Organic aloe vera is the nourishing foundation upon which most Aloette Cosmetics products are built, a tradition that began more than 30 years ago when Aloette launched as a direct-sales company. Today the success of Aloette Cosmetics is still owed to its high-quality ingredients along with its network of knowledgeable aestheticians and independent beauty consultants who frequently host demo parties, provide product recommendations, and expertly apply chic milk moustaches. Spread throughout North America, the Aloette team personally educates customers about its skincare, makeup, and bath products, all of which carry a signature fusion of all-natural ingredients.
With an eye toward economy and ecology, many of Aloette's products feature refillable magnetic compacts that help clients save money while reducing packaging waste. In addition to its eco-friendly policies and support for Go Red for Women, the Atlanta based company's philanthropic efforts have included Astral Project 800, an initiative in which the Aloette corporate staff pledged 800 hours of volunteer service to local charities.
The female photographers at Bonjour Belle Photography are experts at highlighting subjects’ best features, ensuring images capture each customer in the best possible light. With a combination of makeup, flattering poses, and artful lighting, they draw viewers’ eyes to women’s natural beauty during their private boudoir shoots. To ensure natural-looking shots, photographers ask subjects to pose in their own outfits, ranging from lacy lingerie to men’s shirts.
Everyday Organic’s culinary wizards seek out chemical-, hormone-, and preservative-free ingredients from local farms to healthify mealtime with an organic menu that features light and fast eats alongside hearty sandwiches and salads. Starters encourage pre-entree nibbling on roasted-veggie dip, which perches atop pita wedges like a proud, amorphous bird of prey. Grilled, marinated tofu tumbles over tabbouleh salad, whereas provolone, muenster, and baby-swiss cheeses melt in unison inside a gourmet grilled cheese. Guests can wash down big bites with gulps of milk massaged from mature soybeans.
At the restaurant, a small service counter welcomes guests inside the cozy eatery, where chalkboards announce daily specials and sage-colored tables hover over cherry-wood chairs. White and beige walls soak up the sunlight that pours through a large storefront window, where budding local vegetables can watch their future careers unfold.
Evolve Clothing Lounge's owners, Geoff and Kelly Lester, stock their boutique shelves with hip garments, jewelry, and accessories for ladies and gentlemen alike. Alternative Apparel and Cardboard Robot tees ($18–$25) wrap torsos in fashion-forward fabrics, and Robbie French belts ($40–$50) thread through belt loops like leather model trains through a circuit of denim tunnels. Feather earrings ($22–$34) make lobes feel plucky, and masculine and feminine steel bracelets ($50) adorn wrists with eye-catching shine. Shoppers can stylize their noggins with Goorin Brothers hats ($30–$70) to achieve refined Madison Avenue appeal or to round out stylish magician costumes.
Artisan llyn strong has been fashioning finery for nearly 30 years, adorning outfits and abodes with upscale jewelry, ornaments, and glassware from her downtown studio-shop. Handcrafted custom jewelry gracefully adorns wrists, necks, earlobes, and Pegasus hooves, culling from countless combinations of precious metals, stones, and pearls ($99+). Shoppers can nab black-obsidian and sterling-silver earrings ($125), a sterling-silver and hand-caned, glass-bead bracelet ($105), or a piece from the latest "Gestures" line, which curls sterling silver and yellow gold into funky tendril earrings, necklaces, and rings.
Palmetto Shades, located in the heart of Clemson University, houses a spectrum of sunglasses, shoes, T-shirts and more from brands such as Jimmy Choo, Kaenon, and Costa Del Mar. Suncloud's Fantasy, Runway, and Daybreak styles evoke old Hollywood glamour with large rounded frames for ladies ($49 each), and Tonette sunglasses from Electric complement contemporary vision in a selection of bright, punchy colors ($69). The thick, clear arms on Oakley's Batwolf sunglasses in the Clear/Ice option keep men's temples visible at all times, and its bright blue lenses block out 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC light, and intimidate natural predators ($120). Classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer styles in colors such as black, tortoise, honey, light blue, and camo green can suit eyes of any gender ($119+).