In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
Razzles, Sky Bars, Zotz, Bull’s Eyes. The sisters who co-own The Village Sweet Shoppe purposely stock a section of nostalgic candies whose names leave most contemporary youths scratching their heads. Nonetheless, visitors of all ages grow wide-eyed over rows and rows of bins filled with colorful gummy bears, sour watermelons, malt balls, nonpareils, espresso beans, and taffies, and many find themselves sneaking a bite the moment their self-served scoops are rung up. Like Proust's madeleine cake or George Washington's boyhood wig, the candies transport visitors back to their childhoods, which was the ultimate goal of proprietors Joie Smith and Kate Mayer. When they're not tracking down hard-to-find sweets, the sisters take their goods on the go, stocking candy buffets or chocolate fountains at local weddings and birthday parties.
At New Attitudes Salon, talented stylists and aestheticians pamper clients with a spectrum of hair, skin, and body treatments. To keep hairdos in line and up to date, a CHI master educator can glide her scissors through locks or apply a flattering, ammonia-free color. Facials employ potent ingredients such as volcanic ash and glycolic acid to tighten pores and even out tone, and body scrubs refresh below-chin skin with mixtures of sea salt and organic essential oils. Treatment rooms fill with therapeutic scents of vanilla, lavender, and peppermint during spa appointments, ensuring clients leave with minds as calm as the audience at a snail race.
Just past Chic Underneath’s front doors, black chandeliers shine down over lingerie in a range of sizes, with each lacy garment lending a splash of color to the shop's white walls and floral bouquets. In addition to sultry wedding day and honeymoon underthings, the boutique stocks bridal shower gifts and staffs personal shoppers and bra-fitting specialists that make sure purchases feel as good as they look. To ensure that the skin exposed by a new piece of lingerie is as smooth as a seal's favorite scotch, a licensed aesthetician remains on hand to wax bodies from the eyebrows to the ankle bracelets.
Dr. Steven Yarinsky spruces up facial façades with an array of high-tech surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. After a five-year general-surgery residency, Dr. Yarinsky devoted two years to intensive study in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Every three years, he returns for 150 hours of additional schooling to brush up on the latest treatments. Whether he's working on the face, breasts, tummy, or antlers, the doctor strives to keep final results natural in an effort to bolster patients' confidence in their own beauty. Dr. Yarinsky performs all Botox and filler treatments. Alongside the doctor, a team of highly trained nurses, techs, and licensed massage therapists perform med-spa treatments such as laser procedures, BioMedic peels, and microdermabrasion.
It's possible to walk into Cheveux Design and walk out looking completely different. That's because their full menu of salon and spa services cover clients from scalp to toenails with hairstyling, manicures, waxing, and facials. As a Paul Mitchell signature salon, the staff drizzles Paul Mitchell products into hair during color treatments, straightening, and designer cuts.