Thanks to 25 years working in the corporate world, Connie Murphy, Touch With Intent's licensed massage therapist, has firsthand knowledge of work-related stress and the health issues it can bring. Murphy brings this knowledge to her massage sessions, which she tailors to each individual needs. This might mean calming the nervous system with soothing Swedish strokes, softening tight muscles with hot stones, or delving into sore spots with the more insistent pressure of deep-tissue or trigger-point therapy. They also offer pre-natal massages, though not couple massages. Aromatherapy scents add a more comforting sensory element than samples from a tableside gravy boat, and the organic products she uses help her hands glide over her clients’ muscles in a natural fashion.
At Bella Tula Salon, the stylists specialize in hair—they can cut hair, color hair, lengthen hair, and even remove hair. During their custom treatments, they snip locks into modern cuts and brighten hair with all-over color and highlights, exclusively using products by Pureology and Redken. Their seamlessly applied weaves cover natural hair with sleek extensions, and their waxes strip away unwanted stubble. And no matter what the service, the stylists are dedicated to giving their clients a look that fits their own personal style and lifestyle. Additionally, an on-site boutique complements their hair services, with an array of jewelry, accessories, apparel, and giant candy combs.
Located in historic downtown Carrollton, Silver Star Mercantile Company accents homes with a vast array of charming, ageless wares including furniture, collectibles, and folk art. Treasure hunters can peruse Silver Star's colorful shelves in search of a quaint home adornment or a vintage Western purse to decorate their lucky shoulder. The shop's ever-changing inventory also features a varied collection of glimmering jewelry ($15–$60), Circle E candles ($25), and antique lamps, perfect for illuminating a collection of antique VCR manuals.
To get an idea of the kinds of services offered at Carrollton Square Salon & Spa, you need only look up. In one of the treatment rooms, a tent hovers over the massage bed, ready to catch clouds of toxin-dispersing steam. In another room, the ceiling’s wooden bars allow trained ashiatsu practitioners to buoy and balance themselves while massaging clients' backs with their feet. The only thing you'll find on the ceiling of the relaxation room is soft, recessed lighting and the trapped cartoon-bubble sighs of stress relief left behind by previous guests.
The salon and spa harnesses the historic charm of downtown Carrollton and is filled with friendly, down-to-earth staffers. This combination won over readers of the Carrollton Leader, who voted it the Best Spa and Best Massage in 2012.
Radiant Skin Care Spa lives up to its name, brightening complexions with spa services powered by Dermalogica, Glytone, and Bare Minerals products. Aestheticians enhance the smoothing power of facials by whisking away dead skin cells with crystal microdermabrasion sessions and chemical peels. They also nix errant fuzz with hair removal treatments that use warm wax, electrolysis, or IPL lasers with built-in cooling devices. Aromatherapy and hot stone massages slowly release tension in the back and limbs, leaving clients relaxed and stress-free. Nails aren’t neglected, either; technicians coat digits with colorful CND shellacs that can withstand cracks caused by car door handles and house keys set to "attack mode".