipes of polish, creating long-lasting style with CND Shellac applications or trendy designs such as cheetah print and flowers. Aestheticians can also rework façades with a quick brow and lip wax or a flawless makeup application. For offsite pampering, stylists arrive at homes during salon birthday parties to give girls aged 3 and older a chic updo, a smattering of glitter makeup, and polished nails that make them feel like adults without memorizing tax-return terminology.
The soothing, brightly lit beauty spot boasts a professionally passionate staff that treats stressed-out soul sacks to high-quality, customized treatments. Boost your aerodynamics before the office bikini relay with a Brazilian wax, administered quickly and modestly, or bid adieu to mug whiskers with a lip ($12), cheek ($12), or nose ($7) wax. A swift session in underarm deforestation will devastate unwanted ecosystems ($15), and a full leg wax ($50) imbues gams with hairless confidence and smoother steps when scaling elevator shafts.