Like many women, Kelly J. has always considered hair to be a fundamental part of her appearance. That's why she found herself in a stylist's chair every week for more than 10 years, first to get her hair straightened, then to get it chemically relaxed when the styling damage made it so that it would no longer go back to its original state. Eventually she decided that enough was enough, and embraced an all-natural style—a lifestyle change so drastic that she not only documented it, she took steps to help others join in her personal revolution. She created Natural Girls Rock to help other women benefit from the testimonials and product advice of those rocking their natural hair, regardless of the texture. Whether hair is short or long, thick or thin, straight or curly, visitors to Natural Girls Rock will likely find the tips and products to help it look its best. The online shop stocks everything from Premium Castor Oil to wide-tooth combs and Deep SOULutioners Deep Conditioners to help de-tangle natural hair. To further foster community among the similarly styled, the company hosts events around the Southeast that provide opportunities for women to meet up, share hair stories, and show off their beautiful natural hair with confidence.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Most popular service: Onnetsu thermal therapy
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
For much of his life, Young Cho watched family members struggle with illness, even as they sought medical care. He decided to research treatments outside the traditional spectrum that might help people manage pain, which
led him to Onnetsu, a form of thermal therapy developed in Japan. The methodology combines massage with infrared heat to improve circulation and supplement the body's natural immune system defenses. Cho learned everything he could about it, ultimately bringing his findings to his new business, the US Onnetsu Therapy Center. There, he practices his infrared massages in a soothing, spa-like environment, with colors and music chosen to help clients relax and
forget about work, unless they happen to be massage-table salespeople.
Owner and master stylist Kali Gipson outfits tresses with elegant highlights and sleek layers, but that's just a small part of her catalog. Clients can rehab their tattered locks with a protein hydration treatment or tame frizz with silk-press hair straightening. Kali also offers a dynamic array or virgin Brazilian and Peruvian hair extensions, easily attached by way of glue, sew-in, or grumbling cement mixer.
Solar Eclipse Tanning Salon doesn’t hide its bold intentions in the shadows. The salon’s staff members envision “putting the sun out of business,” a hyperbolic mission that they accomplish, in part, with four types of UV-tanning beds. Unlike the sun, all of these beds are regularly sanitized and outfitted with fresh bulbs to ensure a glowing base tan or a dark bronze coat.
Not content to merely mimic the sun’s rays, the salon takes a different route entirely with a Mystic Tan booth that spritzes the body with a UV-free bronzing formula. This formula comes in two shades, each of which lasts for up to seven days with proper care. In a red-light-therapy bed—also free of UV rays—therapeutic light repairs skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and render tattooed treasure maps more legible.
With locations spread throughout the South, Paper Affair gives patrons easy access to a vast selection of imprintables. A knowledgeable team guides clients through colorful corridors of stationery by brands such as Bella Ink, Inviting Company, and Crane & Co., selecting the best announcements to serve as a tasteful alternative to trumpet fanfare, or baby shower stationary that runs the gamut from silly to sweet. To complement the range of paper goods, staffers also stock shelves with useful gifts such as coasters and guest towels, as well as custom napkins that let guests know exactly whom to thank for stuffing the turkey with fluffernutters.