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. According to the trained professionals at the spa, clients can have their feet treated to whirlpool action with a safe, NSF-certified PureFlo pipe-less jet. Massage therapists inject relaxation with custom kneads and an arsenal of aromatherapy scents, and private spa-party packages combine treatments with complimentary mixed drinks for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and secret Supreme Court justice outings.
Licensed massage therapist Debra Fazio adds a caring touch to each massage, facial, chemical peel, and body treatment she performs at BodyBliss Time Massage. As she deploys her shiatsu, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massage handiwork, patients relax in a treatment room that reverberates with the sounds of nature, such as birdsong, ocean waves, and conch shells doing vocal warm-ups. Facial clients kick back in similar relaxation as warm steam gently opens their pores to prepare for deep cleansing and exfoliation with the help of customized serums. Debra also mixes organic sugars, salts, and sands to forge body and foot scrubs that evoke the calming feeling of crab-walking along the beach.
The aestheticians at BodyTrends specialize in nonsurgical Electrospa treatments that have toned and beautified the bodies of beauty-pageant contestants. By stimulating muscles with gentle electrical currents, technicians can mimic the effects of a face-lift or breast lift without ever breaking the scalpel out of its emergency glass. Lasers erase unwanted hair, veins, cellulite, and tattoos, and facial services banish blemishes while adorning features with MNA and mineral cosmetics. For feelings of inner peace, BodyTrends' massage therapists capture tension from bodies and release it deep in the woods to plague overly frivolous nymphs.
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.
Aesthetician Emily Andrews works with clients to enhance their natural beauty with waxing, facials, makeup services, and spray-tanning services. Keeping up-to-date on the latest industry trends, Emily uses products such as stripless wax, which removes unwanted hair from the root without the use of cloth strips or telekinesis, helping to minimize waste and leaving clients with soft, smooth skin. A slew of skin issues can be addressed with one of her glycolic peels, including age spots, large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.