More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge?they earned the Long Island Press's designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2011 and 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus?stylists craft 'dos that reflect everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking?the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Safié Salon & Day Spa's 2,000-square-foot facility channels big-city ambiance with its sleek interiors, doting technicians, and slew of pampering options. A staff of beauty professionals stands equipped with organic products, ready to transform strands into flattering shapes, elicit radiant complexions, and clip and polish nails before they're long enough to be bitten by a nervous coworker. Clients can also hop onto a massage table and soothe their frayed nerves as they enlist the knot-banishing skills of a massage therapist or the sage chi-tending services of the in-house acupuncturist.
Clients waltz beneath Grand Central Hair Salon’s black, white, and gold awning six days a week to visit a full-service salon buzzing with the sounds of hair dryers and clipping scissors. Stylists snip away at male, female, and kid manes and transform dos with mini keratin, hair-straightening, and coloring services. Along with custom hair treatments, Grand Central’s experienced staff also offers body wraps, which are designed to smooth skin and make clients feel like butterflies, much like sucking on honeysuckle and running away from children armed with aerial insect nets.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to 125 locations across the US. Most stores continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to onsite labs that can manufacture glasses in just one hour. Thanks to that commitment to customer care, Sterling Optical has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
At Long Island Laser Group, certified laser specialist Deborah employs three different lasers, each with a specific target. For unwanted hair, the Light Sheer Diode device destroys hair follicles on all body areas and skin types. Simultaneously, the laser's cooling hand piece soothes surrounding skin to ensure minimal irritation and no downtime. Meanwhile, the intense pulsed light system can rid skin of blemishes such as acne, age spots, and wrinkles. For fungus-stricken toenails, Deborah relies on the PinPointe Footlaser, whose wavelengths are absorbed only by fungus, never the surrounding skin. Though treatments don't instantly clear nails, they pave the way for each nail to grow out fungus-free.
Most popular service: Teeth whitening
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Massapequa Dental's doctors run a true family practice consisting of Dr. Kenneth Glassberg, Dr. Phil Glassberg, registered dental hygienist Gina Glassberg, and certified dental assistant JoAnn Glassberg. They team up to clean and whiten their clients' teeth, employing everything from digital x-rays to old fashioned tooth brushes in their work. They have a lot of practice at it: the family has been practicing in Long Island since 1964, the year teeth were first invented.