Voted No. 1 in 2012 by the readers of the Akron Beacon Journal, Novus Clinic was born 20 years prior from board-certified ophthalmologist Todd L. Beyer and optometrist Jerry Sude’s vision for a one-stop eye-care facility. To bring this idea to fruition, they first recruited a neuro-ophthalmologist and a second optometrist to their team and eventually constructed a 3,800-square-foot surgery center in 1998. The state-of-the-art center was built in response to the voices they heard asking for laser vision-correction procedures such as LASIK and cosmetic treatments. Dr. Beyer, also a certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, began performing face-lifts along with noninvasive skin treatments after he found himself fielding queries from more and more patients about dermal fillers, peels, and laser hair removal.
With the expanding list of offered services, the clinic shed its original title, System Optics, and was reknighted Novus Clinic in 2003. The word novus, which translates to “fresh and exciting” in Latin, more accurately encompasses the clinic’s multifaceted approach to ocular and anti-aging treatments. The doctors never forget the primordial soup from which they sprang, though, and still conduct eye exams and keep a venerable inventory of designer frames.
Everything old is new again at Looks Better On You, but that doesn’t mean that the boutique’s staff hangs just anything on the racks. The team scours blogs, broadsheets from abroad, and fashion columns to stay on top of the street styles that will become tomorrow’s couture. And though they fill the store with recognizable brands such as Coach, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren, the fashionistas always keep an open mind. If an unknown designer has an on-trend or pre-trend piece, they gladly snatch it up. To help guests make the most of the sartorial selection, in-house fashion consultants carry out color analyses, matching clothes to skin tone, hair color, and current mood-ring shade.
The optometrists and staff at OptiView Visions remedy fuzzy eyesight and magnify visitors’ sense of style by assembling pairs of fashionably corrective eyewear. Clients can experience the world in 20/20 clarity through prescription lenses that rectify common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia—also known as “getting older.” OptiView’s walls brandish a wide selection of brand-name frames from renowned manufacturers such as Coach, Guess, and Elegante.
Tempt summer breezes and mask barbecue-sauce stains in a black ruffle tank dress ($74) or tie-dye leggings ($79) by L.A.M.B. This season, shoppers can count on finding denim from William Rast, festival-ready rompers by Young Fabulous & Broke ($132), and sheer blouses by Diesel. Guys can scoop up Diesel tees, toddland jackets ($51 for a lightweight coaches jacket), and Hugo Boss shorts ($121). Accessories, such as Cheap Monday's envelope necklace ($29) or Alternative Apparel's emerald Pima scarf ($20), make affordable ensemble upgrades for transitioning from day job at the Pop Tart factory to nightly bourbon-and-ballroom dance parties.
It would take a keen pair of eyes to spot all of the frames on display at Ellet Vision and Jackson Eyecare. With hundreds of options from designers such as Polo, Guess, and Calvin Klein, the stores' staff has no shortage of options to suit every face shape. Along with prescription sunglasses and contact lenses, they stock safety glasses that protect eyes from debris while sawing rivals’ cars in half. Just bring your prescription in to one of the two shops, and the staff can match it to a style of your choice.