Behind the well-kempt storefront, a long hallway leads to each of Sun Kissed Tanning & Beauty’s private rooms. Inside, five levels of UV tanning beds power up to surround visitors in a warm, glowing light. The beds come in both horizontal and vertical versions, so clients can relax in a reclined position or hiss at a cable-company phone rep while standing up. Or they can skip the UV rays altogether—during airbrush tans, a certified staffer coats physiques head to toe in a tanning solution that provides an instant bronze.
Staffed by certified members of the American Massage Therapy Association and a duo of certified aestheticians, Serenity Therapeutic Massage & Skin Care keeps bodies limber and faces fresh with a suite of rejuvenating services. Tending to physiques with tools such as soothing hot stones and warm bamboo rods, massage therapists loosen kinks and untie bowline back knots. Aestheticians—exclusively wielding botanical Pevonia products—massage and revivify faces with treatments custom-tailored to each client's skin tone, moon sign, and epidermal concern. Alternatively, a variety of spa packages for parties of two to six people combine massages with other pampering services such as facials, body treatments, and sugar scrubs.
Skincare by Design's aesthetician brings more than a decade of experience to the treatment table where she performs facials, waxes, and makeup services. Vitamin-enhanced facials hydrate and smooth complexions while warm mitts soften hands more effectively than gloves filled with mayo. Whereas waxing sessions remove unwanted body hair, eyelash treatments add faux strands to the eyelid, leaving lash lines defined and darker.
Potted trees and paintings of scenic getaways welcome visitors into Sundeck Tanning Salon, a beach-themed bronzing studio that is owned and operated by a team of female tanning experts. Posters of bikini-clad beauties provide inspiration to bodies waiting to use the salon's spray-tanning booths and beds, with underlying captions that display tips for maximizing their new glow's lifespan, such as moisturizing it regularly and packing it in ice each night. Tanning products available for purchase lend vibrant pops of color to the shop's clean, white shelves, and include offerings from popular brands such as Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold.
Ashworth's Beauty Group bestows beauty-seekers and relaxation revelers with a welcoming environment and high-quality, professional product lines for luxurious services and treatments. Slip shoulders into a tension-relieving massage from a licensed massage technician, who uses skilled fingers and pliable palms to work shoulders, backs, and necks until muscles are finally calm enough to get back to their Monopoly game. Ready fingers for a big night out or a haute night in with an application of acrylic nails by an acrylic-nails specialist. For future oceanfront tourists, participants in wintertime lake dunks, and hot-pants enthusiasts, a Brazilian wax with an experienced, professional technician removes hair so quickly it's almost painless, and a cut and style with designer products, such as Paul Mitchell and Joico, tames tresses and ensures manes will roar with pleasure at their glamorous new get-ups.
At Beaute Box, which channels the "feel of a chic Paris apartment" according to the Dayton Daily News, owner Lisa Scott flaunts skills acquired during nearly two decades of salon artistry. The studio began as a mobile beauty service, but has evolved to fill a space crowded with clocks, statuettes of hands, and candlesticks. Brushes cloaked in long-wear Shellac polish glide across nails, and visitors awaiting custom-designed primping parties lounge on low-slung couches. Giggles drift up to the soaring ceilings as youngsters finish pampering treatments and race through the shop, admiring newly colorful digits or attempting to match polish to an imaginary friend's eyes.
Karen Hawkins, a certified PCA skin representative, incorporates the product line into her facials to gently combat skin problems such as excessive oil or stubborn acne. Working from inside Salon Ventures, she also slathers warm wax over unwanted fuzz on arms, legs, backs, and chests for a smooth finish.