Santa Barbie helps women locate their "inner Barbie" with a stable of assorted beautification treatments. Emphasizing the feel-good effects of cosmetic concerns, owner and Santa Barbara native Kristen takes several of Santa Barbie's services on the road by offering tanning parties, during which mobile airbrush-tanning equipment allows revelers to jump on the bronzing bandwagon. Kristen also offers refreshing and age-defying facials and a variety of waxing services, keeping clients as youthful and smooth as baby Fonzie.
Though the ocean and hairstyling both promote relaxation, it's incredibly difficult to cut hair while riding on a jet ski. Instead, Studio S Santa Barbara took a more pragmatic approach, offering its diverse array of hair services less than a mile from the rippling Pacific. Guests can solicit an expert stylist such as Stephanie Funsinn for a swift scissor cut or bold highlights, which use brands including Matrix or TiGi. The salon also offers tanning, waxing, and therapeutic massages to ease tension and promote wellness.
At Chateau Belle, in a space designed to conjure the feel of a Parisian flea market, lash luminary Megan Alexandra uses organic products and NovaLash and Shavasana extensions to pamper peepers and dress them with luxurious fringe. Patrons select lashes to suit their own orbs from frill in an array of lengths and thicknesses, which Alexandra carefully applies over 60–90 minutes, and organic, anti-wrinkle gel pads soothe the eye area more than a staring contest with a bubble bath. Floral-mist essences delight with gentle haikus to nostrils and refresh with healing particles as guests acquire flare extensions for coquettish eye-batting or full extensions that enable train-stopping winks. Except for the glue, the salon uses entirely organic products, and lashes last for approximately three weeks, after which fills are recommended.
Unique Tan's Smart Tan–certified staff members use their extensive knowledge to help color seekers pursue an optimal bronze glow at a trio of tanning salons. Guests step into private, standup Mystic spray-tan booths, where an automated system sprays a custom color solution filled with collagen and neutraceuticals across the body, much like a jaunt through a sprinkler but with even, perfect aim. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes. Meanwhile, a fleet of UV beds equipped with gentle high-pressure bulbs, cooling systems, and individual music selections bronzes bodies in short bursts. Additionally, the Twilight Teeth whitening option can brighten smiles during tan sessions with easily affixed mouthpieces.
The subterranean chefs at The Abbey Underground sate hungry stomachs with a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and traditional British and Irish dishes. Unleash inner anglers on the fisherman’s stew ($5.99/bowl), an ichthyological gathering of haddock, clams, and blue mussels hot tubbing with fresh herbs and tomatoes. Culinary spelunkers partaking in the Abbey cottage pie ($9.99) tunnel through a thick layer of cheddar mashed potatoes to find a trove of rib eye, beef gravy, and veggies, and teeth invading mounds of fish ‘n' chips ($12.99/full order) encounter luscious pieces of haddock that are hand-battered before being paired with golden fried taters due to compatible online-dating profiles. Sugar-laced epilogues bring mouths to a close around desserts such as bananas foster ice-cream pie ($5.99), a slab of graham cracker crust, caramel, and toffee adorned with frosty fairy rings of creamy banana ice cream.
Uncle D's Comedy Underground exercises audiences' giggle-tendons by pairing national touring comedians with in-house acts inside a Las Vegas-style banquet room. Owner and operator Don Parkins—a stage hypnotist and former Kenny Rogers bodyguard—and his stable of more than 300 comedians blend always family-friendly impressions, satire, and stock quotes narrated in pig Latin to split unsuspecting sides.
While filling their laugh receptors with onstage antics, groups can wet their whistles with bottled beer and a selection of well drinks from Uncle D’s full bar. The laugh haven also serves savory appetizers such as a fresh focaccia breadbasket with balsamic vinegar or sautéed clams in white-wine sauce. Sizzling snacks and fresh chuckles are dispensed inside an intimate banquet room that seats 125 people, which is the typical size of the average nuclear family. Servers glide from table to table as the lights of downtown Spokane come up just outside the second-story hall's windows.
Shine Blow Dry Bar offers upscale blow-dry services to residents of Santa Barbara and beyond. During treatments, a team of expert stylists wash hair with fragrant and hydrating shampoos as guests sip champagne or nibble gourmet cupcakes. After relaxing scalp massages, the stylists break out the blow-dryers, fluffing and curling hair into red-carpet-ready ‘dos that are perfect for special occasions or memorable nights out. Shine currently operates two locations, both sporting a classic, feminine vibe with cream-colored walls, sparkling chandeliers, and ornate mirrors that reflect each guest's elaborate princess gown.