In 1939, James Clark bought Belmont Pharmacy, where he had worked as store pharmacist. His son, James Clark Jr., followed him into the business, and eventually the enthusiastic, dedicated family began opening additional branches. Today, a third-generation Clark, Tim, oversees the operation of the eight locations.
Each location mingles old-fashioned corner-store friendliness with modern health-care tools. Medical equipment, such as lift chairs and canes, ease home life, as do prescription medications that can be delivered by a friendly staff member. The Huber Heights location also has a compounding pharmacy, in which highly trained workers customize prescriptions to individual needs, combining multiple medications into a single dosage, adding kid-friendly flavors, or carving each pill into the shape of a white blood cell.
The Shopping Bag’s owner and founder was inspired to begin her online boutique by memories of her grandmother's “gift closet,” which was always filled with an eclectic array of knickknacks that she doled out on special occasions. Those gifts always perfectly suited whomever they were meant for, something The Shopping Bag attempts to replicate with its diverse selection. Home and fashion accessories dominate the ever-changing inventory and include such unique items as beaded necklaces and skull-shaped cupcake molds. Mustache paraphernalia provides an homage to quirky facial hair, with customers able to purchase mustache-adorned straws, mustache-shaped temporary tattoos, and personal appearances from Hall and Oates’s John Oates. Home chefs can accentuate their art with spice rubs or Stonewall Kitchen baking mixes, and shoppers looking for kids’ gifts can choose from a selection of toys, sunglasses, and clothes.
For a half-century, patients have sat in Oakwood Eye Clinic’s exam rooms and, one eye at a time, started reading down from the big E. Today, its team of opticians—which boasts 78 years of combined experience—operates under the supervision of Dr. Park Studebaker, a former clinic instructor at Ohio State University’s College of Optometry. Oakwood’s staff treats both adults and children with scheduled and emergency eye care and can fit their oculars for contacts or more than 1,200 styles of designer frames. Patients unsure of what they need can use the online eyeglass guide, a quiz that gauges lifestyle, vision level, and ability to pull off a monocle in order to recommend frames and lenses.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
A flourishing national franchise, Merle Norman tackles aesthetic woes on a grand scale, lavishing pelt with high-quality cosmetics and luxurious facials. Prepare your visage for a night on the town or help it recover from a morning under a shoe with a basic facial, custom-mixed by a professional face DJ to address your specific skin needs. The soothing service lasts one hour and consists of deep cleaning, exfoliation, a customized mask, a facial massage, a hand and arm massage, and pore extractions that exorcise any Slimers taking face refuge. An included paraffin hand treatment leaves arm fringe feeling as soft as a bunny rabbit and as smooth as a laminated mouse.
The trio of skilled doctors at ProCare Vision Center counts more than 37 years of collective experience in tending eyes. Drs. Davis, Salyer, and Grillot minister to adult and elderly pupils, but specialize in pediatric eye care, assessing the vision loss of youngsters no longer able to see the Tooth Fairy. After the doctors have updated a prescription, the center’s knowledgeable eyewear experts help patients select lenses with anti-reflective coatings or assist them in ordering contacts. The staff also lends advice as clients navigate the center’s frames, which come from designers such as Gucci, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade, answering questions about which spectacles flatter face shapes or complement mustache tattoos.