More than 25 years ago, licensed massage therapist and single mom Peggy Irvin was facing the challenges of raising two children on her own. Despite her personal struggles, Irvin dedicated her life to making other people more comfortable. She founded the original Body Massage Wellness Spa as a massage-only establishment, but through creativity and determination, has assembled a team of highly trained professionals and designed a space that is as soothing as the spa treatments on offer.
Guests sip warm cups of tea before a fragrant aromatherapy or deep-tissue massage, then head to a private room for a facial, Zerona laser body-contouring session, or Botox or Juvederm injection. During manicures, guests sit in cushy high-backed leather chairs facing wooden room dividers whose mirrored panels are ideal for admiring newly polished fingers or seeing how long you can make eye contact with yourself before it gets weird. To further banish quotidian stress, Irvin has outfitted the reception area with tranquil beige and blue-green earth tones and an abundance of plants.
The surgeons at Icon LASIK have sharpened the vision of more than 90,000 patients since 1999, including professional athletes John Elway, Tom Danielson, and Bode Miller. Using three types of LASIK lasers, the doctors are equipped to address a range of acuity impairments, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Before procedures, Orbscan mapping and measurement technology takes careful stock of the structure and power of each eye without revealing television watching habits.
Located in Sears stores or at adjacent offices, Sears Optical's independent optometrists screen peepers to determine accurate prescriptions and diagnose any health problems. As doctors position a refractive device over the eyes, flipping through lenses of varying strengths, patients describe the level of clarity with which they can see the purple zebra dancing in the far corner. In addition to the prescriptive exam, doctors may use eye drops to dilate the pupil to scrutinize the retina.
Though SEE Eyewear’s specs are only found in their stores, their designs sprout from imaginations around the world. Winner of reader's choice awards in cities ranging from San Francisco to Nashville, SEE Eyewear stocks its frames directly from fashionable frame crafters and passes on the savings of doing business at the source to customers. The company calls on fashion designers from France, Italy, and other style-conscious countries to create one-of-a-kind designs to be featured on store shelves and client faces. Before that happens, though, each potential frame goes through a rigorous design and review process to ensure its distinctiveness and quality before it can be added to the national eyewear shop’s exclusive coveted selection.
From cat-eye to horn-rimmed and perfectly round to wayfarer-inspired, the cost of each frame includes single-vision lenses, giving customers the simplicity of a flat price that doesn’t require customers to pay an extra prescription fee or mine their own bifocal quarry. SEE Eyewear also trains its staff members to be aesthetically savvy so they can find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, or fashion sense.
Since 1983, the certified opticians at Europtics have outfitted patients in Colorado with designer eyeglasses and sunglasses from around the world. Using their fine-tuned expertise and training, staff members pair each patient with an ideal set of eyeglasses using cutting-edge lens options that will fit the patient's prescription, lifestyle, frames, and budget.
This approach to eye care has certainly proved successful. Since their opening, Europtics has expanded their wide selection of designer eyewear to the Promenade Shops at Briargate in Colorado Springs in addition to their 4 Denver locations.
Optique of Denver's Dr. Marie Schaefer brings more than a decade of professional experience to each appointment. Those thinking of making the leap from glasses to contacts can take comfort in the fact that Dr. Schaefer can fit astigmatic, multifocal, spherical, and cone-shaped lenses. For those going the four-eyed route, optician Kristen Collins dolls out guidance on more than 700 frame styles from the likes of Kaenon, Lindberg, Oga, and Theo. She can also advise clients on more than 50 lens types.