Spalon is built for a rather specific market: owners of health and beauty businesses, like spas, salons (the name is some sort of mix of these two things), massage parlours, and yoga centres. Themes that target a very specific end-user like this are probably the future of themes, so look out for more of them throughout 2013.
In common with just about every premium theme out these nowadays, Spalon sports a slider on the home page. The logo at the bottom of the slider images is a nice touch, as are the coloured boxes you can overlay your images with.
Seeing as if you’re thinking of buying this theme you’re likely a business offering paid services, you’ll be pleased to know Spalon includes price list shortcodes, so you can effortlessly construct your own price lists, in the style seen below:
There are also shortcodes for things like buttons, columns, Google maps, YouTube and Vimeo videos, and more.
I’m a big fan of galleries with no space between the images, which is just as well because that’s how Spalon’s galleries work. You can choose from a 3 column gallery, like below, or 4 column. Click on an image and you get a lightbox popup with an in-built slider so you can easily get to the next photo in the gallery.
The sales page lists ‘unlimited colors’ as a feature, which usually means that the theme includes a colour picker so you can choose the colours of the page backgrounds, headings, link text, etc. As part of the demo, so far as I can tell, you can’t access this feature, but I’m sure it’s there. The sales page also lists a theme options panel as a feature, but again I can’t try this out in the demo, unfortunately.
Spalon comes with a number of custom widgets. As you can see below, you’ve got widgets for business hours, a photostream, recent tweets, etc.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that it is a good idea to check the comments thread of a theme you are thinking of buying on ThemeForest. Why? Because you can read the real comments of real buyers. The thoughts and feedback of those who have gone before you. It is perfectly normal for buyers to write in with questions or about problems they are having, especially in the early stages of a theme’s release. What you want to look for is how quickly and how helpfully the theme author replies. kaaz looks to be doing a great job of getting back to people to me, even accepting requests to add new sections (a client section, in this case) to the theme in the next release.