Barber tools are not toys. But even as a child, Dennis Marquez couldn’t resist playing with his father's set of barber tools in the attic, as he told Wellington the Magazine in 2008. This early admiration led Dennis to train at many prestigious hair schools including Vidal Sassoon in London. More than 35 years ago, Dennis and his wife, Kristina, opened the first Pizzazz Hair Design. The venture succeeded: their business has grown to include five separate salons, many of which have gained praise from NBC 5. Each salon’s stylists, armed with Redken and GKhair products, consult with men, women, teens, and children before revamping their manes with cuts, foil highlights, and hair-smoothing treatments. At the adjoining spas in three of the five salons, technicians paint nails with OPI polishes and cleanse skin with botanical-based Pevonia products.
To stay up to date on current hair trends, each salon's beauticians attend continuing-education courses and dissolve fashion magazines older than three months in jars of barbicide. The Pizzazz team also gives back to the community by donating a portion of salon proceeds to the Adopt-A-Family organization.
It looks more like a home than a clinic—travel up the brick walkway and past the hedges and you'll come to a large house decorated and furnished like the living space of a family with a taste for flowers and contemporary furniture. But that domestic air vanishes the second you glimpse the center's high-tech equipment, which ranges from a Beautiful Image microcurrent machine for spot-treating cellulite to a Candela GentleLASE laser for removing hair and vascular lesions. Because these machines, like a shower's hot tap, should only be operated by medical professionals, Dr. David Priscal and a staff of certified technicians run the clinic. These staffers, certified in such medical fields as nursing and electrology, also deliver Dermalogica facials and permanent-makeup procedures for eyes and lips.
Helmed by Ellen Lillian, a master barber with more than three decades of experience, The Old Fashioned Barber Shop strives to return community and camaraderie to haircuts through traditional barbering. After moving the shop from its original outpost in New York, Lillian and her team of barbers and stylists swiftly went to work bestowing their specialization of flat tops, shaves, and beard trims on the Sunshine State, though their service menu also features cuts and colors for women. The traditional red, white, and blue pole spins outside, while inside, the space beams with the gloss of bulky leather barber chairs and the smiles of patrons enjoying complimentary beverages and lessons on how to use left-handed scissors.
Inside Tan Lines of Jupiter's bright salon, cool blue walls, tropical plants, and paintings of the ocean set a beachy backdrop for sunless tanning in private rooms. Powerful tanning beds include a standup machine, which promotes an even bronzing without tan lines. Traditional beds mimic the relaxing indulgence of a nap on the beach, with comfortable surfaces, a warm glow, and optional in-room seagulls. Customizable airbrush tans eschew UV rays in favor of Norvell spray tanner—made with mineral-salt bronzers—which imparts a natural glow by matching product to skin tone. Armed with lotions from Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin, experienced staffers recommend the best beds based on skin type and desired final shade.
The animating philosophy at The Atmosphere Day Spa is that detoxification is the key to holistic beauty. This aversion to potentially harmful chemicals is why the center's services use naturally produced creams, masks, scrubs, and lotions. The practice is particularly conspicuous in the lineup of facials, which incorporate everything from lemons and flowers to pomegranates and chocolate in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Haircare treatments, including cuts, clear gloss, and relaxers, leave locks lustrous.
Protective covers, automobile chargers, and audio aides adorn the walls inside South Florida Communications stores. iPhone surfaces luxuriously resist scratches with a signature leather case ($29.99) and deflect over-the-shoulder-reading suns with an antiglare screen protector ($19.99). A Samsung WEP460 Bluetooth headset ($34.99) frees hands for more important tasks, such as plugging a Motorola phone into a sleek car charger ($19.99). South Florida Communications' staff of more than 65 employees stays abreast of current technologies and trends to ensure customers find the ideal items to fit their handset and intended task, such as traveling or digitally peeling potatoes.