After working at eyewear centers for three years, a 21-year-old Norman Childs took a tremendous leap of faith when he opened his own in 1979. In the inaugural years, Norman developed close relationships with his customers and began building Eyetique’s reputation for carrying high-fashion frames by the likes of Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Chanel––brand names that were hard to find in the area. Norman’s brainchild grew even larger with the help of a massive ad campaign showing more than 600 actors, musicians, and local celebrities donning the shop’s eyewear. With an entrepreneurial spirit that never yields, Norman also developed his own brand of eyeglasses, the Norman Childs line, which features frames made in the USA.
Today, Eyetique has since expanded to eight locations and continues to outfit visitors in sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses, which empower wearers with 20/20 vision and the ability to always spot Waldo in games of hide-and-seek. Staff members work one-on-one with customers to ensure that frames reflect the their personality, helping guests choose from a variety of designer brands including Coach, Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Silhouette.
After 50 years in and around the eyecare business, Optical Outlet owner Shelly Droz is as well versed in attractive frames as any art dealer. Shelley grew up watching first her father, then her mother operate a wholesale business for frames and lenses for doctors in Pennsylvania, leading her to eventually take the reins next to her mother. Now operating her own business, Shelley builds upon her family’s legacy by offering vision services as well as the designer frames and lenses for which her family is known.
Inside the shop, licensed optometrists check clients’ visual acuity and overall eye health before writing prescriptions for lenses. Clients can then peruse the shop’s selection of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses from top brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, Ogi, and Dolce & Gabbana. After an average of two–four weeks, they can pick up their new prescriptions and finally realize they’ve been wearing shoeboxes instead of shoes.
Now helmed by a second generation of eyewear aficionados, Dalmo Optical has been clarifying blurry vision for half a century. During the eye exam, a skilled sight specialist examines eyes for signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and nitpickiness. After scores are tallied, the friendly staff helps fit faces with a flattering pair of frames from brands such as Dior, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs ($149–$600 for a complete pair). Dalmo Optical’s in-house lab ensures timely lens-frame bonding, with most single-vision spectacles ready to wear home in as a little as an hour. Peepers seeking protection from UV rays and Medusa’s gaze can also peruse a selection of prescription sunglasses ($69–$249).
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.
Laser technician Anna Hilborn helms Opal Rose, which is located within the McDowell Shops. Here, she aims to resolve problematic skin expediently and safely. Stubborn acne is controlled when met with advanced laser treatments. Lasers also gently remove unwanted body hair while entertaining clients with light shows set to the Eagles.
The doctors at Advanced Vein Center specialize in minimally invasive surgery, phlebology, and interventional radiology, making them a trusted team for vanquishing spider veins, varicose vessels, and Trivial Pursuit opponents. They employ a trio of techniques when battling vascular conditions: noninvasive laser therapies, sclerotherapy injections, and radio-frequency powered VNUS ClosureFast. To ensure patients know which treatment is right for them, the doctors offer free vein screenings at all of their locations.