There actually is a vault at Vault Salon & Spa, but instead of locking away rubies and riches, the wide-open room welcomes visitors to its gourmet coffee. As profiled by Winnipeg Free Press, the owners, Amber Robinson and her father Frank Ostrowski, spared no expense when revamping the former bank building into a two-storey salon, spa, and forthcoming gym. They imported Italian and French furnishings that complement the space’s giant stained-glass windows and white-brick arches, and they hauled in the latest beauty equipment, including a Vichy shower imported from Brazil and a double-dry sauna.
Vault’s dedicated stylists echo this passion for perfection as they craft hair colours using Goldwell and Schwarzkopf dyes and create elegant curls with Doll Tools. Meanwhile, at the salon’s three nail stations, technicians decorate digits with the trendiest nail products and techniques, including OPI gel polish and duck tips—faux nails that also double as scuba flippers. And back in the spa, aestheticians armed with Image Skincare products spend their days brightening complexions or polishing bodies with Dead Sea–salt scrubs and mud wraps.
When they're not revamping looks or operating the cappuccino machine, Vault’s team is catering to bridal parties in the Wedding Room. Here, brides get dolled up for their big day while enjoying the room’s amenities, which include a TV, stand-up bar, and VIP elevator service.
While modern technology can enliven one's appearance, it can only do as much as the medical professional guiding it. Dr. Errol Billinkoff wields such medical wonders with a confidence born from more than 25 years of medical experience paired with a passion for non-surgical skin rejuvenation. His knowledge of cosmetic injections, laser therapies, and serum-based treatments gives his clients a beauty regimen that can reduce wrinkle and minimize skin conditions without undergoing multiple surgeries or switching bodies with a wax mannequin.
A 12-year veteran of the medical aesthetics field, a laser technician since 2000, and the other half of the Billinkoff Aesthetics team, Leigh Ann McFadyen bends 21st-century technology to her will to leave clients with a beaming facade. She demonstrates her technical experience with an array of lasers and other light-based therapies that can tighten lax skin, clear blemishes, and banish tattoos, among other aesthetic miracles.
The passionate staff at Rituals in Hair and Skin illuminate fingers and toes with careful coddling and a battalion of polishes, or turn hairdos into stunning works of art with high-end products and well-honed styling skills. Nail technicians soothe hard-working feet with relaxing, callous-busting soaks; soften skin with paraffin dips; and coat fingertips and toes in shiny Shellac polish. Skin specialists slough away dead skin and smooth fine lines with cold-laser therapy and resurfacing facials, and stylists fashion tresses with cuts, highlights, deep conditioning, and extensions. Rituals in Hair and Skin also offers a wide array of relaxing Aveda, Schwarzkopf, and Yonka spa-and-beauty products that hydrate skin and fumigate worry-infested minds with the gentle wizardry of aromatherapy.
Elisabeth Hair & Nails' professional team performs manicures and pedicures using acrylic and gel polishes, smoothen epidermises with waxing services and body-sugaring sessions, and lift stress from backsides with five massage modalities. Staffers also meticulously interlace headscapes with AAA-grade Indian Remy human hair extensions, which can be fused for semi-permanent placement or rendered removable so clients can speedily switch their appearance while sneaking multiple cheese samples at the supermarket. During luxurious massage treatments, therapists quench all skin types with fragrance-free oils rich in vitamin E, jojoba, sunflower, and minerals. A warm towel wrap concludes each session, resulting in the ultimate softening experience.
Real bamboo, potted with smooth stones in glass vases, contributes to the serene vibe of Grace Hair & Esthetics’ simple yet elegant studio. Among the space’s wooden floors and red, white, and mocha-hued walls, stylists snip and colour the tresses of men, women, children, and teens. A private spa room sets the stage for the aesthetics portion of the salon, where waxing experts strip away fuzz from underarms, legs, and bikini lines, and eyebrow stylists thread brows into symmetrical curves or asymmetrical arches to connote a permanent state of disbelief. Nail technicians also contribute to beauty overhauls with basic mani-pedis and dollops of shellac polish that remain chip-free for up to two weeks.
By pairing UV and UV-free tanning treatments with resort-like facilities, Tan FX has become Canada's fastest growing indoor-tanning franchise over the past decade. The company's numerous locations—scattered throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba—feature modern UV-tanning beds and booths capable of bronzing bodies in as little as 10 minutes and UV-free Mystic Tan systems that apply color in seconds. To ensure all tanning contraptions are used safely and properly, Tan FX keeps its Smart Tan–certified staff up to date on the latest industry knowledge with online training programs and in-person interviews with the sun.