According to Vox Magazine, jewelry designer Kyle Batisch flourishes at revamping an old piece of jewelry as much as he does creating one from scratch. Often, customers will present him with an antique bracelet or necklace that belonged to a loved one with the request that he make it new again, often with a different jewel or an eye-catching new finish. With the help of Kyle’s jewelry-designer wife Tracy and custom-jeweler Kevin Oleson, KT Diamond Jewelers has created more than a thousand custom pieces of jewelry for clients to cherish for generations. Guests often come to the shop with specific ideas for their custom trinkets, which Kyle and Tracy sketch to make sure their vision aligns with the client's. Once on paper, Kevin takes over to carve the design into wax, fit the stones, and show the prototype to his customer before crafting the final masterpiece in metal. Once the metal has been cast, he cleans it and resets the stones, resulting in a new bauble designed to immortalize wedding vows or simulate the joy of winning an NBA championship.
The beauty experts at Answer Day Spa revamp iffy appearances through the careful application of scissors and files. Skilled stylists quell split ends over the course of approximately 35-minute haircuts (a $25 value), using sheers to reshape frenzied follicles, trained eyes to mold them sharply, and occasional ghost stories to add volume sans gel. During 45-minute Shellac manicures (a $35 value), techs file nails to pleasing lengths before clipping cuticles and applying goose-down-free coats of color. The shellac polish is long lasting and resistant to chipping, designed to stay fresh for up to two weeks.
Gotcha Costumes helps prep for parties with up to 2,000 costumes plus wigs, cosmetics, and accessories that transform kids, teens, and adults into iconic characters and spooky ghouls. Although availability may fluctuate, recent selections ($16–$40) include a Mary Poppins getup, flamenco garb, and Hansel and Gretel ensembles, all appropriate for Halloween gatherings or NATO summits. Wigs ($15–$39) help obscure natural strands, temporarily altering hair color, texture, and style. Noses and cheeks duck behind all manner of masks ($9.95–$29.99), and makeup ($3.99–$19.99) can add temporary wounds to a zombie costume, lighten complexions to round out a vampire outfit, or help conceal omnipresent third eyes.
Since 1896, Buchroeder's Jewelers has been adorning fingers, necks, and wrists with stylish rings, necklaces, and watches made by designers such as Charles Krypell, Gucci, and Rolex. Enhance ears with a pair of 14-karat white-gold diamond-stud earrings ($150+), showcase necklines with 14-karat white-gold diamond-solitaire pendants ($195+), or decorate a breadstick with a white-gold birthstone ring ($295). Buchroeder's Jewelers also offers an assortment of sterling silver and 18-karat yellow-gold jewelry from designer Judith Ripka ($350+) and custom-jewelry design services, which use a 3-D-modeling program to display the near-limitless combinations of styles, settings, gemstones, and embellishments.
Blackberry Exchange bedecks customers with new and pre-owned vintage fashions for men and women at their new, larger location. Y-chromosome owners can don a vintage Wrangler denim vest ($24), and ladies can casually strut their stuff in a red peasant top with a flashy floral neckline ($16) or show spirit in a Mizzou mini-skirt ($44). A vintage Christian Dior suit in vibrant red features a single breast jacket and cotton blend fabric ($124). Or, a customer can slip arms into a vintage denim jacket ($24), which keeps its wearer warm and attracts bees arranged in flower formations with its embroidered floral pattern.