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.
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.
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.
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.