At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 37 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
Whether you’re a college kid or just want to dress like one, you’ll find all your casual wear needs fulfilled at this homage to all-American style. Founded in 1977, American Eagle Outfitters has expanded its reach to over 900 stores, including this Northpark Center location that’s filled to the brim with always-on-trend jeans, polo shirts and graphic tees for coeds, plus seasonal selections from bikinis to faux fur-trimmed parkas. Even after more than 30 years in the industry, American Eagle Outfitters has remained true to its outdoors-inspired, unfussy ethos, with a focus on quality materials and affordable pricing that means its customers won’t have to choose between buying school books and grabbing a new outfit off the racks.
The downtown Neiman Marcus location may be the flagship, but this Northpark Center outpost is certainly nothing to sneeze at either, with three massive floors catering to men, women and children. The cosmetics department at this outpost is known specifically for their high-performing makeup sales floor, which reportedly pushes more of the high-end mascaras, concealers and lipsticks than any other branch in the entire company. It’s surely thanks to the impeccably made-up staff, who will happily bronze, highlight and powder their customers to beauty perfection, before sending them off to explore other corners of the expansive multi-level retail space. An in-store Louis Vuitton boutique is a discreetly popular way to splurge on a fashion piece or emblazoned purse, and guests should be sure to stop by the Mermaid Bar downstairs for NM’s signature chicken salad and a glass of wine.
From nail repair to UV gels, Artistic Nails & Spa offers services and treatments that turn every finger and toe into a work of art. Acrylic, pink-and-whites, and glitter nails are a few examples of artificial sets that can ramp up nails that have been damaged or chewed by anxious winter gloves. To pamper clients, staff members also offer lavish treatments such as the luxury combo mani-pedi, which includes cooling gel, a foot mask, and a 20-minute massage. During all treatments, hands and feet receive the full attention of a technician, who dotes over each extremity with patience and polish. The nail spa bookends its service menu with skilled nail art and quick polish changes for on-the-go clients.
At Rescue Cell Phone, certified technicians restore electronic investments, such as smartphones, iPods, iPads, and gaming systems, backing up their work with 90-day warranties. The phone physicians quickly replace screens, batteries, and buttons within 15 minutes, providing walk-in customers just enough time to browse a wealth of accessories or try on their phone's protective case. In addition to repairing external components, the tech-savvy team unlocks phones and recovers data while maintaining security and confidentiality. Gamers may also take advantage of the circuit navigators' abilities to commune with and restore consoles such as Xbox 360s, PS3s, and Wiis.