Sage Skindcare & SpaBy Kathy Vogeltanz

Don’t go away…get away. Spas, salons and cosmetic services are perfect for a little “me-time.” Once refreshed by a full-body massage, new hairstyle or facial, it’s easier to get back to tackling the world.


Sage Skincare & Spa
“These days, everyone’s busy making a living and they miss the opportunity to de-stress,” said Jonathan Lee of Sage Skincare & Spa. “Our skin and body therapy lets the body and mind become rejuvenated.”  Owner Connie Kim opened Sage in Atlanta as a retreat from modern society. They offer about 20 different kinds of facials, which are customized to the needs of individual customers. 3005 Peachtree Road, (404) 477-0107 or

enyiaanise beautybar
A dream shared by Letha Anise and her daughter Enyia evolved into enyiaanise beautybar. The staff can do specialized cutting, are versed in the latest color techniques and are experts in relaxing hair.  “Clients love the fact that we touch almost every beauty need – hair, skin, nails and waxing – and especially that our atmosphere is so inviting,” Letha Anise said. 842 N. Highland Ave., Suite 3. (404) 733-1000 or

Natural Body Spa & Shop
Natural Body Spa & Shop has grown to become the largest day spa in the US. There are 19 locations in the Atlanta area that include Decatur, Morningside and Buckhead. Among their services are a variety of massages and facials. Whatever guests choose, they can rely on receiving natural services in a nurturing environment. Locations around Atlanta, including 1402 N. Highland Ave.

Vivid A Hair Salon
On Highland Avenue, right across from Natural Body, Vivid A Hair Salon can renew a person’s outlook on life with a luxury hair masque or scalp treatment and massage. “We love to help our guests get relaxed and restored,” said owner Jennifer Barry. The salon offers a full range of services that includes specialty styling, color, conditioning and extensions. 1401 N Highland Ave. (404) 685-3557,

Aviary {organic beauty collective}
Aviary {organic beauty collective} owner Amy Bransford said, “You have to look at what you put on your body. Skin absorbs 65 percent of what is put on it.” She offers everything from expert haircuts to massage therapy, all with products that are organic and free from man-made synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrance, fillers and harsh and irritating ingredients such as parabens and surfactants. 659 Auburn Ave., Studio 125. (404) 577-2460,

29 Spa
Inspired by the Napa Valley, 29 Spa at The Mansion on Peachtree offers a range of products and services for skin, hair and body, including massage. Founder Lydia Mondavj incorporates her signature Grape Seed Age Protecting Formula, a natural approach to powerful anti-oxidant skin protection, into every 29 Spa product and treatment.  3376 Peachtree Road. (404) 995-7529,

“I couldn’t find a place to get waxed that I liked – so I opened WAX!” reported owner Myka Barbato. “I wanted a clean, comfortable environment where I could get waxed.” She added that customers are thrilled to find a place that shapes their eyebrows to fit their faces. After waxing, the staff blends natural and organic custom oils to treat the skin. 280 Elizabeth St., Suite A-105. (404) 525-8344,

Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie houses the best of both worlds – a serene day spa and high-energy, full-service hair salon. Stepping into the warm, relaxing spa is like stepping into another world that caters to every client’s need to relax and be surrounded by beauty. They offer hot stone and custom pregnancy massage, custom facials and a range of manicure and pedicure services among their treatments. 806 N. Highland Ave. (404) 873-6512,

Beauty Products

Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown has a Whole Body department that “is all about quality and safety with a strong emphasis on natural,” according to Lesley Sifford. “We encourage our vendor partners to use plant-based and naturally-derived ingredients…and we do NOT allow any animal testing for any of our personal care products.” Whole Foods stocks several great products including Organikah Mango Martini Butter Me Up Body Balm. 650 Ponce De Leon Ave. (404) 853-1681,

Also available at Whole Foods Market are products from the HollyBeth line. Each item is made with certified organic essential oils and ingredients. “Nothing artificial goes into them,” owner/creator HollyBeth Anderson said. “Just pure, natural skincare that is kind to your skin and the environment.”
Some of her intriguing items are Grits & Honey Scrub, Butterfly Lip Nectar and Citrus Body Cream.

BLEND Custom Parfum Studio
“We show people how to create their own signature style with fragrance, just as they would with fashion,” explained Susan Sexton, owner of BLEND Custom Parfum Studio in Atlanta. BLEND is a custom perfumer and local distributor of Galimard, the oldest parfumerie in France. In 2000, Galimard designed a system that allows customers to design their own signature scents with the guidance of experts like Sexton. 2971 North Fulton Dr. (404) 202-5503,

At the Collective/Sally B’s Skin Yummies
At the Collective brings together local artisans to offer a unique shopping experience in Inman Park. Among the vendors are Reiki Master Cathy Ard, who provides energy/healing work, and Sally B’s Skin Yummies, a line of organic skincare and makeup that includes Dream Cream and Gardener’s Healing Hand Butter. Owner Sally Larsen makes her products in the kitchen At The Collective with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients. 280 Elizabeth St. (770) 696-5845,

Mama Bath + Body
Mama Bath + Body creator Emilie Sennebogen has designed a unique line that includes body lotions, sugar scrubs, artisanal olive oil soaps, soy candles and lip balms. “All of my products are handmade fresh in small batches, using natural ingredients and pure essential oils,” she explained. At the Mama Bath + Body in Decatur, clients can scent their own lotion, body oil or bath salts.  743D E. College Ave. (404) 377-7800,

Other Health & Cosmetic Services

Shannon Ring
For Shannon Ring, Massage Therapist at Urban Body Studio, her natural nurturing spirit led to her very successful career. “I listen to each client’s concerns and customize the massage to what he or she needs,” she said. Some of the therapies Ring offers are Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Massage, Swedish (Relaxation) Massage, Sports Massage and Couples Massage. 730 Ponce de Leon Place. (404) 201-7994,

Skin Matters
At Skin Matters, patients always get excellent attention from owner Lisa Johnson Mangrum, a licensed aesthetician with over 15 years in the beauty industry. Her services include laser hair removal, facials, chemical peels, waxing, BOTOX and injectables.  Mangrum reported that she’s been in business 10 years last October, “and over half of my patients have been coming to me for about 5 years or more.” 3280 Howell Mill Road. (770) 912-4070,

Comfort Smiles Atlanta
One of the most critical aspects of looking and feeling good is having healthy, beautiful teeth. Dr. Shawn Lottier of Comfort Smiles Atlanta makes it easy by providing general as well as cosmetic dentistry procedures such as deep bleaching, 6-month braces and dental implants. Dr. Lottier specializes in safe, sedate dentistry and uses laser technology for diagnosis and restorative work. 3091 Maple Drive. (404) 365-0211,

A full service discrete vein practice, Veininnovations treats chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins and other venous conditions with new treatment options. “Not only do the procedures take less than hour, they’re much more effective than older techniques,” explained David Martin, President/CEO.
Medical Director Peter H’Doubler Jr., MD, FACS, a vascular surgeon with an impressive background and range of experience, leads the medical team. 5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 340. (678) 731-9815,

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.