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Denver Post's Sunday Style Features Vitahl Medical Spa


Eyebrows running amok? Spider veins forming a web? Here's a snapshot of some of the newest and most interesting local retail:

Article by Suzanne S. Brown, Denver Post Staff Writer, DenverPost.com

Sneak chic: Selling limited-edition runs of sneakers from such companies as PF Flyers and Puma, the 400 opens later this week with a benefit and block party in the Golden Triangle. The company derives its names from the 400 people who were the cream of the social crop in late-1800s New York, said Randy Kleiner, one of the owners. "It's meant to denote exclusivity," said Kleiner, a brand marketer and one of several principals who offer creative, marketing and graphics services at the company, which doubles as a sneaker and accessories store.

For the party, 7-10 p.m. Thursday at 1010 Bannock St., the 400 is hosting the Recycled Soles block party to benefit the Sewall Child Development Center. Attendees are asked to bring donations of new or gently used adult and children's shoes. Drink specials will be offered by The Garage, and food will come from Wahoo's Fish Tacos.

The 400 opens to the public Friday, and regular hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 446-0400.

Plucky: Michelle and David Dinsmore, who have more than 30 years combined working in the cosmetics world, recently opened Brows on Upper 15th, in the Highland neighborhood.

"For some strange reason, brows have become my passion in life; I really enjoy it," says Michelle, who has been a freelance artist for such top makeup lines as Laura Mercier, MAC and Bobbi Brown.

She charges $20 for brow shaping. "I'd rather keep it affordable and have more clients," she says.

David Dinsmore has managed specialty-store cosmetics departments and is the go-to guy for skin-care advice. They also do makeup application, waxing, facials and massage. An exclusive makeup line is available, and clients can order custom colors. Call for hours, as they vary. Brows on Upper 15th, 2536 15th St. 720-855-3021.

Super spas: Day spas are no longer just for pampering. Men and women want wrinkles smoothed, spider veins eliminated and hair removed, but with nonsurgical procedures. Among the newest medical spas in town is Vitahl, which recently opened in Cherry Creek North.

Dr. Tahl Humes is medical director of the spa, which features laser treatments for veins, skin and hair removal, Titan laser skin tightening, as well as such injectables as Botox and Restylane. Massage, facials, microdermabrasion and waxing are also on the menu. The spa, which has seven treatment rooms, carries Jurlique and Alyria skin-care lines. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Vitahl, 251 Steele St., vitahl.com; 303-388-7380.

Family affair: With tile floors and walls the color of a Tuscan sunset, Arvilla Skincare and Spa is an oasis in the busy urban corridor of South Colorado Boulevard and Interstate 25. Tawnya Hutchinson owns the spa with her mother, Jacqueline, and her father built the space. The spa is named for Hutchinson's late grandmother. They have three treatment rooms and offer facials, peels, microdermabrasion, waxing, massages and soothing treatments for hands, feet and eyes at her spa. For rushed clients, they have "petite" services, 35-minute massages and facials.

Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and they're open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Arvilla Skin Care & Spa, 4340 E. Kentucky Ave., Suite 147, Glendale, arvillaskincare.com; 303-758-5145.

Hair apparent: Several popular salons in Denver are opening new locations:

After 27 years in downtown Denver, Shear Productions has expanded with a salon and spa in Belmar, opened by owner Janet Lombardi. The new location offers a full range of nail, hairstyling and color, makeup, skin-care and massage therapy services.

Hours are 9 am.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Shear Productions Salon and Spa, 385 S. Teller St; shearproductions.com; 303-934-5700

Bang Salon has a new outpost in Park Hill. Owners Rodger and Lisa Garcia wanted a neighborhood feel like they've had in the Washington Park location they opened six years ago, said publicist Dana Pluss.

The new salon has a "color bar" where clients can consult with technicians about choices in the Wella color collection.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., but the salon will stay open later if necessary. Bang Salon, 2200 Kearney St., bangsalon.net; 720-241-0355.

Planet Laboratories is teaming up with three businessmen to open Planet Laboratories/ Pure Spa in Tiffany Plaza. In addition to hair services, the salon and spa will offer makeup, massage, facial and nail services. The facility is expected to be ready for business by the end of the month, says Charlie Price, Planet's founder.

Planet Laboratories/Pure Spa, 7300 E. Hampden Ave.; 303-773-3441.

Stylish seconds: Looking for vintage clothing, resale maternity wear or children's dress-up wear? Invisible Colorado: The Resale Guide, which is updated three times a year, gives the 411 on 800 businesses along the Front Range selling a wide range of used goods. Pick up a copy at any Arc Thrift Store, or download one at invisible-co.com.

Getting the boot: When Sheryl Olson got a call earlier this summer from designer Angel Sanchez, who was looking for a pair of boots for "a very good customer," the Western-wear retailer didn't think much about it. Sanchez, known for his sophisticated wedding dresses and elegant evening creations, said his client was insisting on white boots to wear with her dress, but he was trying to talk her out of it. He wanted to know Olson's return policy before ordering a pair. Olson shipped him some $100 white lace-up boots and forgot about it until friends and customers began calling to say that the boots and Olson's Denver store, Sat'n Spurs, were featured in Life & Style, and People magazines.

As it turns out, the customer was actress Sandra Bullock, who wore the calf-high boots under her silk and tulle gown when she married Jesse James. To see Olson's full selection of boots and other Western wedding attire, go to satnspurs.com, or visit the store at 6452 E. Hampden Ave., 303-757-7787.

Staff writer Suzanne S. Brown can be reached at 303-820-1697 or sbrown@denverpost.com.