Sunny Daze Tanning and Salon's lineup of spray-tan technology and UV-tanning equipment—including beds, standup booths, and leg tanners—keeps skin beaming with a summery, straight-off-the-beach appearance. With tanning packages available by the session, month, or year, the facility helps clients maintain bronzed tones no matter the season. To sustain the health of epidermal surfaces, customers can stop spoon-feeding pureed carrots to each pore and instead load up on an arsenal of brand-name lotions, tonics, and bronzers available for purchase. Tanning aside, the salon's aestheticians sap stress during manicures, facials, and a variety of massages, including soft-tissue treatments and magnet therapy.
Before he opened his own practice, massage therapist Jack Dillender made sure he knew exactly what he was doing. Through collaborations with chiropractors and medical doctors and stints at various day spas, he honed techniques that work to unclog systemic blockages, reduce stress, and increase the body’s ability to heal itself. At The Way of Massage, Jack puts these techniques into practice during treatments that he tailors to his clients’ unique maladies, from chronic aches to unoiled tin hinges. His couples massages incorporate hot stones, footbaths, and neck massages to bring twosomes closer together without forcing them to share a single table.
The beauty experts at Answer Day Spa revamp iffy appearances through the careful application of scissors and files. Skilled stylists quell split ends over the course of approximately 35-minute haircuts (a $25 value), using sheers to reshape frenzied follicles, trained eyes to mold them sharply, and occasional ghost stories to add volume sans gel. During 45-minute Shellac manicures (a $35 value), techs file nails to pleasing lengths before clipping cuticles and applying goose-down-free coats of color. The shellac polish is long lasting and resistant to chipping, designed to stay fresh for up to two weeks.
Girl Boutique outfits women and girls with the latest designs from fashion capitals like New York, Los Angeles, Italy, and Paris. The impressive inventory boasts a bevy of brands that will give your closet hangers a much-needed ego boost. Vestments by Michael Stars range from $34 to $148, and upscale swaddlings from Shoshanna sell from $98. Slip your stems into a new pair of jeans constructed by Dish ($72–$92) or Salsa ($109). Fashion expert and style extraordinaire Lori Guy ensures that no rack is left behind, stocking her store with tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories for all ages and occasions.
Operating out of her in-home retreat of relaxation, knead queen and Massage of Columbia founder Jennifer Butterwick busts bodily stress with a wide range of massage modalities. The Swedish massage not only alleviates bodily aches and pains, but can also increase circulation, boost metabolism, and make once-tense muscle neighbors more likely to hold hands, all amid the peacefully lingering scents of aromatherapy oils. Combined with reflexology—the ancient practice of pinpointing specific reflex spots in order to vanquish pain from entire anatomical vicinities—Swedish massage helps skeletons and their tender wrappers leave Jennifer's hands feeling less tense for longer. Be sure to call ahead for a phone introduction and consultation with Jennifer prior to repose-inducing sessions.
Meditation Station incites tranquility with an eclectic stock of yoga gear, incense, and Eastern-influenced home décor. Shoppers can foster flexibility on a 1/4-inch yoga mat ($20), or garnish napes with a locally crafted hemp necklace ($15). Infuse faces with soothing scents with an aromatherapy citrus green tea facial cleanser ($20), or perch upon a Carolina Morning meditation cushion ($35) as respite from particularly stressful games of Candy Land.