Old-school detailing meets new-school styling at Groom For Men, where a staff of well-trained, passionate barbettes morphs mops and unwieldy locks into eye-catching coiffures. Form and function stand as the pillars of each artisan's training, enabling them to execute low-maintenance, easy-to-style cuts that fit snugly to individual head shapes and fidgety shadows. Follicle services stretch past standard snips and into more daring territory, including full coloring and highlights, and straight-razor shaves and beard trimmings complete makeovers by smoothing facial veneers. Traditional manicures are also available for hands that have lost their luster thanks to demanding jobs, such as checking the insides of baseball gloves for wasps' nests.
Growing up, Lindsay Kamphuis would grab perm rods and supplies for her hairstylist mother while watching her process up close. At Lindsay Styles—inside B'Lovely salon—Kamphuis brings her childhood dream of following in her mother's footsteps to life. Her extensive services include haircuts and color, styling and updos, keratin smoothing treatments, and gel-polish manicures.
While awaiting simple trims or hair-smoothing keratin infusions at Salon Orlin, guests lounge in comfy leather chairs and pipe in music through their smartphones from the salon's Internet jukebox. Skilled stylists nourish tresses with vitamin C, create stunning styles with flatiron curling or updos, and manicure brows and faces with waxing. Tanning beds add healthy splashes of color to skin, and "juicing" adds healthy splashes of color to hair.
Brenda Miller, licensed aesthetician and owner of Face West Skin Care, uses only glo therapeutics skincare products during her facial treatments. She has pledged allegiance to this brand due to its potent ingredients and thoughtful omission of parabens, dyes, and superglue. In addition to classic European facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments, Brenda also offers microcurrent facelifts, LED light therapy, and waxing.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.