Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
Phillip Michael offers an array of salon and spa services behind a warm and charming storefront. Hair services include cuts ($28+ for women, $22+ for men), flat-iron styling ($20+), coloring ($50+), and highlights ($70+) for lion manes infested with damaging micro-cyclones. Reap the benefits of a bikini ($50+) and lower-leg waxing ($60+) and feel confident stepping outside in this season's revealing bloomers, or opt for the back wax ($50+) and turn your stern into a living canvas for mall-kiosk celebrity portraits. Inject a dose of healing into world-weary backs with an hour-long massage (60+), or release underground reservoirs of oil and detritus with a beautifying facial ($60+). Other services include perms ($70+), manicures ($20+), and pedicures ($45+) for a fully grown beauty bounty.
The team at Michigan Beauty Institute, which is affiliated with Clyde Park Chiropractic, focuses on noninvasive therapies that leave skin looking younger. Microcurrent facials stimulate muscles and surrounding tissues, and ultrasonic and radio-frequency liposuction treatments break down fat and cellulite. The crew also offers elastin-infusion therapy, a cosmetic procedure that was originally used to help wounded soldiers heal more quickly and with less scarring. The cell-renewal therapy is designed to turn back the hands of time by up to two years, or the average duration of a microdermabrasion treatment on the Statue of Liberty.
The team at Body & Sol Tanning Studios advises visitors on UV and UV-free tanning options, as well as directs tanners toward red-light skin-rejuvenation therapy. UV units range from the Exotic Sun 55 standup booth to the Sunboard XXT bed, which delivers 23,000 watts of light through lamps arranged to cover all four sides. For UV-free darkening, a Mystic Tan HD booth lets guests customize their desired color. To help clients maintain results, the staff recommends sheen-enhancing products such as Australian Gold lotions and Academy Award polish.