Dr. Russell Kateman helms Amalgamated Eyes, where he harnesses his two decades of optometry experience to bolster the sight of his clients through thorough exams and fashionably functional eyewear. During exams, he checks for glaucoma, general visual acuity, and drafts in the window to the soul. Prescriptions furnished from exams then can go on to fuel stylish frames from designers such as Prada and Armani.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Eyelash extensions
Brands Used: Lavish Lashes, glo, and Pharmco Skincare Labs
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started my schooling in 2008, and since then, I've earned many certifications in various treatments and skills.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
My studio features a cozy room with a comfy heated bed, spa music, and scented candles.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I explain in detail all that will be involved and included in their treatments. Their questions will be addressed before we begin.
Paradiso Salon's full-service beauty boutique has been pampering patrons from head to toe for more than 21 years. Amid charming wall sconces, an ornate chandelier, and full-length mirrors, hairstylists fashion custom 'dos with precise cuts and color treatments, wielding organic Surface products. Plush reclining mani-pedi chairs cradle patrons as nail techs adorn upper and lower piggies in colorful coats of Essie lacquer or CND Shellac's long-wearing gel polish, which stays chip-free for up to three weeks. Paradiso Salon's staff also provides eyebrow-to-ankle waxing services, tanning, makeup application, and eyelash tinting.
At The Skin Atelier at Les Images, the staff members rely on botanical products scientifically formulated to nourish skin and treat conditions such as acne, sun spots, and wrinkles. Each compound they use is free of parabens and harsh chemicals and can be customized for the client. With that kind of specificity, facials can address particular skin needs, including those related to pregnancy, postmenopause, and sports-related breakouts. In addition to skincare, The Skin Atelier also provides hair services and mani-pedis that technicians execute in private treatment rooms.
Studio A Salon helps guests fully realize their beauty with a slate of hair and spa services. In addition to new hairdos, the team can perform color and conditioning treatments to keep locks from becoming lusterless. Waxing treatments are available if you want to remove unwanted fuzz from various areas on the body or recently harvested peaches, and the studio's manicure pedicure treatments keep the nails in brilliant chromatic coverings. They also have some specialty med-spa services: Cavitation, which helps burn fat deposits in the body, and infrared sauna services, which help people sweat out toxins.
Most Popular Service: Massage therapies and vitamin C facials
Brands Used: Biotone massage products and EmerginC skin care line
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please show up 10?15 min early and turn off your mobile phone.
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
The entire spa is quiet and calming, and the decor is simple and soothing. Because we are located on the second floor, we have a private and secluded ambiance.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Covering skin imperfections, such as black heads, breakouts and skin lesions, with lots of make up. To me, healthy and radiant skin is more beautiful than anything else. Start taking care of your skin instead of covering it up.
How did you get started in the industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
I've always been interested in health, beauty, and well-being, but I studied and worked in different fields for long time. I found out that this is the industry that could integrate all the subjects I'm passionate about. Now I love and enjoy what I am doing.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
As we say, "beauty comes from within." Adding a positive attitude in to our daily routine makes everything easier. Start your day with good intentions and positive thoughts, and let your inner beauty shine through your skin. Be the first one who smiles, because "when you smile at the world, the whole world smiles back."