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In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms. Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
4685 Morse Rd
Columbus,
OH
US
Original Flair Salon—recipient of the 2011 Best of Reynoldsburg Award from the U.S. Commerce Association—beautifies clients with a diverse menu of hair, skin, nail, and body services. The salon's Egyptian décor, soft candlelight, and trickling waterfalls add a soothing touch to each service. In the Gentleman’s Room, barbers with more than 26 years of combined experience groom men with cuts, fades, beard trims, and razor shaves. And throughout the day, trained aestheticians revitalize exteriors with skin services such as aromatherapy facials, which nourish and moisturize with fragrant blends of essential oils, herbs, and fruit that's fallen close to the tree, rather than far from the ground.
1418 Brice Road
Reynoldsburg,
OH
US
The staff at Allvera Body Wrap & Wellness Center's Dublin location and recently opened location in Grandview is dedicated to balancing body and mind. To do this, aestheticians, acupuncturists, and massage therapists offer a slew of aesthetic and holistic services, including hot-stone therapy, acupuncture, facials, infrared sauna sessions, and signature herbal body wraps that are soaked and heated to 150 degrees. The center also pampers clients with its use of high-end products including bareMinerals and HydroPeptide skin care lines.
7420 Sawmill Rd.
Columbus,
OH
US
Pampering the coiffures of Columbus residents for 29 years, Gina’s offers a rock ‘n’ roll-themed spot for trimming locks and obtaining a new look. Drop by to wind down from the daily hustle and bustle, snip overgrown scalp bushes, and hypnotically scan the Rolling Stones memorabilia as if it contained the secret formula for inventing low fat cottage cheese.
1279 Grandview Ave
Columbus,
OH
US
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker. As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes. Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
3467 Cleveland Ave
Columbus,
OH
US
After serving his country in the US Army, veteran Keith L. Wilson focused his energy on his second passion: cutting hair. At his eponymous barbershop, Keith channels the spirit of old-school hair-cutters, grooming 'dos with several classic styles and delicately trimming beards. To remove facial hair all together he relies on old-fashioned straight razor shaves, complete with hot lather and steam towels. For promoting hair growth, on the other hand, Keith and his fellow barbers use Nioxin products, designed specifically for thinning locks. Besides discounts for his fellow military personnel, Keith offers complimentary grooming to individuals currently homeless or living in poverty.
4222 East Broad Street
Columbus,
OH
US
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