Independent Records & Video stocks a superb selection of new and used CDs and LPs, DVDs, and games. Invite the eccentric musical stylings of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two ($9.95) into your eardrums, pick up Jimi Hendrix's recently released posthumous studio album, Valleys Of Neptune ($6.97 used), or pan for gold in stacks of classic and contemporary blues, jazz, electronic, and pop music. To rest eyes weary from searching old copies of National Geographic for photos of giant pinecones, take a look at Independent's stock of movies, which are available on DVD and Blu-ray and span every genre and time period. Classic comedies such as Caddyshack ($9.99) line shelves alongside newer releases that dive deep into unexplored depths of Earth and man (Oceans costs $28.99, season seven of Curb Your Enthusiasm costs $32.99.) Though stock varies in each store, Independent is committed to customer satisfaction and will place a special order at no extra charge.
The pinup girl coyly lounging in Vogue Laser Clinic’s logo captures the playful attitude of the staff here. They work to create a fun and welcoming environment for women and men alike—a place where anyone can come in and improve their look. Many of their aesthetic treatments—be it hair removal, tattoo removal, or spider-vein removal—are performed with a laser, but the team also specializes in good old-fashioned spa services, such as facials, massages, and waxing below the bloomers. In an effort to spread beauty and confidence throughout the community, Vogue Laser Clinic doles out free wigs to women going through chemotherapy or suffering from other forms of medical hair loss.
When customers first walk through the doors of Sun Spot Atlantic, they find themselves inside the S.S. Atlantis, complete with portholes, pressure gages, and a front desk that resembles the ship’s bridge. The hallways are lined with 25 traditional and standup UV tanning beds that span four levels of intensity. There’s also a heated VersaSpa spray-tanning booth that delivers a full-body tan without exposure to UV rays or the sun’s notoriously bad breath. A handful of automated spa services are tucked away inside private cabins, including a thermal massage bed, a red-light collagen bed, and a hydration station that moisturizes skin.
Ceres' Kitchen is a dedicated gluten-free facility that specializes in hypoallergenic baked goods and prepared meals. One of the most popular items among the wide variety of dairy-free and gluten-less breads, bagels, and rolls ($3.50–$7) is Ceres' white sandwich bread ($5.50). The Ceres' Kitchen dessert department includes chocolate-chip cheesecake ($16) and two-layer chocolate cakes ($26) (special-order wedding cakes are also available). For families who can't stomach gluteny pizzas, Ceres' Kitchen builds take-and-bake pies. Classic pepperoni ($11) pleases all meat-and-cheese enthusiasts and most meat-and-potato types, too. A pre-baked blank pizza crust canvas ($4.50) can quickly go straight from the freezer to the toppings artist and then into the kiln.
Colorado Springs Gazette’s Gold Winner for Best Children's Clothing Store of 2011 and 2010, Recess stocks quality preowned children’s clothing and new items handmade by local artisans for kids size 0–10. Name brands such as Gymboree, Baby Lulu, and Gap drape over wood hangers throughout the cozy boutique, with daily additions reflecting changing trends and moon phases. Only displayed if in perfect condition, shirts, shoes, and dresses are generally priced around half of their original retail value. Doll up a wee one in fine fluff with locally made tutus ($10–$14) and hairclips ($3–$6), or prepare your nephew for his first play-date with a handsome beanie ($6–$10). Flashdance ambitions are catalyzed in newborns with a warm pair of BabyLegs ($10–$12), displayed beneath chandeliers in Recess’s repurposed, sky-blue shingled Victorian house.
What's In Store specializes in home furnishings and decorative goods bursting with warmth and personality. Sidle up to their inviting storefront and peruse an array of striking wares from vendors such as Lampe Berger, Uttermost, The Ashton Company, Surya, and more. Dimly lit tree houses can be amply illuminated with lamps starting at $40, outfits pizzazzed with fashion jewelry starting at $10, and candles saddled in a wide variety of candle holders (prices range from $5–$200). Lampe Berger fragrances and air-freshener lamps ($20–$100) are handy for masking the scents of Thanksgiving leftovers lodged in between couch cushions, while lit flowers from The Light Garden ($39–$75) are a practical alternative to roaring living-room bonfires. A helpful staff assists shoppers in picking out the perfect items to accentuate homes with fetching furnishings as opposed to a collection of hissing polecats.