Tell us about your business.
My name is Marsha T. Pipher and for the past 17 years, I have been a professional managing manicurist in prestigious spas around Northeastern Ohio. With my past experience, I was motivated and delighted to establish my own nail spa, Spa Parfairé, which means 'to perfect' or 'to complete' in French. My clients tell me that I am a perfectionist when I am servicing them, so I decided to showcase that behavior by creating a spa that will enhance their beauty by using "crème de la crème" products and techniques. I enjoy servicing my clients because I learn and become inspired by them everyday. I love what I do, not just because of its flexibility, but [because] it gives me a sense of taking care of someone and teaching them how to feel better about themselves. I believe in using excellent, top-notch, and natural products such as OPI, CND, Essie, SpaRitual, Phytocéane, Fléurs, Aveda, and Crabtree & Evelyn.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
My signature service would be my spa pedicures. [I perform] the signature pedicure by [submerging] the client's feet...into a warm aromatic bath. [I then] shape toenails, remove loose cuticles, soften calluses, and exfoliate away dry skin. [I rehydrate]...skin, [give a] soothing calf and foot massage, and [apply] warm booties to penetrate emollients into their skin. [I] finish with their choice of OPI, Essie, or SpaRitual nail lacquer.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I like catering to my clients by making them feel comfortable during their service time. I believe in having a quiet, serene setting. I stimulate their five senses by playing relaxing music; having warm, soothing touches; aromatherapy scents; a healthy beverage of their choice; and creating a calm and beautiful atmosphere for them to view. I also try to remember interesting and unusual facts about my clients—lifestyle, career, personal life, hobbies—in order to make their service more enjoyable and personable.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Spa pedicure
Brands Used: OPI, CND, Essie, SpaRitual, Phytocéane, Fléurs, and Aveda.
When it comes to hair, Cherise Smith has seen it all. Armed with a certification in Cosmetology Management and a slew of Design Essentials products, she goes to work relaxing hair, restoring vitality to overworked and chemically treated hair, or sculpting statement hair-dos designed to grab attention. The crown jewel of the service menu, though, may be hair weaving. Drawing on more than a decade of experience, she seamlessly works strands into the existing hair to create luxurious, flowing tresses.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Hair extension services
Brands Used: Design Essentials
Brianna Thomas is masterful with polish brush, and the proof's in the pictures. This online gallery showcases her prowess with single-color application, as well many of her past custom nail designs. Clients may also solicit her know-how for French tips, or request a modern mani-pedi with foot soak and cuticle care.
Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the 1920s colonial revival?style home that houses Quintana?s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi?installed by the ghost of the original architect?keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests choose services from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, which can be combined into packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Massage, Barber, and Mani-Pedi in 2013. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
Under the helm of skilled nail technician and owner Regina Kinsey, Polished Nail Salon’s staff grooms hands and feet with manicures and pedicures for women and men alike. Throughout the day, the salon’s experienced crew bustles about the space artfully positioning sculpted glass nails atop existing keratin beds and performing waterless manicures that gussy up hands without the hassles of coaxing each finger into a life jacket.
Kim Rogers believes that loving others begins with loving and nurturing oneself. As the owner of OneIIOne Studio Spa, she helps her clients accomplish this through pampering and relaxation services. Rosemary-mint wraps exfoliate and hydrate skin as the natural essences help guests relax, whereas peppermint wraps firm and soothe skin. She also pampers guests with hot-stone facials and massages, along with waxing services and spa packages.