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The Sun Club sheds light on tanning techniques

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Melnaie Ramey displays one of the three Tropical Rayz tanning beds.
SIKESTON - It isn't just about tanning, said Melanie Ramey, owner of The Sun Club. It is about education and knowing the benefits of proper skin care.

That, said Ramey, is her goal as she opens her new tanning business at 764 N. Main St.

"I've always been the type of person who has enjoyed helping people," said Ramey. "When I decided to open a tanning salon I knew I could educate people about tanning, tell people that overexposure to ultraviolet rays can be harmful and sunburn should be avoided at all costs, however, moderate UV exposure has its benefits. Plus, when you look good, you feel good."

Ramey has worked to create a unique look for her business. A large sun greets customers as they enter the front office where she has created a tropical-theme complete with tiki torches and grass fringe.

With the relaxed atmosphere Ramey said she wanted to give her customers the feeling that they were somewhere far away.

At The Sun Club customers can use one of the three Tropical Rayz tanning beds. The beds feature a separate facial tanning lamp, which can be turned off and on depending the on customer's preference.

According to Ramey, these beds, with the high-intensity bulbs above and below enable user to get a tan in a shorter amount of time.

Also available is the Tropical Rayz South Beach VHR stand-up booth. The highly reflective booth provides the largest standing area on the market for tanners and allows users to tan faster and deeper.

"The advantage is that you don't have to tan as often when you use this booth," she explained.

All of the tanning times are computer-controlled which ensures accuracy in exposure length. The computers, the owner said, also provide accurate input on the use of the bulbs.

And for those who don't want to spend time in front of the bulbs, The Sun Club provides airbrush tanning. The aloe-based spray goes on the body to give the appearance of a natural tan.

Customer service is an important part of her business, said Ramey. She explained that as part of the service she ensures each of the tanning booths is clean after every use and customers will find packets waiting with towels, wipes and other amenities.

Customers can also find an array of tanning products and lotions at The Sun Club. Brands carried include Designer Skin and Emerald Bay with Fiesta Sun products being added later this fall.

The owner said she is continually adding clients since opening in August and is planning a grand opening celebration in October. As part of this opening, she said there will be specials and drawings conducted.

While Ramey said she chose her new business because she knew she could assist others with tanning, she added she is still learning. This fall she will attend the world expo in Nashville, Tenn., for tanning businesses. Here she plans to receive her Smart Tanning certification which will be conducted by the Indoor Tanning Association.

A worldwide certification, Ramey explained it not only will enable her to improve her business skills but also increase the services she can provide customers.

"And the expo will give me a chance to preview the newest equipment and lotions," she said.

Continuing to add to her knowledge and expand her lines, Ramey said is just part of her business plan. "As a professional tanning salon owner, it is my responsibility to look out for my guests," she said. "I monitor their tanning progress and ensure they are getting the most for their money. Rest assured my younger guests are monitored closer too. I plan on operating a professional tanning salon where customer service is No. 1. If my customers are happy, then I will be happy."

The Sun Club is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday with a change in hours planned later this winter. The hours along with pricing, information about The Sun Club and monthly specials can also be found at www.thesunclub.net.