At the age of 10, Bryan Meyer went on a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. It was on that trip that he first picked up a camera–and he hasn't put it down since. Now, more than four decades later, Bryan continues what has turned into a lifelong journey in photography. He and his Mind's Eye team shoot local conventions, sports events, and celebrations. They also snap more intimate sessions, including families with special needs.
Artist AJ Whitney powers his tattoo machine with five years of inking experience and a passion for his craft. From his imagination and from photographs supplied by his clients, Whitney has adorned bodies with crisp scrollwork, colorful depictions of animals, and personal symbols of faith.
Revelations Tattoo's clean and welcoming environment dispels perceptions of thuggish tattoo culture, with its sarcastic longshoremen and rebellious warlocks. Whitney embellishes arms, legs, and backs with an emphasis on safety and hygiene, opening a new set of disposable tubes and needles in front of every client.
The decor at W Salon and Spa—curled chandeliers, furniture upholstered with monochrome prints, and antique-looking wooden bureaus at each styling station—evokes an Enlightenment-era salon steeped in serenity. The literary setting is appropriate since the staff views the venue as a sanctum for the self, where guests can sink into relaxed introspection. With a team that specializes in a number of fields, the spa addresses a sweeping spectrum of services to facilitate such pampered meditation.
A licensed cosmetologist primps complexions with makeup applications and eyelash extensions, and a certified massage therapist calls upon five modalities to put physiques at ease more effectively than a soothing impression of Morgan Freeman narrating a documentary about sloths. Hair- and skincare treatments benefit from Unite and Sonya Dakar products, respectively.
On the spa's medical side, technicians combat wrinkles with Botox injections and curtail unwanted hair growth with carefully aimed laser treatments. The beauticians also host spa parties, accommodating wedding groups and celebrations for expectant mothers as well as birthdays.
Even though the technicians at Munoz Cleaning Services are experts in the field, the company continues to provide training to its employees. Now, the professionals use all organic products, which help ensure environmental sustainability and no angry voicemails from local wildlife. The company can deploy crews to residences and offices for one-time or routine cleanups, but also provides sprucing sessions for hospitals, schools, and space stations.
In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal?to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
The Smart Tan?certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.