The friendly stylists at Transformations Salon and Spa take special care to make sure each client leaves the salon feeling great. Haircuts and color treatments transform drab locks into beautiful new 'dos, and facials and eyebrow waxes make skin glow brighter and brows chicly parabolic. With a full array of services and fun events such as after-hours girls' nights out, the salon emphasizes beauty and happiness within and without.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. These friendly automatons facilitate advanced spa services, such as a steam massage (a $30 value), hydro massage (a $30 value), UV tan (a $12.50/session value), and Mystic spray tan (a $20+ value), providing opportunities for sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinthesis. Each machine is designed for its own specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Planet Beach also whitens smiles with a 15-minute grin overhaul in the form of the advanced whitening system (a $69 value). During each session, an LED light bleaches teeth four to six shades whiter, helping reduce visible discoloration due to tobacco, coffee, and crayon-tipped toothbrushes.
Just as restaurants reserve lifetime booths for their most loyal customers, manicurist Michele Stratton stocks personalized nail kits for her regulars. Within each kit, she stores a buffer and file. Of course, Michele's emphasis on hygiene dictates that all visitors receive fresh tools for their appointments, regardless of how long they've known her. The cases merely highlight her loyalty to long-term patrons.
Michele channels 16 years of nail-pruning experience to administer her services. From standard mani-pedis to hand-filed acrylics and chip-resistant Shellac applications, Michele spruces up nails with a sophisticated flair. She also creates shimmery nail art with rhinestones, stickers, and glitter.
Technician Anita Ray believes the best route to relaxation involves natural products and techniques. She infuses elements of the outdoors into her services, heating basalt rocks for hot-stone massages, using naturally derived acids for peels, and tickling squids for cosmetic tattoo ink. To help clients to achieve desired results, Anita begins appointments with a consultation and analysis, which yields recommendations for the proper procedure and at-home care.
Gleaning her baking skills from her mother and grandmother, Gigi's Cupcakes' eponymous owner opened her first cupcake hub in 2008, drawing upon her entrepreneurial spirit and gift for crafting beautifully topped cupcakes. The franchised cupcakery now has 50 locations, each of which churns out 12 daily-rotating flavors that are made fresh every morning. The shop's selection of more than 40 flavors includes Canadian Maple, Southern Comfort, and Champagne—a bubbly-flavored base topped with an edible pearl. Patrons can pick out sweet treats from the daily selection or preorder them at least one day in advance online, by phone, or via singing telegram.