When it’s the middle of December and stepping outside means bundling up in a sweatshirt, winter coat, heavy jeans, and boots, the first thing we complain about is the freezing temperatures. The second thing, for some, is how quickly pale skin sets in when the sun retreats for months.
Of the many tanning salons around campus, ISU voted The Sun Room on Hovey Avenue the best. With over 40 beds, patrons rarely wait for a tanning bed or service from the staff.
Students are drawn to The Sun Room for a few reasons, according to Amanda Garrelts, manager at the tanning salon.
“I think its probably the location and that we change our bulbs often. [Customers] do get a tan ... they’re getting more of their money’s worth,” she explained.
The Sun Room has 41 beds in all with eight different beds available to tanners, plus the Mystic Tan, which allows those trying to avoid some UV rays a chance to tan. Both the variety and students passing along their experience contributed to their first place win, Garrelts said.
“A lot of it has to do with word of mouth. And we have free tans for $5, and that gets a lot of people in the door and if they like it come back,” she added.
Coming in second was Ultimate Tan and in third South Beach.