For the past 20 years, the technicians of Avons Services Inc. have showcased their mastery of the elements—air, specifically—to make homes comfortable habitats year round. They install and repair all makes and models of heating and air-conditioning systems so homeowners and business owners can exert complete control of their surroundings. The crew possesses the skills to tune up any aspect of a heating or cooling system, from installing the latest form of thermostat to clearing out blocked vents to adjusting systems in preparation for a new season.
Downtown’s Grooming Lounge combines the comfort of a classic barber shop with the services of a modern manscaping salon. Yes, you can get the standard haircut and hot lather shave here, but you can also lose the unibrow, sit in for a more substantial wax or enjoy a massage, manicure or pedicure. Don’t worry, the shop’s masculine atmosphere will make sure you can still keep your man card, even as you’re being waxed, plucked and rubbed, you will still feel manly, given the guy-friendly atmosphere and professional aestheticians on hand. The store also stocks a wide range of grooming products, from hair gels to skin scrubs. Beauty doesn’t come cheap at The Grooming Lounge, but that’s the price you pay for looking good.
Led by board-certified cosmetic specialist and physician Dr. Pickens, About Face Aesthetic Centers' team of licensed master aestheticians helps clients to achieve and maintain healthy-looking skin with both injectable and noninvasive treatments. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and IPL photofacial treatments work to noninvasively resurface skin to address issues including acne, fine lines, and sun spots. The center's staff can also use injectable serums such as Botox or dermal fillers to smooth fine lines and add volume to the face for a more youthful look. Clients looking to improve their bodies below the neck can opt for contouring VelaShape treatments, which work to slim the silhouette without invasive liposuction. The seasoned team members' versatile skill sets has earned them positions as beauty consultants for top cosmetic brands such as Aveda, Clinique, and Estée Lauder.
This studio keeps a certain peace when it comes to the battle of the sexes—at least when competing for salon chairs. Stylists and barbers ferry each gender to separate areas of the studio—one side boasts a modern salon, the other lays claim to a barbershop. But no matter where clients sit, they receive the same level of attention. Stylists fashion women’s hair into desired looks with cuts, color, and ornate origami folds. Barbers, meanwhile, put the finishing touch on men’s appearances with straight edge hot lather shaves or beard and mustache trims.
The licensed master aestheticians at Mylandre Spa & Salon refresh and beautify bodies from head to toe with body wraps, facials, and massage. Their services also extend to revitalizing locks with stylish cuts, colors, and perms. To complete a full-body makeover, they can contour cheekbones and highlight eyes with makeup services and de-fuzz body parts with Gigewax, specifically designed for sensitive skin.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.