'A little mini-vacation'

Both of the new tanning salons are about 1,500 square feet with about 14 tanning booths. They also offer spray tans.

Safari Beach Tan is now gearing up for the traditional busy season in March, April and May, when people get tan for high school dances or to get ready for beach season in the summer. But the customer base has been getting more diverse.

"The older generation comes in just to feel better," he said. "Especially now with seasonal depression, some people just come in for a little mini-vacation, to get out of the house during COVID and winter. It's a nice 10-minute mini-vacation that makes people feel better."

For more information, visit safaribeachtan.som or call 219-322-3228 for the Dyer location or 662-4100 for Crown Point.

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