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Nothing in Between Studio wants its customers to relax.

The nail salon opened the doors of its Tysons location on May 28, becoming one of the first retail tenants to take up residence in the Capital One Center development emerging near I-495 and the McLean Metro station.

Ongoing construction isn’t especially conducive to a stress-free environment, but Nothing in Between believes its emphasis on non-toxic products and wellness will prove enticing to the young professionals who populate the Tysons area.

“I really do think the aesthetic and experience and quality that we offer is very different, and we’re really excited to be able to offer that to the Tysons community,” Nothing in Between brand manager Amanda Vega told Tysons Reporter.

Nothing in Between opened its first location at 6410 Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church in November 2018.

A South Korean immigrant who worked in fashion before moving to Falls Church in 2014, founder Jade Kim Trusso wanted to offer an eco-friendly, cruelty-free option for nail care, avoiding the use of plastics, toxins, chemicals, and animal-based products like leather, according to Arlington Magazine.

Capital One Center then offered the business space for an expansion, according to Vega.

The studio’s reputation and mission made it an appealing addition to the development, Capital One Center Manager of Marketing and Community Affairs Meghan Trossen says.

“Nothing in Between’s great brand reputation in the Northern Virginia market and commitment to organic, non-toxic products stood out to our team,” Trossen said by email. “This zen oasis complements the dynamic environment at Capital One Center and has been a wonderful amenity to our mixed-use development.”

When Nothing in Between arrived in May, it was one of just two retailers operating at Capital One Center after Wegmans opened its 80,000 square-foot grocery store on Nov. 4, 2020.

The development previously had a City Works Eatery and Pour House, but the restaurant permanently shuttered last summer. The Starbucks at Capital One’s headquarters is also gone for good.

Since Nothing in Between opened, Capital One Center has add two dining options: Starr Hill Biergarten on The Perch and the Japanese restaurant Wren in The Watermark Hotel.

Vega says the development has been “very supportive” in helping market Nothing in Between and ensuring its success, even as Capital One’s return-to-office plans remain on hold.

While business was initially slow, it has picked up as more people have become aware of the new location, according to Vega.

“That Falls Church location, we do really well,” she said. “We’ve had clients come over that usually go to Falls Church, and they’ve come and tried Tysons.”

While the locations share a health-focused philosophy, massage services are only available at the Tysons site, which features four massage rooms as part of the team’s plan to ultimately expand beyond nail care to offer a wider range of wellness services.

The Tysons salon also aims for a more sophisticated atmosphere. Inspired by Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi, it has oak wood flooring, a tea bar, and paper lantern lighting.

The studio offers manicures, pedicures, and massages from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

Vega says walk-in customers are accepted, but she recommends making an appointment, since space is limited.

Nothing in Between doesn’t have any additional locations in the works, though some customers have asked about getting a salon in D.C. or the Ashburn area of Loudoun County, Vega says.

“We’re definitely open to the possibility if the opportunity is right,” Vega said. “But for right now, we’re focusing on two locations and continuing to build up our clientele.”

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The tattoo removal company Removery has acquired Vienna-based UnTattoo (courtesy UnTattooU)

A tattoo removal clinic in the Town of Vienna is ready for a fresh look.

UnTattooU announced this morning (Wednesday) that it has been acquired by fellow tattoo removal specialist Removery, an Austin-based company that formed in 2019 with the merger of four different tattoo removal businesses.

Located at 431 Maple Avenue West, UnTattooU opened in March 2014 as the first tattoo removal clinic in Northern Virginia to utilize PicoSure laser technology, which was fairly new to the industry at that time after getting federal approval in 2012.

The business offers free consultations and permanent makeup removal services in addition to tattoo removals.

“We are very excited for the opportunity that Removery provides for not only our team but also our clients,” UnTattooU owner Mark Chauteh said in a press release. “Joining the world leader in removal unlocks the vast network of locations and the combined knowledge and experience of the leading tattoo removal providers in the country to our clients. We are eager to take part in the continued growth and expansion of Removery and the tattoo removal industry.”

Chauteh will stay with Removery as its Vienna studio manager.

Removery announced the UnTattooU acquisition in conjunction with the opening of a new studio in Arlington and the acquisition of Pristine Laser Center in Orlando, Florida.

The company says it will rebrand the new sites over the next few weeks, and all locations will follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We are excited to continue our growth trajectory as we establish Removery throughout the U.S. and beyond,” Removery CEO Tom Weber said. “UnTattooU and Pristine Laser have built strong foundations in their regions–not only among people looking for fade and removal services but also top-notch tattoo artists. We appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received thus far, and look forward to a seamless transition as we bring the highest level of laser technology and global expertise to these new studios.”

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Ulta Beauty is moving into the former Performance Bike Shop space in Tysons’ Pike 7 Plaza

Ulta Beauty will be the next addition to Pike 7 Plaza in Tysons, property owner Federal Realty Investment Trust announced yesterday (Wednesday).

Purportedly the nation’s largest beauty retailer, Ulta Beauty will open its new location in the shopping center at 8350 Leesburg Pike in the spring of 2022. Over 25,000 products from more than 600 brands will be available for purchase in the new 10,000 square-foot space, according to a press release.

The company sells cosmetics, fragrances, skin care and hair products, and other beauty-related items.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ulta Beauty to Pike 7 providing the Tysons community and surrounding neighborhoods with an unparalleled and comprehensive beauty experience in one convenient location,” Federal Realty Vice President of Asset Management Deirdre Johnson said. “Ulta has revolutionized the beauty experience by inspiring confidence and encouraging inclusivity with self-care options for everyone.”

Ulta Beauty will replace the old Performance Bicycle Shop, two doors down from Staples.

This will be Ulta Beauty’s fourth Fairfax County location. According to its website, the Illinois-headquartered company currently has stores in Fair City Mall, Fair Lakes, and Bailey’s Crossroads.

Federal Realty recently submitted a rezoning application to Fairfax County seeking to build a drive-through restaurant in the Pike 7 Plaza parking lot. The proposal is still under review by the county’s planning and development department.

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COVID-19 prompted restrictions on personal grooming services for two months. Now with Virginia progressing with its phased reopening plan, people can get their hair cut or nails done professionally.

Today, Fairfax County entered the second phase of the reopening plan. Personal grooming services that have reopened are still by appointment-only under the Phase Two guidelines.

Personal care services were first allowed to reopen in the county on May 29. Currently, customers and employees must wear face coverings, and the businesses are limited to 50% capacity.

Let us know in the poll below if you’ve been to a salon, barber, spa, tanning salon and/or tattoo shop since the rollback started on the COVID-19 restrictions. If you have any interesting stories about haircuts at home, let us know in the comments section.

Photo by mostafa meraji/Unsplash

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Nightlife is zilch in Tysons at the moment due to the pandemic. After a brief hiatus, the “Tysons After Dark” series is back to highlight different online activities from local organizations and offerings from eateries that keep people busy once the sun goes down. 

To promote its tenents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tysons Galleria is offering various at-home activities and programming.

For those seeking lifestyle inspiration, the mall is offering five different courses from tenants, each of which help with interior design, personal style or food and drink, according to the web page.

For example, BoConcepts is offering free interior design advice from an expert. People can also explore the store digitally to see what’s showcased on the floor.

While spending more time at home, people are encouraged to take care of their health and step up their beauty routine with more offerings from mall vendors. Dolce Vita Salon & Spa is offering at-home hair touch-up kits for $65+ and the Tory Burch Foundation is offering a free wellness guide.

For those feeling crafty, the mall also now offers art project blueprints on its website as well.  Offerings include chalk art, origami and floral drawing tutorials.

Anyone who wants to pick up a bite to eat from the mall can also take advantage of a spend $50 get $20 deal at participating restaurants.

Photo via Anastasiia Chepinska on Unsplash

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Seva Beauty, a company that offers fast-casual spa treatments, is looking to come to Tysons Corner Center.

Its spot will be on the second level of the mall near Nordstrom, according to the mall’s directory. Seva Beauty offers brow shaping, facial hair removal, facial and lash “boosts,” makeup application and more, according to its website.

Currently, Seva Beauty is hiring full-time and part-time employees, a hiring manager told Tysons Reporter.

While the mall says Seva Beauty is “coming soon,” the studio probably won’t be open until Labor Day, the hiring manager said.

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