Stephanie Harris has bedazzled lots of digits over the past 15 years. Drawing on this vast well of experience, she wields paraffin wax, salt scrubs, and colorful polish to leave hands elegant enough that a zookeeper will quit being so high and mighty about what cages to keep them out of. This background also helps her festoon nails with durable acrylics or art such as polka dots and swirls.
Ultimate treats guests to stress-dissolving and beauty-boosting treatments with a range of spa services. As knobby-muscled clients lay stress on a thickly cushioned bed, a licensed massage therapist releases restlessness with either therapeutic or deep-tissue techniques, depending on individual needs. Slow strokes and firm finger force convince contracted muscles to morph their pesky pretzely knots into soft Silly Putty spheroids. During the mani-pedi fingers and toes get groomed, pampered, and brushed with any OPI nail color of choice. During daylight hours, soft light effuses through the massage studio's shaded tall windows, warming the rosy walls with a red-wine blush. Salon-goers can book the services back-to-back or prolong pampering with two separate sessions.
Esprés Nails and Spa’s massage therapists melt away tension using Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, prenatal, shiatsu, foot-massage or reiki techniques. Spagoers who choose the first option feel smooth, flowing strokes sweep over tense feet, relaxing tendons drawn taut after too many games of beach racquetball. 20-minute detoxifying ionic foot baths then soothe feet when negative ions dive into warm water and lie in wait under the waves to drag toxins out of toes.
It's hard not to feel like royalty when seated upon the cushy pedicure throne at Vogue Salon. Here, nail technician Heather reshapes cuticles and files down nails before topping fingers and toes with polish. In between, she also cossets skin with soothing masks and paraffin wax, which leaves hands as supple as a newborn spongecake.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Gel polish and pedicures
Brands Used: OPI, Tammy Taylor, Creative Nail Design
Pro Tip: Arrive a few minutes early and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Nail technician Heidi has amassed a collection of 200 regular nail polish bottles and 60 gel polish bottles from such brands as Gelish, OPI, and Shellac. The kaleidoscope of colors appease any clients, from a frosty white hue that pays homage to winter to a deep red hue that perfectly matches the color of one’s eyes. Her spa mani-pedis include an exfoliating sugar scrub and relaxing massage.