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.
More than 700 frames await clientele at Optical Fashions, a local institution whose licensed optometrists have been correcting the vision of area eyes for more than 50 years. Still headquartered in Beavercreek, the company now operates outposts throughout the Miami Valley with the same focus on long-term patient satisfaction that helped them succeed in the first place. At six convenient locations, doctors diagnose potential eyesight issues and help patients choose the most suitable lenses, which the staff processes on-site in their technology-packed optical lab. These lenses fit snugly into frames from the shops' expansive selections, which include brands ranging from Juicy Couture and Project Runway to Gant and Ernest Hemingway.
Professional clippers Julie Volmer, Terri Mabry, and Susan Meehan transform The Salons At The Greene into a hairstyling haven where clients' manes are tended in private suites away from the fuss of crowds. Surrender coiffures to a scalp-quenching wash before stylists snip away finicky ends to any desired length (a $35–$45 value). Locks are then wrapped with 10–15 foils to impart both gaze-snagging spot highlights and the perfect disguise for crashing a celebrity baked-potato gala (a $10–$20 value). Before reacquainting themselves with the outside world and the undersides of umbrellas, newly voguish head-toppings are styled according to the wearers' requests.
Stanton Optical treats shoppers to a selection of more than 3,000 frames from designers such as BCBG, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein. Their optometric physicians calibrate fresh prescriptions before patients browse the wealth of frames and then select from brands of lenses such as Sola, Zeiss, and Transitions, which alternate between clear and tinted to protect eyes from sun rays and help them absorb the zinc found in moon rays. For those who prefer frame-free faces, Stanton Optical also outfits eyes with contacts by Acuvue and Bausch + Lomb.
At Primp Hair, owner Bryce Van Dyke cuts and colors hair, sculpts brows with wax, and applies professional makeup. It's a pretty wide range of skills for one guy, but Bryce wants to make his salon a one-stop shop "where girls get ready." He'll create a personalized look to match any event, whether it's an average date night or a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence such as your wedding or your turn to be president.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eye Care 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.