A familiar business in Maryville has a completely new look. The Tanning Bed at 311 Foothills Mall Drive has re-opened under the new ownership of Kevin and Karla Gourley. Since it has been open for more than 20 years, many people in Blount County know of The Tanning Bed. Although the name and location remain the same, the Gourleys have completely remodeled the exterior and interior of the business.
Manager Stephanie Forster said The Tanning Bed is now also offering spray-on tanning for those who can’t afford the time to do a conventional tan or who burn easily.
“Basically I use an air compressor and a spray gun and apply the spray myself. The spray tan lasts anywhere from seven to 10 days depending on how well they maintain it,” she said. “It takes about 20 minutes to do it. It’s a little better than a booth because it’s more personal and we can get areas where booths might miss the whole side of an arm.”
Forster said individuals must be sure to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin, lotion, deodorants, perfumes and make- up before they get the tan sprayed on them. “They have to come in clean and dry,” he said.
Forster said they charge $30 a visit for spray-on tans and soon there will be two spray technicians, so it will be easy to get appointments. “We can also, depending on skin type, make the solution darker,” she said. “This is good for people who have a wedding, a prom or for people who can’t be in the sun. Some people burn too easily. This works good for them.”
The Tanning Bed offers various types of beds and tanning packages for every need. Currently, there are 14 tanning beds to choose from with different tanning levels, one through four. The level four bed is the Orbit. With four facial tanners and 44 bronzing bulbs, it is a top-of-the-line bed that can be used daily or once every one-to-two weeks for tan maintenance. For level four tanning, there are three lay down beds and one stand up bed to choose from. All of the level one and two beds lay down.
Prices vary according to the bed level desired and the frequency of your visits. Customers can purchase monthly, minute, or yearly tanning packages, which start as low as $19.99. The Tanning Bed also offers a special $30 monthly package (bed levels one through three) for high school and college students who present their current school I.D.
New hours for The Tanning Bed are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.