Tanning business off to bright start
June 4, 2012
There's no lack of solar energy in Northwest Colorado during the summer, but sometimes the brightest thing in the sky needs a little help to keep folks looking good.
Tanning salon Under the Sun opened its doors at 504 W. Victory Way for the first time Thursday.
Owner Sharla Satterwhite and manager Julie Camp, who have been refurbishing the former location of Craig Sports since mid-March, plan to host a grand opening Saturday.
Camp said the event will include one-day-only sales on tanning packages.
"We haven't decided on what kind of prices we'll have for those just yet, but we've gotten a lot of walk-ins already and people are just glad to see we're opening," she said.
In addition to a selection of traditional tanning equipment, both beds and upright, Under the Sun also features something new to the area — airbrush spray tans.
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"They've had some places where you can stand in a booth, but this is the kind where a person actually sprays it on your body, but it's not like 'Jersey Shore' or anything like that," Camp said.
The front of the store also displays a large selection of additional products of all types of maintenance for every kind of skin need.
Camp added customers under 18 must have parents present to give permission to use the services.
"You have to be at least 16 years old to use our beds and I don't know if we'd allow them to tan the maximum time," she said.
Camp said she expects a good crowd of people during the season looking to build a base tan for summer vacation.
She also predicts that business will be solid later in the year.
"I think we'll see people in the wintertime definitely because people will want the feeling of warmth and just kind of forget they're in Craig," she said.
Regardless of the time of year, Camp said the business frowns on tanning becoming an addiction for customers.
"Vitamin D is something good for us and whether you get it from Mother Nature or a tanning bed, it's all in moderation," she said.
Business hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 824-1929.
Gym plans for summer
As one business focusing on the outer part of the human body gets off the ground, another promoting the well-being of the inner body prepares for a few changes.
Starting today, Holistic Health & Fitness, 420 Breeze St., will begin its summer hours from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The business also offers 24-hour access for members.
Owner Karrie Booth said gym business often tapers off in the summer months as people either participate in more outdoor recreation or forego exercise altogether as vacation time sets in.
"What I see is people think they can keep their fitness levels up and by the fall, they didn't quite do that, so it's good to keep your routine and still be active," she said. "Our core people, that's their lifestyle, so they're there summer or winter."
Booth said classes such as yoga, Pilates and Zumba will continue throughout the summer, as well as a pole fitness class beginning June 14.
"I'm hoping to have something like Boot Camp this summer, too, depending on how much people are interested," she said.
Booth said she also would like to offer a less intensive Boot Camp-type program for children. "I kind of want to make it like an intro to exercise for kids who are needing to be fit for sports and boost self-esteem," she said. "Doing something fun to make sure kids are staying healthy."
For more information on services and schedules, call 824-4700 or visit holisticincraig.com.