As the old saying goes, “If you want something done well, do it yourself.” That's exactly what TropiTANa owner Alex Friedrichsen did. After 20 years spent tanning at indoor facilities and lamenting the lack of a quality, high-end tanning spa in the Mt. Juliet area, Friedrichsen decided to build one himself, and in 2006, the doors of TropiTANa were officially opened.
Inside, lofty ceilings provide cool ventilation for 15 private rooms, each stocked with fresh towels and trimmed in sea-foam green and wood paneling. Fourteen beds comprise six levels of tanning perfect for establishing or building on a solid base tan, and a VersaSpa booth mists pelts with a carefully calibrated spray that eschews the orange glow typically caused by Velveeta-based formulas. Perhaps most importantly, the tanning spa is staffed by a team of Smart Tan–certified crew members, each of whom has been trained to advise clients on the best tanning choices for their skin type and needs, and to clean each room according to a checklist to ensure sanitary surroundings after each session.
Tan USA bronzes bodies using five levels of UV tanning beds and smooth and even UV-free tanning options. A session in an Ultra, Turbo, or Mega bed darkens skeleton holders in 15 minutes using high-quality RUVA lamps. The tanning vessels provide enough light to achieve immediate results or peruse a history textbook about the Bronze Age. Patrons can sun-smooch their skin while eschewing UV with the spray-tanning technologies of the Mystic tanning booth, which allows for a customized browning in three distinct levels.
Hot Spot Tanning combines state-of-the-art sunless-bronzing technology with friendly, committed service. Marinade your melanin with a month of unlimited tanning in one of Hot Spot's standard bulb-based beds, which boast a bevy of advanced amenities, including built-in timers, optional air conditioning, and inspirational photos of the world's sexiest gingerbread men (a $41.99 value). Or, achieve the perfect sun-un-kissed glow thanks to the ray-less power of two airbrush tans, applied by a trained tantress to deliver a UV-free dose of customized color (each a $27.99 value).
At Tan 2000 and Beyond, which has served approximately 29,000 customers in its 11-year history, Magic Tan booths and tanning beds gild pale pelts. Tanners can step into a private booth in the buff or in Spiderman underpants and wait for more than 35 nozzles to evenly spritz a butterscotch solution in an approximately 1-minute process. The caramel coating can last for up to 7 days, and it combines color, DHA, and moisturizers for a hydrating application. With the second option, warmth-seeking tanners can cozy up inside a UVB bed for one month of unlimited 20-minute sessions that bronze limbs better than an afternoon with a toddler armed with burnt-sienna crayons.
Featuring the statest-of-the-artest equipment and pristine facilities, EuroBronz Tanning Studio has been beautifying skin with a bronzed sheen since the company’s first beds were crafted from lava in 1996. Managed by a friendly and knowledgeable staff, EuroBronz focuses on providing an enjoyable experience for every client and undeath-defying vampire. Spend a month bronzing 15 minutes at a time in the KBL 3500 tanning bed, or opt instead for a Mystic Tan. The Mystic Tan booth applies a convenient sunless tan that can be customized according to body size, skin type, and desired color. This option provides a natural-looking tan in less than 60 seconds that darkens throughout the day and blends in with surrounding foliage. For a light base, choose the original Mystic Tan; if you desire a darker tone, choose the premium option.
In Riviera Tanning Salon’s private, air-conditioned rooms, clients can stretch out in tanning beds as they absorb UV rays from high-pressure filtered lights that render a more effective and even bronzing. While in one of three high-pressure tanning beds, clients can entertain themselves with radio-equipped CD players and relax on European-style soft mattress beds—which are available in both stand-up and lie-down varieties. The tanning beds rapidly tan skin any range of shades from a light dust of color to a deep, island-vacation brown. To achieve a fresh from the beach hue without the UV exposure, clients can opt to let Riviera Tanning Salon’s experienced airbrush technicians gilt them from head to toe in just six minutes, which is faster than King Midas could after shotgunning 12 cups of Gold Coast coffee.