The team at Grandville Optical do more than care for eyes?they also care about their community. When owner and certified optician John Schlafley and optometrist Chad Jackson aren?t examining eyes or crafting glasses, they are organizing food drives and serving in local organizations. That same warm spirit fills their optical boutique, where they tend to clients in a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere. They display their carefully curated selection of designer frames?which includes names such as Marc Jacobs, Kliik, and Europa International?in elegantly spotlighted cases that stand against exposed brick walls.
While the office sports the cozy feel of a traditional coffeehouse, Schlafley and Dr. Jackson stock the environs with decidedly modern technology. They advise patrons of the latest advancements in lens manufacturing and treatments, and perform exams to diagnose potential issues and keep eyes healthy. Schlafley is also trained in a specialized soldering technique that allows him to expertly repair metal frames crushed by excessive squinting.
After spending more than 25 years perfecting the balance between technical know-how and attentiveness to patients' needs, Michael Crete, DDS, was named the best dentist in 2012 by Grand Rapids Magazine. Dr. Crete shares his extensive knowledge and caring nature at Rivertown Dental Associates, alongside a talented and caring staff. Together, the team performs general and cosmetic treatments for every member of the family.
Visitors to the practice are immediately put at ease with warm blankets, pillows, and freshly brewed headphones. The office has also been designed with children's comfort in mind: they can spend time in a colorful play area and give mid-cleaning hugs to Oliver, the resident teddy-bear puppet with a winning smile. That same thoughtfulness extends beyond the office walls: Dr. Crete gives back to the community by supporting a local ballet company and a nonprofit group that helps people with disabilities.
The instructors at Vida Yoga help participants tone bodies and soothe minds with classes ranging from beginner-level "Sweet Vida" classes emphasizing body awareness and breath work to heated "VOLTAGE" sessions that promise a more strenuous workout. A unique twist distinguishes each course, such as the simple, dance-oriented "GROOVE" and "Holy Yoga" classes with music and inspirational readings.
Bella Bronze Studio invites customers into its relaxing rooms, offering self-service and technician-assisted beautification services. UV tanning beds and standup booths help skin obtain a healthy-looking glow, and spray tans carefully applied with airbrushes ensure even bronzing. Additional salon services include inch-shrinking body wraps, salt scrubs, and bodywork to sideline tension and promote deep relaxation. Guests may request flowing Swedish techniques or more focused deep-tissue massage, which is ideal for improving motion range in clients and driving range in miniature golfers.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.