The staff at Soho Tan Spa knows there’s no single correct path to getting a glowing tan. To accommodate clients of all skin types and sensibilities, they offer tanning treatments ranging from the classic UV beds to airbrush treatments by trained technicians or the automated jets of a VersaSpa booth. Their three-pronged approach lets clients choose the level of privacy and method best suited to their skin. The VersaSpa spray tanning booths offer three tanning MyMyst shades to accommodate clients who just want a splash of color or those who want to look like they've spent weeks in a close orbit around the sun. Four brands of beds let clients emphasize facial tanning or faster tan times, while spa facials performed in the tanning salon help refresh newly tanned skin.
Originally, Chic Home was a luxury floral shop, specializing in bouquets that never wilted. Nowadays, though, their custom silk flowers are just one of the stylish decorative touches displayed in the 4,000-square-foot shop. The rotating vignette show rooms, for example, capture styles ranging from rustic French countryside to pure Prince whimsy, and their team of design experts makes house calls to help clients capture the same milieus—or totally different ones—at home. For smaller projects, such as repainting a room, the team also hosts DIY classes, and sells paint a la carte, in hues ranging from Fireworks Red to Imperceptible Infrared.
Andres Tobar performed his first haircut at the age of 13. The Los Angeles native spent long summer days and weekends at the salon where his mother, Dulmary Sabater, worked. After training at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, he earned a specialty in color, displayed his dos in shows around the world, became a Platform Artist at the Los Angeles International ICE Show, and sculpted the hair of supermodel Niki Taylor. At L.A. Gallery Hair & Make-Up Studio, Andres joins a team of Los Angeles–trained stylists and makeup artists. To ensure each client has access to the latest fashions and beauty techniques, the styling pros update their know-how from sources such as Bumble and bumble University, Vidal Sassoon Academy, L’Oréal Professionnel, and Motives Cosmetics. The stylists even help to push the industry forward by producing their own photo shoots, fashion shows, and training courses. Amid a rotating display of art crafted by local artisans, clients surrender their hair and faces to stylists. Beautifiers update hues with ombre color shading and INOA ammonia-free color or leave dos with a striking new look after a custom cut. The resident makeup artist, Claudia Tobar, also puts her practiced hands to work, helping clients to highlight their natural beauty until they're as tempting as Cleopatra driving an ice-cream truck.
Prepare 1,000 lunches in less than 20 hours. That was the challenge posed for The Brunchery’s catering staff. The eatery’s experts met the daunting request, quickly assembling the hefty sandwiches that The Brunchery has perfected throughout its more than 25 years in business. When President George W. Bush came to Tampa, the White House called upon The Brunchery's catering. In addition to corned beef, grilled grouper, and shaved steak piled on deli rye bread and kaiser rolls, The Brunchery plies guests with half-pound burgers seasoned by chipotle mayo and dill pickles.
But as its name implies, the restaurant doesn’t just craft food for lunch; it’s possibly best known for its morning treats. Made-from-scratch hollandaise sauce for benedicts and golden pancakes have earned The Brunchery awards including Best Place for Breakfast/Brunch from readers of the South Tampa Community News in 2010. When NBC interviewed owner Greg Elliot, the feature zeroed in on the restaurant’s signature french toast, which mingles cream-cheese sauce, bananas, strawberries, and slivered almonds.
Guests devour this lavish creation and others while dining among the dining room’s decorative dishware, Coke bottles, and shelves. Many of the objects come from Greg’s family, such as a hutch his great-great-grandfather built in the 1800s, making guests feel as at home as a rabbit in a top hat.
Whenever Brian Corby bathed his dog Presley, she shook and squirmed, flooding the bathroom and exhausting her owner. Taking her to the groomers was hardly better: careless clippers nicked her belly and chipped her nails too short, dashing her dreams of modeling in poker dog portraits. Fed up, Brian enlisted his long-time pal Greg to come up with an alternative, and the result was Green Dog Wash. They staff professional dog groomers whose exacting standards dictate that fur is cleansed with natural shampoos, teeth are brushed, and ears and eyes are cleaned. Owners can also bathe their furry companions themselves in a professional grooming center with tubs, shampoos, and towels, avoiding the hassles of cleaning up at home. When pets drop by one of Green Dog Wash's two locations, they often pull their owners over to the gift section, which stocks eco-friendly treats and toys. The goods, including Natural Balance dry dog food, West Paw Design beds, and K-99 natural treats, double as enticing bribes for dogs reluctant to shower off.
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.