The staff at Thomas Anderson & Associates strives to make clients smile—and not just during their before-and-after pictures. Massage chairs, flat-screen TVs, and a wide selection of movies and music help make visits to the office as relaxing as a tumbler of whiskey enjoyed in one's very own pit of quicksand. Technicians apply a gentle touch when performing exams, x-rays, and other general-dentistry procedures. Cosmetic services—including teeth whitening and Invisalign—remain as noninvasive as possible.
When Alive magazine publisher Elizabeth Tucker first thought about LASIK surgery as an alternative to the glasses she had worn since second grade, she didn't think it was an option. She feared the cost, worried about the time off work, and was unsure about how safe the procedure would be. Luckily, numerous friends told her about the transformative effects of their own procedures, and she finally decided to take the plunge at Crown Laser Center. There, a team of seven board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, and surgeons put Elizabeth and other clients at ease as they correct corneas with trained hands and cutting-edge equipment, boasting a 99% surgery-success rate. Elizabeth is now glasses-free and doesn't regret a thing. "It's been life-changing for me," she says in a video on the laser center's website, "I would recommend it to anyone."
Armed with an FDA-approved Palomar IPL laser system, Soft Touch Laser's certified technicians treat everything from blemishes to unwanted hair. Sometimes technicians remove remnants of teenage years, such as acne scars and stuck-on hall passes, and sometimes they go after signs of age, such as fine lines and loss of elasticity. As they work, the laser system's advanced contact cooling minimizes patients' discomfort from heat and light exposure. The laser's dual filters prohibits clients from experiencing excessive exposure to the pulsed light, which keeps them comfortable and helps minimize recovery time.
Gourmet FoodWorks Deli is a fully stocked meal stop that serves fresh salads, big burgers, and a veritable cornucopia of specialty sandwiches. The lunch menu testifies to an eclectic selection of noontime nourishment. The white-meat chicken-salad sandwich ($7.55) unites a croissant with sweet peppers and red onions, and the customer-loved twisted BLT deluxe ($7.85) pairs a half-pound of hickory-smoked bacon with FoodWorks' own pretzel bread. The spinach salad ($6.75) comes with an optional sweet poppy-seed dressing for fine dining after a Wizard of Oz reenactment, and the chicken taco salad ($7.85) is crowned with tortilla strips side-kicked by salsa. FoodWorks' soups, sauces, and dressings are always made fresh and in-house; nothing is drawn from frozen stock, unlike the entrees cryo-frozen for future generations at secret research diners scattered across the globe.
At Beautiful You Permanent Cosmetics, clients recline in comfortable beds with blankets, pillows, and relaxing music while registered nurses set to work enhancing their features. To achieve a natural look, they use the manual SofTap hand method, which lifts the facial tissues as they deliver hairline strokes of pigment to define the brows, the eyelids, or the lips. Patrons bring along favorite colors of makeup or pieces of a shrub they need to blend in with, and the salon's technicians work to match that hue. Disposable materials are used for each session to ensure cleanliness.
Studio Y Salon’s Ultimate Package treats guests to three hours of pampering with some of the salon’s most popular services: facial, aromatherapy scalp treatment, blow-dry style, and a mani-pedi. Of course, clients can relax during single-service appointments that include body waxing and lash tints. The beauty pros incorporate into services high-end products such as OPI nail polish, Eminence Organic Skincare, and Glo Minerals makeup.