Recognized by O, The Oprah Magazine and Allure, among many others, philosophy skin care products soothe weathered hides into silky-soft skin veneers. Fashioned from top-notch ingredients that are scientifically proven, medically accepted, and screened with head-nodding approval by particular ladies, philosophy products apply beautifying sheen one smear at a time. With a belief that the best cosmetic is healthy-looking skin, philosophy aims to buttress each customer’s mind, body, and spirit by making them look and feel their best. Sample plush moisturizers such as the popular “hope in a jar” (2 oz. for $38) or the epidermal cleansers such as “the microdelivery” (8 oz. for $25). Emanate fetching aromas with delightful fragrances such as “amazing grace” (2 oz. for $40).
After earning her master's Traditional Chinese Medicine in her native China, Dr. Zhen Hu emigrated to the Unite States, bringing with her knowledge of traditional acupuncture and ancient herbology. It wasn't long before she realized that the demand for such services in America rivaled that of her homeland. So, she opened her own herbal pharmacy and acupuncture practice, Hu Gi Acu-Herbal Center.
Since opening, she's incorporated a few more styles of holistic care into her business's repertoire. She now employs acupuncture not just as a means to relieve general symptoms, but in specific ways meant to help women's bodies bear the burdens of pregnancy. She also offers such tactile services as acupressure massage and reflexology??a form of foot massage purportedly capable of relieving tension throughout the entire body.
Merging fashion with crystal-clear vision, PerSpectacles’ staffers invite the nearsighted, farsighted, and those with 20/20 vision into their office, as they have done since 1993. And though the shop has changed locations a few times since its original opening, the staff’s dedication to personal service remains. Appointments begin with a thorough examination, during which one of the facility’s two doctors test for colorblindness, optic atrophy, glaucoma, and cataracts. From there, the doc prescribes lenses, if necessary, and clients can pick out stylish frames from a booming selection that includes brands by Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, and Mr. Peanut.
Nationwide Vision Center enhances patients' sight with eye care, eyewear, and advanced laser corrective procedures. During comprehensive exams, the eye care specialists seek out early signs of diabetes-related issues, glaucoma, and cataracts. The team of optometrists and ophthalmologists has also provided LASIK corrective treatments for over 35,000 clients using FDA-approved laser systems.
The store stocks over 1,200 frames from brands such as Guess, Prada, and Calvin Klein. For lenses, treatment options such as photochromatic auto-tinting and anti-reflective coating protect eyes from harsh rays and nightly tussles with the paparazzi.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Airbrush makeup and eyelash extensions
Brands Used: MAC, Smashbox, Makeup Forever, Temptu Airbrush Makeup, Minkys, Premier, and Blink Eyelash Extensions
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
Our decor is modern with a touch of a vintage flair. I use professional equipment and products, aromatherapy and soothing music to make my clients feel more relaxed and comfortable.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
The first thing I do is get to know my clients and find out what look they wish to achieve. I walk them through the service I'm about to preform so they know exactly what to expect. Then I put on their favorite music and allow then to sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
One last thing I want to add is my main goal is to strive for perfection. I am constantly expanding my knowledge on the latest trends and techniques and take extended and advanced learning courses to make sure I'm providing professional quality service to my customers. I want them to know that this isn't just my job. It's my passion, and I believe that shows through my work.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
My first love has always been bridal makeup artistry. To be apart of such a special day is truly an honor. There's nothing more gratifying then helping clients look and feel beautiful on such an important day. Even so, eyelash artistry is my newfound love. It still gives me that gratifying feeling of knowing I gave someone's confidence boost as they leave satisfied with the result.
Dr. Matesa Pringle, medical director of Global Integrative Medicine, has studied at two medical universities, trained as an acupuncturist under a Chinese doctor, and earned her certification as a life coach. Her multifaceted resume reflects her practice’s wide array of services, which include both Western and holistic treatments focused on healing the mind and spirit as well as the body. She and her team can address ailments ranging from chronic fatigue to multiple sclerosis, drawing on techniques such as acupuncture, allergy testing, and conventional physicals rather than just prescribing chicken noodle soup.