About Us

our mission

Our mission at Shades Atelier is to ensure every client feels bold, beautiful and confident when they leave our studio by enhancing their unique and natural beauty. We are truly dedicated to promoting the health and safety of sunless tanning and teeth whitening. Shades Atelier will offer clients the highest quality products in sunless tanning, natural whitening gels and premium experiences with top-of-the-line equipment along with exceptional service. We have one rule: You may not apologize for body fat, cellulite, wrinkles, veins, scars, body shape or anything else that has to do with your appearance. You are perfectly and wonderfully made. Now enjoy that beautiful, more confident shade of you! Cheers!
– The Shades Team

Proud to be Aggie-Owned & Operated

Photo of Brenna Dietz, owner and founder of shades atelier

Brenna Dietz

Owner & Founder

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” – Sophia Loren

I am a follower of Jesus, wife, mother of two adorable kiddos and an Aggie (class of 2009)! With a family history of melanoma, I discovered spray tanning a few years ago (Thanks to Mel!). After years of being spray tanned every week, Mel and I decided to create a luxury experience to serve the Bryan/College Station area. I’ve completed multiple spray tan training sessions and obtained a teeth whitening certification. Your visit will not just be about how you look, but how you FEEL while you’re with us and after. I hope that when you leave our studio you feel pampered and are reminded that it is ok to pause and care for yourself.. and, believe you are beautiful!

Photo of Melissa Buchanan, owner and founder of shades atelier

Melissa Buchanan

Owner & Founder

“Beauty has so many forms, and I think the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself.” -Kiesza

I am a Bryan native and Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2009! Having been born and raised in Bryan and now raising my own family here, supporting the local community and uplifting girls and women are a passion. As such, Shades can be seen playing an active role in giving back to our local community and school organizations. My goal is to help give women (and men) more confidence using some of the best and safest products on the market. As a melanoma cancer survivor, sharing sunless tanning and its health benefits are a top priority. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Providing our community with a safe alternative to tanning beds is more than just a business for me; it is a lifesaver.

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