Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients’ tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 250 locations across 21 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to sunbeds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the sunless, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin’s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios’s chariot within 46 seconds.
Med-Aesthetics of Maine hermetically seals facial beauty with treatments such as the 60-minute SkinMedica facial that employs a suite of polishing and moisturizing serums. A series of three 30-minute peels can restore youthful looks, adjusting the chemical strength according to epidermal needs and subtle subdermal hints. The Limelight photofacial treatment beams pulsed light into the skin to be absorbed by pigmented spots. As the spots heat up, they diminish in size and visibility, like hot-air balloons crossing into outer space. Treatment typically entails two sessions and includes a mini eye mask.
Massage Envy offers the regenerative properties of various types of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 10 minutes are set aside for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry ($29–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($55–$70), highlights ($75–$90), or a perm ($55–$70). Prices vary by location.
Sloppy moptops transform into fetching coiffures under the skilled shears of Ocean Waves Salon’s follicular makeover artists. Clients of either gender first surrender soiled tresses to a sudsy shampoo that swiftly jettisons deep-set grime and thoughts about pterodactyls. A trained stylist deploys a panoply of snips to evict freeloading curls before elegantly arranging the remaining locks into a chic, dependable ‘do. Alternatively, partial highlights add hue to manes to direct attention towards the most important strands and away from the hairs that are actually cobwebs. Radiant pendant lamps preside over clients relaxing in a spacious salon bedecked with ultramodern equipment and cozy homespun flair.
High in the historic State Theatre Building, Joshua Hughes sits in his massage studio, awaiting his next client. Brisk Atlantic winds glide through the suite's windows, as if the ocean itself were offering a gentle massage. "One of the things I like about my suite,? Hughes says. "It's high up. A great breeze always comes into the room. It?s? a lovely environment to relax."
A massage therapist in the eighth year of his career, Joshua reflects on how he got here. "I wanted to help people," he explains, "and I was always good with my hands. Massage was right down that alley." He began working even before graduation, massaging as a freelancer at spas and salons. "I didn't feel quite fulfilled. I wanted to start my own practice.?
Joshua's approach to massage is holistic as he employs reflexology, deep-tissue work, and even hot riverbed stones to tailor treatments to the individual needs of his clients. Focusing on the individual is part of what is most satisfying to Joshua about his work. "I've had clients tell me that they're just so appreciative and grateful for my attention to detail?that I cater to them as people. The money's a bonus, but just having someone tell me they feel better is the most rewarding."