Most artists use a brush and paint. Michelle Como uses foils, shampoo, and dye. Sure, she's technically a stylist, but she treats each service as an artform. Michelle owns Pure Color Bar Salon, where she spends her days sculpting and coloring hair. In addition to color treatments and highlights, she specializes in keratin smoothing treatments to get rid of curls, frizz, and misplaced crazy straws. Her coworkers produce stunningly complex nail art, with stripes and swirls peppered with little gems fastened in place with adhesive.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: hair color
Brands Used: wella, keratin complex
At Flourish Wellness Spa, guests relax as they rejuvenate and find balance, thanks to services that are equal parts healing and pampering. For example, an ionic footbath detoxes the body as guests relax and soak their feet in warm water. Other services include ear candling to remove bacteria and wax buildup, and vibration plate sessions boost circulation and relieve constipation. Reflexology treatments are also available to help relieve pain and stress.
Keri Berardinelli opened Green Lotus Wellness Center to be a one-stop shop for her clients' holistic health needs. Her treatment menu includes both health services and cosmetic services, so clients can work to improve their body from the inside out. Colon hydrotherapy treatments, for example, help to remove toxins from the colon, possibly leading to benefits such as increased energy and mental clarity. Reiki treatments also strive to boost energy levels by re-balancing the body's chakras with help from essential oils, energy stones, and crystals. Customers can even meet one-on-one with a holistic health coach to create a personalized diet program based around local, seasonal, well-read, organic foods. And the cosmetic treatments are just as holistically-minded: facials use organic skincare products that are sourced from herbal ingredients.
Situated in historic downtown Willoughby, Texture Hair Studio collects the talents of stylists. Among them, stylist Kimberly Gaul draws from more than 15 years of experience when crafting haircuts or coloring manes with Redken, Kenra, and Moroccan Oil products. In addition to her styling skills, Kimberly can use wax to lift unwanted hair and fuzz.
Inside The Wild Goose, which won the people’s choice award from the Taste of Willoughby, a stone oven bakes pizzas laden with eclectic ingredients, including elbow noodles, celery, and potatoes. Chefs top the Galway Bay pie with alfredo sauce, rock shrimp, crabmeat, cheese, and a sprinkle of parsley, and they slather the That’s A Buff Chick pizza with chicken, cheese, celery, crumbled blue cheese, and a drizzle of buffalo sauce. When not customizing crusts, they ladle up bowls of irish potato soup and fill hoagies with saucy meatballs as pro football games and amateur potato-peeling competitions play on televisions propped behind a granite-topped bar.
The fitness instructors at each of Body Sculpting's dozens of gyms lead their customers in the fight to stave off osteoporosis, increase lean muscle mass, improve cardiovascular fitness, and lose weight. During fitness sessions, they teach visitors the proper form and principles of the gym's flagship Body Sculpting program, which focuses on cardio and weight-training exercises that often require only a set of 5-pound dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a stretch band. They augment this central program with a range of other classes that delve into barre-fitness techniques, exercises for the abdominals and core, workouts for the back, and cardiovascular training. To help customers achieve their fitness goals and continue fighting crime past bedtime, the gym sells products such as stretch bands used by physical therapists, heel-elevation boards, and instructional manuals. Trainers also help customers stay fit with an exercise of the month that draws from techniques such as Pilates.