B.S.NANIMIMA, British Columbia — As the sun sets over Nanaimo’s downtown, two employees walk past a giant sign for sun-drenched tanning beds.
They’re the only people I’ve ever seen in Nanaimos tanning suite.
But this year, they’re also the only ones who can afford the service, so they can make it to the sun without paying extra.
That’s because the tanning rooms, called sun towers, are owned and operated by SunTower Corporation, which specializes in sun protection and UV-blocking devices.
Sun towers are the perfect shade for a city like Nanaimoc, which has a summer heatwave and a winter heatwave.
But it’s not cheap.
For each room, the company charges $1,800 to $2,500.
The company says it makes its money on fees, which the company says are usually around 1% of the price of the room.
Sun Tower is also notorious for its poor customer service.
For example, when my daughter and I visited, the staff at the Nanaimocon tanning room didn’t give us a full refund for our time in the room — even though we didn’t pay.
I was worried about what I was going to find at the door.
Sun Tower has a reputation for its rude staff, but the service has always been great, said Nanaimoca resident Erin Johnson.
I feel bad for my customers.
I’m not a huge fan of rude service.
I don’t want to be rude to customers.
I had a very good experience with Sun Tower.
It’s been five years since I’ve had a bad experience, Johnson said.
But I’m glad to report that the company has been responsive.
The company says Sun Tower is working to improve customer service, but Johnson said she hopes Sun Tower will be around longer.
The Nanaimocal tanning salon was one of many places I visited last week that had a Sun Tower tanning bed available for the price I was paying.
My daughter and her sister were in their 20s and were looking for something a little more casual.
The room is the size of a bathtub and cost $1.50 per hour, which is less than half the average cost of a sun tower in the Vancouver area, according to Sun Tower’s website.
Sun tower also offers a “battery” system, which costs $40 per hour and provides about 30 minutes of sun exposure.
But, unlike a sun pool, it’s also not the cheapest option.
Johnson said the battery system is the only way to get sun exposure, which she said would have been more comfortable and enjoyable for me and my daughter.
I think they’ve done a really good job in the past, Johnson added.
I think they’re a great business and they have a great reputation.
We’re definitely going to try to stay on their good side, she said.
I’ve always had good experiences.
I’m definitely going back and see if there are any other sun towers nearby.