With vegan products and an all-natural skincare line, the staff at Shades of Red Day Spa hopes to perform the purest iteration of many traditional spa and salon services. Led by 20-year industry veteran and salon owner Karla Greene, the seven salon consultants continually update their education to stay abreast of beauty trends and share their knowledge with clients. Their specialties include hairstyling, cutting, and hair-color corrections for clients after bobbing for apples in a barrel of fruit punch. Before or after their treatments, patrons can relax in the waiting area, where floor-to-ceiling windows surround products in glass cases, dried-flower arrangements reaching toward towering ceilings, and sculptural lamps.
Cozy up on a fleece-covered heated massage table, lose yourself in the soothing music coming from the Beats by Dre headset you're given, and inhale the fragrances from lavender or chamomile massage lotions—then feel the stresses of the daily grind fall away like a hopscotch champion on a tightrope walk. And that's not even including the massage. At A Nu Touch Massage, Shelly's goal is to foster escape and relief. She does that with the aforementioned perks and her soothing massage treatments, which include Swedish/relaxation combination massages. Shelly is a certified massage therapist as well as a hairstylist, and so she facilitates inner and outer beauty from her cozy studio.
As a licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist, Shelly at A Nu Touch works to make her clients both look and feel their best. Her designer haircuts can transform looks—especially when coupled with one of her signature double-process color treatments, virgin relaxers, or full sew-in extension applications. When not reviving hairstyles, Shelly applies her palms to tense necks and backs, alleviating stress with calming kneads or helping give bodies a boost of energy during invigorating massages.
Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the 1920s colonial revival–style home that houses Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi—installed by the ghost of the original architect—keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests choose services from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, which can be combined into packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Massage, Barber, and Mani-Pedi in 2013. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Serving the Cleveland area for over 20 years
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Children and pediatric care
What do you love most about your job?
Making each visit the highlight of your busy day
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Excellent and caring Doctors and staff
Licensed massage therapist Liz works to help clients heal and relax under her experienced hands. She offers Swedish massage, which unwinds tight muscles with gentle, long strokes, as well as infant and child massages for kids who have ADHD or simply need a calming touch. Body wraps and facials are also on her menu of services.