With more than two decades of experience in the entertainment, fashion, and bridal industries, Gilda specializes in making her clients look and feel beautiful. Whether she is giving a European-style precision haircut, applying camouflage makeup, or administering laser skin-tightening or hair-removal treatments, her focus is always on her clients.
In order to continually improve her craft, Gilda attends international trainings taught by elite beauty educators, and keeps her eyes peeled for cutting-edge beauty trends. Before appointments, Gilda and her staff meet with clients to discuss their aesthetic aspirations and facial features before collaborating on a plan of attack, whether it be a new hair color, makeup application, or texture alteration, such as Japanese straightening or permanent waves. Waxing, threading and laser skin treatments round out the menu of salon services, which clients can enjoy while sipping complimentary mugs of coffee or glasses of wine. For those who cannot make it into the salon, Gilda still makes house calls to beautify brides-to-be and partygoers.
Each of Merrifield Garden Center’s three locations overflows with thousands of plants throughout the year, encompassing such variety that a reporter for CNN’s Eatocracy claimed “I might as well endorse my paychecks straight to them…because I always want to grow what they've got.” Knowledgeable garden experts, 25 of whom have been with Merrifield for 25 years or more, guide customers through row upon row of flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants, or help them sort through an extensive selection of bulbs and seeds. Visitors may also bump into the founders themselves, or their children and other family members, 38 of whom still work at the thriving business that started 40 years ago. Merrifield doesn’t just proliferate plants, however; amenities such as cafes in Gainesville and Merrifield and a dog park in Gainesville make each garden center into a leisure destination as well. Three of its garden gurus run an hourlong TV show that's been going for more than two decades, and other staff publish gardening advice on the website and Facebook. The staff also work to protect the environment with a variety of eco-friendly initiatives. Besides stocking native plants and water-saving devices for their customers, they also compost more than 20,000 tons of soil and 25,000 cubic yards of brush left over from their comprehensive landscaping services every year. The Gainesville location also gathers old concrete, metal appliances, and rusted Optimus Primes for recycling free of charge.
At Village Yoga, Freddy Margolis has amassed an impressive team of experienced instructors, some of whom have impressive backgrounds in fields such as competitive dance and chinese medicine. These specialists aim to help students foster holistic wellness with a variety of yoga classes at both of their spacious studios. Their class styles range from flowing Vinyasa and gentle stretches to high-intensity Zumba and power yoga, and teacher training is also available.
Clients can rent either studio to host yoga parties that celebrate birthdays, engagements, or successful human-Jenga games. An instructor will be on hand to guide partygoers through routines, and the space comes equipped with yoga mats, bolsters, and music.
A tasteful mod wall-design depicting eyeglasses in green, blue, pink, and other hues greets visitors to Modern Optometry. This isn't just an interior decorating choice?it also represents the boutique eye-care clinic's equal emphasis on eye health and original fashion. Two expert optometrists specialize in testing eyes for visual acuity, but also track down and identify eye diseases ranging from conjunctivitis to a Lego figure stuck behind the eyelid. Meanwhile, a team of opticians perform fittings for eyewear and contacts from daily disposables to bifocal lenses. A gallery of designer frames features more than 16 brands such as Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, and Polaroid.