Thanks to parents who encouraged a love of animals, Leslie Rosales woke up every morning to a chorus of whinnying horses, yapping dogs, mewing cats, and squawking chickens. Trimming the long locks of her a family brood of cocker spaniels, Leslie quickly picked up grooming and animal-whispering skills. Over the course of a lengthy career as a vet assistant, she grew fed up with what she considered poor treatment of pets, so she started her own grooming shop with a bankroll of just $400.
Years later, Leslie sold that shop and attempted to retire, but her clients prodded her to return to her beloved profession. First-time sessions take a bit longer, Leslie warns, because she monitors the dog's reaction to each new touch. She clips a nail or two at a time or allows the scissors to lop off a few curls of hair around one ear, before stepping back to reward the dog with praise and love. The process eases pooches into the session and test’s each animal’s mood, much the way one dips a toe into a chocolate fountain to make sure it's warm enough to jump into.
Leslie also offers fresh food for dogs allergic to the standard canine diet of commercial pet kibble and mailman tears. The salon also maintains a pet food pantry for pets of low-income households.
Inside the bright, spacious salon, black leather chairs with bubbling foot basins line the walls facing a flat-screen TV while nail technicians pamper hands and feet with more than 15 different types of manicures and pedicures. In addition to nail services, licensed aestheticians perform organic and microdermabrasion facials with Pangea Organics skincare products that are free of synthetic fragrances and fillers, as well as waxing services and eyelash extensions. Massage therapists inject relaxation with custom kneads and an arsenal of aromatherapy scents, and private spa-party packages combine treatments with complimentary margaritas for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and secret Supreme Court justice outings.
Inside Nails by Linda, light from ornate chandeliers sets aglow the wheatgrass-green walls, fuchsia orchids, and a print of Biscaretti’s iconic 1925 Anisetta Evangelisti. As Biscaretti’s jovial chimp lifts his glass in perpetuity, Linda Smith attends to each client personally, bringing each of her 18 years as a nail technician to the table, prettifying digits with specialty manicures and pedicures. Guests leave the salon with their favorite hues or stroll out with Shellac manicures that resist chips more diligently than a militant dietitian.
As far as first impressions go, Impressions Salon and Spa’s most eye-catching accent is its floors. From the entrance, the concrete surface resembles an elaborate charcoal drawing with streaks of black and sepia. Purple and steel-gray walls only add to the ambiance. Redken-certified stylists transform tresses with custom coloring treatments and scissor cuts that leave hair as sleek as a smooth-coated otter on date night. Clients may also request restorative mani-pedis or retreat to a private room for relaxing bodywork from the salon's licensed massage therapist.
At Monkey Bizness Salon and Day Spa, stylists and technicians pamper customers with hair-and-beauty services. After jaunts at leather hair-washing stations, customers can receive stylish cuts at salon chairs surrounded by green walls and hanging lights. The full-service salon and spa also offers packages that include massages, facial treatments, manicures, pedicures, and haircuts.
Terisa Ellsworth skillfully wields airbrush equipment in an effort to help her clientele achieve instant, natural-looking tans without absorbing UV rays. Terisa uses an odorless tanning solution to coat bodies in a solution customized to bronze individuals to their desired hue.