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Vol. LXIV, No. 8
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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It’s New to Us by Jean Stratton

LOOKING GOOD: “Gift certificates are a wonderful way to introduce someone to the benefits of the spa or salon. Valentine’s Day is almost here, and Mother’s Day is coming up. This is a great way to remember someone special.” Terry Cerf Carr is owner of Metropolis Day Spa and Salon in the Princeton Shopping Center.

Gentle, Soothing Care and Quality Products Are Highlight of Metropolis Day Spa and Salon

Tender treatment is the key to Metropolis Spa and Salon at the Princeton Shopping Center. If you want to pamper a special Valentine, give her or him (or yourself!) a gift certificate for one or more of the spa’s many services devoted to body revitalization and rejuvenation.

“We have designed a truly luxurious setting, where your every need is pampered in the most natural and relaxing atmosphere,” explains owner Terry Cerf Carr. “Forget the hectic routine of daily life, while you relax and enjoy our extensive services. You need mental and physical relaxation in this stressful world. Our spa offers total relaxation and rejuvenation of body and mind for men and women of all ages. This isn’t a luxury anymore. It’s a basic necessity.”

Indeed! And where to begin? Metropolis offers such a wonderful array of “balm for the body” that any choice is bound to be beneficial. Massage, facials, hydrotherapy and other body treatments, pedicures, and manicures are all available. You can choose individual treatments, or from a series of combination packages lasting from a few hours to a full day.

In addition, of course, Metropolis is a full-service hair salon, featuring the latest styles, techniques, and products.

Over The Top!

“We have an exciting new color product, Inoa, from L’Oreal,” says Ms. Cerf Carr. “It will be over the top! It’s a new way to color hair, a new technology. It’s permanent and ammonia-free color. There’s no burn, no stain, and no odor. When the hair is washed, the color molecules stay in the cortex of the hair, so it’s not rinsed out. And it’s shinier and fades less.

“It’s safer for the hair, and after six applications, the hair is like virgin hair. But you can see the effects right away, with the first application. It’s the most exciting thing that has happened during my career in the hair industry. And clients love it! It was launched just two months ago. Only 50 salons have it nationwide in the U.S., and we are one of them.”

The salon’s customers are all ages — kids, men, and women, and they benefit from Metropolis’ careful attention to customer service and its belief in on-going education. “We have workshops on a weekly basis,” points out Ms. Cerf Carr, “and our staff regularly attends seminars all over. There are always new things coming along, new advances, new techniques, new ways to correct color problems, etc.”

Another new product is available at Metropolis, she adds, and is a major breakthrough in tanning. “This is ‘Chocolate Sun’! It’s a body hydrating treatment that makes you tan. It is the only tanning treatment in the world that is totally green. It is 100 percent natural, with no chemicals.”

Cocoa Glow

Containing such ingredients as cocoa and arnica, the solution is sprayed on the client by a technician specially trained in the procedure. “It works for all skin types, and it gives a nice color — cocoa glow,” notes Ms. Cerf Carr. “Also, it hydrates you, in contrast to self-tanning which can be drying. It lasts up to two weeks, and we also have a home treatment.”

In keeping with Metropolis’ policy of offering the best new treatments and products available, there is yet another break-through treatment now being offered, she adds.

“It’s a new manicure system, Axxium, which is a new technology that builds up protein in the nail bed. It’s put on under a light and lasts longer than typical nail polish. It can also be used for pedicures.”

Ms. Cerf Carr, a licensed cosmetologist, is very pleased that both the salon and spa continue to attract new customers, as well as keeping those of long-standing.

“It makes me proud to see our clients, many of whom have been with us a long time — ever since we opened in 1994. Even in a difficult economy, people come to the spa and salon. It’s a stressful society today, and we can help people to relax. The best part is helping clients look and feel better about themselves. We try to do all we can to help, including offering monthly discounts on a regular basis.”

A facial or massage can be incredibly relaxing, and a new hair cut or color enhancement, such as highlights, can produce a happy new look for winter. The options in all of these categories are extensive. A variety of facials and massages, geared to individual needs and tastes, is offered, as well as body wraps, hydrotherapy treatments, hot stone massages, micro-dermabrasion, vitamin infusion, waxing, and electrology, among many others.

Natural Look

In addition to styling and cuts, scalp treatments and massage, thermal straightening, and hair extensions are available as well as the various coloring techniques, including artistic foils, placement and custom-blended tones and shades, for a consistent and natural look.

Make-up lessons and applications are also offered, including options for bridal parties.

Several combination packages are popular ways to introduce someone — or yourself — to Metropolis’ array of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. They range from two or three services up to an ultimate “Day of Rejuvenation” with six services and lunch! Clients may also customize their own package.

“We look forward to continuing to build the company and offer different venues,” says Ms. Cerf Carr. “For example, we will soon be bringing in a plastic surgeon, and we will be able to provide Botox and other injectables.

“I believe that because of our focus on continuing education, the skill of our stylists and colorists, and the quality of our service and treatments in the spa, we are different than other salons and spas. And we have a wonderful management staff. Our priority is always our clients. We also rent out the spa for private or corporate parties.”

Metropolis is open Monday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call (609) 683-8388 or visit

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