The instructors at Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio supply the canvases, paints, and brushes, requiring visitors to bring only their creativity. At studios located around Georgia and Florida, they lead all-level painting classes that last up to 1.5 to 3 hours and focus on subjects ranging from the natural, such as birds and flowers, to still-life guitars, vases, and wine bottles. In some themed sessions, instructors also teach groups to paint abstract pieces or create their own variations on famous landscape paintings that, unlike the originals, can include dinosaurs. Some sessions follow a special date-night structure, whereas others occur off site at a winery retreat. At every location, the staff members encourage visitors to bring their own wine, beer, and snacks if desired.
As the strains of classical music flutter through a soft-green spa space, customers lounge in throne-like pedicure chairs and sip complimentary champagne and other drinks. An Asian--inspired philosophy of understated elegance and meticulous service suffuses Lady Sun, which, though primarily devoted to nailcare, also treats patrons to facials, massages, and waxing. Strict sanitation standards result in hospital-grade sterilizing equipment and bacteria-hostile hand and foot baths, preventing finger puppets from catching cold.
Natural Epiphany Salon focuses on one thing and one thing only—nails. Rather than distract themselves with a never-ending menu of hair, waxing, or piano-tuning services, owner Felicia Andrews and her staff focus all their beautifying know-how to make hands and feet as healthy as they can be. Sanitary pedicure bowls replace the jet tubs favored at many salons, which can harbor unseen bacteria or really tiny sharks. For healthy hands on the go, Natural Epiphany's express manicure shapes up thumbs in just 20 minutes. Those who have more time to spare can indulge in the salon's mani-pedi of the month, a rotating treatment that can include anything from rose petals and sea-salt scrubs to soothing herbal wraps.
Marbled floors and a tiled reception desk reflect the glimmer of retro patterned lamps as essential oils perfume the Sweet Serenity Beauty Bar's lobby. Veteran beauty worker Nicole oversees technicians who dab nails with gel and standard OPI polishes, offering the guarantee of a free touch-up if regular polish chips within three days or gel polish chips within seven.
The salon's technicians also beautify skin with organic green-tea products, whisk away hair with hypoallergenic French hard wax, and exfoliate orange rinds from faces with fruit-enzyme peels.
At E'Lure Salon and Spa, clients can find whatever they need to have a peaceful beauty experience. Sore muscles? They can head to private massage rooms for an aromatherapy massage, a hot-stone treatment, or another form of manual therapy. Damaged hair? An expert team of stylists can transform tresses with trendy cuts and nourishing treatments. Hungry? An adjoining bistro serves up food, should clients start to feel peckish or wonder where sandwiches come from. The stylists, aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists lavish attention on clients with even more services, such as pedicures and facials, all within E'Lure's bright salon and spa space.
Four Seasons Nail Spa's staffers have more than 30 years of experience. And they take their motto, “Indulge Yourself”, seriously. To that end, they render six different kinds of pedicures. During an herbal spa pedicure, for one, a certified nail technician preps feet in a salt soak before removing dead skin cells with a natural sugar scrub. The technician also massages candle wax oil into skin and follows that up with a hot-rock massage and hot-towel wrap. During other pedicures, a nail technician scrubs feet with milk and honey or treats cracked heals with crushed allspice berry.
The staff can also perform luxe treatments on hands during manicures that may soften skin with heated mittens or fruit from the African baobab tree. Pampering doesn’t stop there. The nail salon also presents facials, threading, and waxing services.