February and March were big months for the Santee Hollywood Tans. First, on a cloudy and rainy February Saturday that reminded folks why they might need a tanning salon, Hollywood Tans celebrated its “Re-Grand Opening” at their new location in the Marketplace at Santee Center (aka the Henry’s Center). This new space is a great improvement over their previous location near the Rubio’s – not that there is anything wrong with being near Rubios. The improvements are in the amount of interior space now available and the ease of parking, both of which the previous site lacked. Also they now face the parking lot rather than the blank side of another building across a narrow throughway with one strip of parking spaces.
On hand for the festivities were members of the Santee Chamber of Commerce and, in one of their last official appearances, 2009 Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, and 2009 Miss Teen Santee Nicole Ehlke. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, Chamber members shared welcomes and proclamations from the City and State. Inside, salon owners Debbie Kneeshaw and Erin Battle celebrated the day with a cake, and Smoothie King owner Greg Hagen provided drinks.
Cutting the Ribbon
Party Time at Hollywood Tans
2009 Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, and Santee Princess Michelle check out one of the Hollywood Tans booths
L-R: Sierra Billock (Miss Santee 2009), Erin Battle, Debbie Kneeshaw, Nicole Ehlke (Miss Santee Teen 2009)
Free Tan Day at Hollywood Tans
The second big event at Hollywood Tans was Free Tans Day on Saturday, March 6, kicking off the pre-summer tanning season. This is a major event at the Hollywood Tans Salons, and this year the Santee salon used the upcoming Academy Awards as part of their theme, “Red Carpet Ready.” The salon was decked out with balloons, red carpet, Hollywood street signs, and more. Gift bags were given out to lucky guests, and the “joint was jumping” with excitement.
As I have mentioned before, I’m not the salon tanning type, but I am impressed by everyone at the Santee Hollywood Tans. Debbie and Erin are dedicated to their clients, and the women who work there are always friendly and eager to help. The idea of stand-up tanning booths makes sense to me – less chance of falling asleep and getting cooked (not that the staff would let that happen), and more sanitary than lying down where someone else has been baking. Yes, I know they clean the beds off, but there is less space to clean this way and floors take less work. They can explain it all to you much better than I can.
Erin and Debbie “Go Hollywood”
Another Lucky Winner
If you’re looking to upgrade your tan for summer, you can check out Hollywood Tans at 9331 Mission Gorge Rd., in the Marketplace at Santee, or call them at 619-258-4248.