Beauty & Spas
Fitness Factory, located on the bustling Washington Avenue strip in Downtown St. Louis is the perfect place for the cosmopolitan city dweller to keep the cut in those biceps. The location and hours are ideal for residents of this loft district and for folks who like to work out then hang out. Offering a steam room, towel service, and even laundry and lockers, this gym aims to be as ergonomic as possible for their clients. Besides having all the regular amenities of a state of the-art gym, the atmosphere is quite modish and caters to the spry and sociable. This gym is a great place to meet new friends, business partners, or special someones.
Great Cuts is located just off of the downtown Washington Avenue strip. Offering men's and women's cuts and colors, Great Cuts welcomes walk-ins. For first timers, a 70% introductory rate applies. If clients aren't happy, they never have to come back, and they're only out a few bucks. However, that rarely happens and even the regular prices are reasonable. Great Cuts also performs waxes, scalp massages, and cuts for kids.
GYA is the heart and brainchild of four women with a mission to make the arts accessible to the community. Located in historic Mid Town, this cooperative gallery offers goods and services that include sculptures and paintings, textile designs, homemade vegan treats, and on site holistic hand and nail treatments. Live musical performances and cultural demonstrations are featured on various days during the month and artists offer lessons in different types of artistic expression. Stop by GYA to absorb the inspirational ambiance, meet other lovers of the arts, or indulge in a vegan sweet tart. -Cathryn D. Blue
Looking for somewhere to go to freshen your look without all the hassle? Try Hair Fetish. Located in historic Soulard, this quaint salon offers the latest in hair care products and services. The majority of patrons are native to the Soulard area, so stylists build fast relationships with their clientele. The location enables patrons to enjoy a great pedestrian atmosphere, and even get some local grocery shopping done at the famous Soulard Farmer's Market just across the street. The salon is all about getting folks in and out, so folks on the go really enjoy the salon's convenience. Potential clients must call and make an appointment, as no walk-ins are allowed.
With a philosophy that embodies freedom, the stylists at Natural Uhuru aim to promote the growth, strength, beauty, and appreciation of natural hair and natural lifestyles. They offer services that include lock repair and maintenance, cornrows, pixie braids, and facial massages in a relaxed and spiritually cultivating atmosphere. The warm earth tones throughout the salon, accented by beautiful paintings created by one of the stylists, give patrons a feeling of renewal that extends beyond the fresh hairdo. Prices are reasonable, and the expertise is worth every penny.
Specializing in custom tattoos and airbrushing, the talented designers and artists at Art Monster can create a masterpiece on a t-shirt, a motorcycle, or even your own arm. Also offered are pre-printed projects, posters, piercing and jewelry. The Art Monster staff are very professional, following all the health and safety standards a top tattoo parlor would need to follow to ensure clients' comfort and safety. The creations are one of a kind conversation pieces. If you're considering making a new artistic expression and you need a little assistance, stop by and visit Art Monster on Cherokee street.
Sweet Shears Barber and Beauty Salon is an old fashioned neighborhood hair salon and barber. Specializing in braids, twists, dreadlocks, and cuts, these stylists can have anyone looking fresh in no time. Sweet Shears has been a part of the Cherokee Street business district for over 20 years and have watched the neighborhood change over time. The owners have a wealth of knowledge about beauty, as well as many life lessons to share with those who sit in their stylist chairs. Besides being a great place to stop in for a hairstyle, this small shop also makes and sales custom t-shirts and other textile goods. Call for an appointment or stop by and see what great energy, attitudes, merchandise, and beauty come out of this place. -Cathryn D. Blue
Located in the bustling South Grand Business District, Salon St. Louis creates the look you're going for. Whether stopping in for a routine cut or in need of a complete make over, Salon St. Louis is the first place to stop. Lacking the pretentious flamboyance of many modern salons, Salon St. Louis doesn't intimidate anyone. The attentive, versatile staff is detail oriented when it comes to haircuts, and their goal is to come as close as possible to their customers' desires. Open six days a week, it's easy to find time to make beauty your first priority. Walk-ins are welcome. Makeup and skin care products are also available.
Cheap TRX (pronounced “trix”) is one of those places parents don’t like to talk about. However, people of all ages can be found there getting tattoos, adding holes for body jewelry, or hanging out in the cage where all the grown people get their respective fixes. Besides the adult-related paraphernalia, costumes, and fetish materials, the store is a fun place to find a lot of random gifts (naughty and nice) and mingle with people who exist within alternative paradigms. The staff is a trip, but they’re quite knowledgeable and sensitive to the needs of their clients. If Cheap TRX tickles your fancy, we won’t tell anyone. - Cathryn D. Blue
If searching for a quick fix in a short time on a reasonable dime, La Petite Spa is the place to go. This spa specializes in manicures and pedicures with all the professionalism and quality of pricier, cosmopolitan nail salons. Clients are known to return frequently, recommend friends and family regularly, and smile perpetually. The shop is quaint and the atmosphere is simple. The staff aims to please clients, catering to specific needs in a pleasant and gentle manner. Enjoy a girls’ (or guys’) day out with a well deserved pampering. Afterward, run next door for sushi and a martini.
In the trendy, cosmopolitan Central West End neighborhood, looking the part is a must. Lemon Spalon is the one stop shop for beauty basics. This salon/spa offers hair care, waxing, facials, and even services for city fellas. The experience is that of a chic, modern European or Beverly Hills salon, with top of the line beauty techniques that can make the skin smoother, hair thicker, and reverse signs of damage and aging. It's best to make an appointment in advance to ensure a spot in the beautician's chair. For the guy or gal who wants to be pampered for a day, this upscale Spalon is just what the stylist ordered.
This is the gym for the city-dweller. Located in the magnificent Chase Park Plaza, the 18,000-square foot fitness center with high-tech equipment in a comfortable, classy atmosphere is nothing to sneeze at. What separates Sante from other gyms is the customization. Advisors and trainers help create exercise, diet and lifestyle plans that are specific to the individual. Lifestyle analyses upon request will assess the best program to regulate sleep patterns, minimize stress, and even deal with emotional and motivational issues. So stop by the gym for a quick run or to talk to a professional and get your life on track.