Casey Ann Rasmussen first dipped her toes into the salon and spa waters in 1996. Since then, she's done it all: managed small main-street salons, started up and worked at large-scale spas, and given all of the presidents on Mount Rushmore facials. Today, she works in her own studio, a luxury that allows her to devote 100% of her attention to her clients and set her own curated service menu. In addition to her five signature facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments, Casey offers sunless spray tanning with St. Tropez equipment.
With the belief that "it doesn't have to hurt to heal," Al and Kate Reust call on their training in natural healing promote well-being through homeopathic medicine, massage therapy, and other holistic treatments. Ionic and homeopathic solutions help rid clients of harmful toxins as facials using Seacret skincare formulas nourish the complexion with dead sea minerals. As a licensed massage practitioner, Kate takes a hands-on approach to health with her extensive repertoire of massage techniques, which she enhances with essential oils, heated stones, and one eye twinkle from Fabio.
Beer Junction is a hybrid pub and beer retailer that boasts more than 35 refrigerators full of brews, as well as hard ciders by the bottle or six-pack, growlers to go, beer steins and various other accessories. Beer geeks who find a favorite bottle in the fridges can drink it onsite for a small corkage fee, and a rotating events calendar features guest brewers or themed tastings representing multiple different breweries. Beyond the bottles, Beer Junction sports several taps of locally made craft beer, as well as a few wines by the glass. If you’re hungry, Beer Junction sells munchies like nuts and popcorn, but focuses its expertise on beverages rather than food. Patrons with bigger appetites are encouraged to order in from the handful of local sandwich and pizza joints that deliver or offer nearby pickup, or bring in their own food.
Licensed massage therapist Aaron Kent is dedicated to helping his clients feel better in their bodies. Offering deep tissue and relaxation massages in his boutique studio, he soothes tight muscles and eases chronic aches and pains in the neck, back, and shoulders?resulting in increased circulation and faster healing time for those in his hands. Clients can come in for the deep, firm pressure of deep tissue massage, or have a gentler, yet effective, relaxation massage, which releases tension from overworked stress balls and superficial muscles and fascia in the body.
Lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, camphor, and lime—massage therapist Michele Mecum and her staff use this quintet of soothing scents during Thai herbal massages, pairing them with rhythmic strokes to send patrons into a deeply relaxed state: Vermont. Relaxation is the driving purpose behind Michele’s massages, which she has honed over 14 years in the field. Soothing Swedish massages employ sweeping, gentle strokes to boost blood flow and flexibility. They also perform deep-tissue massages, which mute chronically achy muscles by breaking up knots in lower-layer musculature.
West Seattle’s Ola salon, located in a former industrial space in the Luna Park neighborhood and facing a steel plant, packs a lot of character onto the cement floors behind its sliding garage windows. From a vintage furniture filled waiting room, beauty seekers can watch while male and female stylists offer cuts, color, blow outs, updos for special occasions and texture adjustments, including keratin treatments and permanents. Waxing, including Brazilian, is offered, as are spa services that range from the restful (customized facials, mud wraps) to the summer-ready (air brush tanning, back facials). Medispa treatments include botox, dermal fillers and peels.