The Leechpit dandifies the lives of its customers with vintage duds, records, collectibles, and art salvaged from back in the day. Providing shoppers with wares from roughly the 1940s through the 1990s, The Leechpit stocks garments such as throwback T-shirts ($20) and a clutter of belt buckles ($15). Waists can be graced with the inspiring logo of Jack Daniels or the all-American shrieks of an eagle demon. Customers can browse through Adam Leech’s hand-carved hobo nickels for a creative approach to fiscal austerity. Records collected from multiple musical movements, from jazz to punk, industrial, and psychedelic, spice up silent basement apartments or double as drivers on a vintage disc-golf course.
Optique de Mel's optician owner, Mel Clague, personally assists customers while cultivating a stylish garden of designer frames and lenses for men, women, and children. Pick a set of eye fences from the almost 40 frames populating the Richard Scot collection, which pairs thin, impact-resistant lenses with metal, plastic, or handcrafted frames available in two to three colors. An invisible, anti-reflective coating covers each lightweight, UV-resistant lens to improve night driving, thwart fluorescent lighting fatigue, combat computer glare, and increase the chance of victory during staring contests with laser-eyed robots. It typically takes at least a half hour for Clague to properly fit glasses before sending a courier owl to the land of frame-forging with the order, expecting the majestic creatures to return 2–5 days later with the personalized spectacles. Each lens is then carefully finagled into its home on-site. The one-year limited warranty covers manufacturer defects to guarantee a level of quality normally reserved for the royal retinas of duchesses, dukes, and calculator salesman.
Elite Vision maintains eye health and focuses blurred vision with the help of advanced optical technology. It is one of the few practices in Colorado that determines glasses prescriptions with the Topcon CV-5000 refraction system, it uses digital fundus photography to evaluate eye health without dilation, and all of its medical documents are electronically stored and encrypted to protect each patient's privacy.
Onsite docs fit patients for new specs by designer brands such as Armani, Juicy Couture, Oakley, and Gucci. Lenses can be customized to be especially light or to have nonglare coating or progressive thicknesses. The selection of contacts includes some that can be worn and slept in for 30 days straight, and the sportswear collection includes glasses designed specifically for cycling, hunting, running, and train-spotting.
With more than 386 locations dotting North America, JCPenney Optical's ubiquity is matched only by its extensive selection of contact lenses and designer frames that includes brands such as Armani Exchange, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. Despite this wide reach, all lenses are cut at the same optical laboratory, ensuring a consistency of quality and a pretty good idea of where to look if your glasses run away from home. Each location has an independent state-licensed doctor of optometry, who can perform vision exams and help clients determine which type of vision correction will work best.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.