Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular service: Airbrush spray tans
Brands Used: Multiple solutions depending on your natural skin tone
At Platinum Tanning, clients can maintain a beach-ready look year-round. The tanning salon darkens complexions with a UV-free tanning alternative can bask in the misting particles of an airbrush tanning solution, which is applied by hand by a technician to ensure the natural-looking formula goes on evenly.
Like a fingerprint, a snowflake, or a social security number, every piece of body art created by Aardvark Tattoo Company's tattoo artists is unique. Unlike those at other tattoo shops who work from preset designs, co-owners Risa Stevens and Paul Thomas lead a team of artists who create custom designs based on clients’ input. Each artist specializes in a different style, such as portraits, photorealism, art nouveau, feminine tattoos, and proper spellings of extremely long words. Meanwhile, the shop’s piercing specialist safely and precisely helps clients add jewelry to any part of the body.
The beauticians at Silk & Stone connect East and West with a repertoire of Middle Eastern–inspired spa services, products, and workshops that beautify and illuminate members of each culture. Silk & Stone’s resident henna artist develops a lengthy list of retail products, from botanical-based haircare blended with Pakistani, Persian, and Indian recipes to aromatherapy oils. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians perform services including an Ayurvedic facial with complimentary footbath or threading, which allows a technician to accurately pluck facial, hand, and finger hairs from any skin type with imported antibacterial cotton thread. The cultural tradition of henna is brought into sharp focus as artists use the powder to naturally dye the hair, create intricate designs on brides for their wedding day, or teach students tips and tricks for applying the dye to hands, feet, or their invisible friend’s forearm.
Black Hole makes body decorating safe and accessible with two locations, rigorous cleanliness standards, and a licensed staff of tattoo artists and piercers. Those going the piercing route can adorn the head or body with a glint of jewelry, ranging from standard surgical stainless-steel barbells to more-ornate navel rings and conflict-free diamond nostril screws. Black Hole offers ear and facial piercings, including lip, nostril, and labret ($25–$35); body piercings, such as nipple ($25 for one) and surface anchors ($50); genital piercings ($70 on average); and more. Basic starter jewelry starts at $12 and goes up depending on function and style. For inspiration, watch Hellraiser or browse through the gallery of piercing pics, then check out the piercing requirements here.
Boogie's Burgers & Brew is not a run-of-the-mill burger joint. One glance at the burgers belies the premium ingredients used, with grass-fed local beef and organic produce stacked between locally baked preservative free buns. Diners can wash down their burgers and fries with fresh-spun milkshakes or local beers, while those with gluten-free or vegan lifestyles can ask the kitchen to craft a sandwich just for them. Perhaps best of all, Boogie's stays open till the wee hours of the morning, for anyone who needs a burger to soak up the night's adventures or to use as an emergency pillow.
Martian Arts Tattoo Studio is helmed by a quartet of artists with personalities as colorful as their artwork, but with hands steady as rocks. They tap into both traits when inking clients with custom designs. Tattoos range from realistic flowers to mythical beasts and personal mantras. Yet no matter the chosen ink, artists specialize in precision, resulting in tattoos with bright colors and strong linework. Not taking their job lightly, they consult with clients to make sure they're on the same page before ever applying needle to skin.