Founded in Durham 30 years ago by fashion-forward frame specialist George Fagét, Specs stocks an abundance of international brand-name frames in a stylish boutique setting with hardwood floors. Patients can bring along an existing prescription or sit down for a comprehensive eye exam that graciously spares retinas from math-heavy word problems. Whether transparent or UV-blocking, lenses come outfitted in the latest frame styles from such brands as Prodesign and Lafont. Upscale frames, such as the Italian X-Ide and the Swedish Öga, lend eyeballs more international panache than a bedazzled travel guide. For those without an up-to-date prescription, onsite eye exams assess peepers for vision and staring-contest dexterity.
HandPicked's bauble boutiques brandish original, elegant adornments and sterling-silver jewelry handcrafted by artisans from around the world. HandPicked originals such as the Tiny Twinklers studs ($12) grant wishes for lonely lobes, and bare wrists find themselves encased in the turquoise globes of the For The Nurturing Center bracelet ($32), which pleases its parents by donating a percentage of proceeds to its namesake, a local therapeutic treatment center for child abuse.
At Ornamentea, beginners and veteran crafters alike can find the tools they need to complete their creative projects. The shop carries a variety of materials for making jewelry and scrapbooks, including metal and ceramic beads, silk cocoons, and adhesive resins. A selection of screws and rivets can be transformed into sturdy and stylish bracelets, and rolls of baker's twine enable artists to add flair to their work or tie croissants to their hands for easy snacking. You can also sign up for classes on topics such as beading, metalsmithing, etching, and paper arts.
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The certified tanning techs at Belle Spa & Tanning have learned something in their nearly three decades of experience: clients want to look good now and later. To achieve this, the team customizes airbrush tans to get dermises glowing in about 20 minutes, and a cadre of 17 UV beds in five tanning levels allows clients to maintain year-round tans or adjust their tones. Before each session, clients may relax in the hydration station for an additional fee, where a hydrating mixture of liquid vitamins, aloe vera, and plant extracts ameliorates dryness and helps prolong newly acquired color.
With an experienced, personable staff and diverse selection of jewelry, Main Street Jewelers takes its bling seriously. Disgruntled forty-niners can browse a selection of stunning sterling-silver charms, chains, rings, bracelets, necklaces, jodhpurs, and earrings, as well as Beadle beads ($20–$32) that fit on most brand-name bracelets. The shop also stocks a full line of Concept earrings ($10–$45), designed for those with allergies and sensitive ears, and a display case full of sterling-silver Beadle bracelets ($59) eager to dress up bare wrists. A range of new and estate gold and silver items ($60+) bring dreams of owning Blackbeard’s dog’s golden bicuspid that much closer to reality. The old-fashioned jewelry boutique boasts an on-staff bench jeweler, a goldsmith, and a watchmaker to repair broken treasures, recreate favorite pieces, and clean up tarnished trimmings.
Peruse the hundreds of items in Dallas Pridgen's online selection, where all that glitters is gold, silver, or platinum. Select a suitably adorable gift for animal lovers, such as the silver whale brooch ($49) or the 14K gold elephant pendant ($66), or communicate with holiday spirits via seasonal jewelry ($25–$1,132). Fans of whimsy and Sandra Boynton buffs will delight in Dallas Pridgen's exclusive Boynton line ($49–$1,499), which renders the author and illustrator's inimitable characters in sterling and gold. The Juliet series spotlights elegant and feminine lines, like those that form the Juliet's heart pendant (silver $98, gold $799), a thoughtful gift to perk up a girlfriend, sister, or forlorn ventriloquist dummy.