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.
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.
Beauty professional Angie Reich, a cosmetologist with 30 years of experience, knows how to naturally keep skin smooth and hair-free. Inside Salon Bliss, Angie removes hair via sugaring, a treatment that uses a natural paste to pull hair from the root. In addition to being made of natural components, sugaring has other benefits. It causes less irritation than waxing and leaves skin smoother for longer than traditional shaving. Angie also offers Biotouch eyelash perms, which last up to two months.
Stylist and licensed cosmetologist Charis Mercado draws from more than six years of professional experience and training under hair and makeup artists to the stars to beautify her clients with expert salon treatments. Mercado reinvents hairscapes with precision styling and keratin bond extensions, or turns the scalp into her canvas with braids for men and women, full sew-ins, or full highlights, ombre, and color.
Aesthetician Linda Smith knows how to help skin recover from environmental toxins and sun exposure and look its natural, radiant self. At Monkey Bizness, she tends to skin with facials, LED therapy, and raindrop therapy. Natural sugaring furnishes gentle hair removal, and the VascuTouch system helps reduce the appearance of spider veins and the skin tags that reveal bodies' original prices.