“Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen.” — Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks
At this point, just about everyone on Earth deserves a present for getting through the past year. We’ve decided to follow the wise words of Agent Cooper and seek out special ways to pamper ourselves in West Michigan — though nowadays, we’re always planning ahead.
The next time you have something to celebrate or recover from, treat yourself with one of these special moments.
Pink Lounge: Dry Salt Therapy
3105 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Kentwood
If you’re feeling down, don’t get salty — get salt! Pink Lounge uses various forms of therapy incorporating Pink Hamalayan salt to help promote your well-being. Detox your hands and soles with heated salt lamps, or lay in a private, specially designed dry salt bed aided by halogenerators which safely release salt particles into the air. It’s soothing, unique, and good for you!
Break Room Therapy
7988 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Byron Center
West Michigan’s only “rage room” is here to help you let off steam. Before you have a breakdown, break stuff safely here. Bring in an object you’d particularly like to smash, or use their provided teacups, TVs and more. This is easily the best way to crush objects with a sledgehammer that doesn’t involve littering or cleanup on your part. Let it all out at Break Room.
The Aroma Labs
326 W Kalamazoo Ave. #309, Kalamazoo
You could spend years trying to find the perfect perfume for you in a store somewhere, OR you could head to The Aroma Labs and cook up your own unique scent. This shop in Kalamazoo offers private events where you come in and smell dozens of aromas before mixing them together to make your perfect signature fragrance. Or, if you know your scents, just order a blend online and have it shipped to your house!
The Woodhouse Day Spa
2060 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Many people save the full-service spa trips for vacations, but chances are you haven’t traveled in a while. Woodhouse Spa is right in our backyard, and it offers just about everything you could ever ask for, from a heated neck wrap and herbal tea to mani-pedis, a variety of massages, clawfoot tubs, facials and more. It’s perfect on your own or with a partner to celebrate a special day.
Wanderlux Beauty & Wellness Spa
713 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Wanderlux is a local spa that really focuses on beauty and wellness. There’s an infrared sauna, a variety of massages, energy healing, facials, peels, brow and lash treatments, sugaring and more. If you want to really treat yourself without necessarily making a full day of it, this is the place to be. Thanks to a high-level, yet personal touch, Wanderlux has loyal customers who are always itching for their next visit.
1555 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
If you’re tired of society and want to get away for an hour, Phlot is here for you. Step into complete solitude as you enter a nice, warm Epsom salt tank that reduces all external stimuli to a minimum. All you have to do for one hour is float — no one will ask anything else of you. In today’s world, what more could you want?
MAKEUP AND MAKEOVERS
One great way to feel better about yourself is to get a makeover or treat yourself to new makeup. Of course, there are tons of places to do that in West Michigan, but a few great local options include: Fox Naturals, a health and beauty shop full of locally made, natural skincare solutions; Makeup BLVD, a team of talented makeup artists and beauty professionals in Grand Rapids; Lorde Beauty, a local shop that has just about everything you could ever need when it comes to beauty.
Not everyone loves the same or treats, so if your idea of a luxury is finally getting that tattoo or piercing you’ve wanted, do that now! Or if you want something nice at home, order wine from local wineries. If you’re tired of the snow, head to Oasis Hot Tub Gardens to warm up. Find what works for you and make that your treat!