A refreshing reminiscence of apothecaries past, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy boasts face-to-face customer care. In the business for more than 22 years, Amin Amireh runs his shop and showers the community with the products and knowledge necessary for maintaining good health. While not valid for prescriptions, sniffle sufferers, headache harborers, and tablet jugglers can browse a complete line of over-the-counter medicines ($3–$15), as well as homeopathic remedies. A range of specially designed wellness products, such as Dr. Comfort shoes, assist customers with diabetes and other ailments, and general accessories, including handbags and wallets ($20–$65) complement bodily health with aesthetic homeostasis.
In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
At Allwood Optical Boutique, licensed optician Donald Trischetta oversees an onsite optical lab that turns out lenses specialized for a wide range of tasks. Before setting his lens-crafting team to work, Donald determines his clients’ prescriptions and takes into account whether or not they strain their eyes by using a computer every day or working as a file clerk in a dollhouse. His lab is also equipped for emergency repairs of broken lenses, which it prioritizes with same-day service.
Dawn Fitch's path to the March 2012 cover of Black Enterprise is paved with all-natural, handmade soap. Strangely, her path to founding Pooka Pure and Simple and becoming a cover girl began with a mysterious illness. Her doctors' confusion led her to investigate the ingredients in nearly every product she touched and to seek out alternative health care, which is how she discovered the therapeutic properties of essential oils.
As part of a self-preserving lifestyle overhaul, Dawn began making her own body products from essential oils, shea and cocoa butters, and fruit powders, ingredients that now comprise her line of cleansers and moisturizers. Nourishing Elbow Grease dispatches dry skin with coconut oil and beeswax instead of threats veiled thinly in petroleum, and shower gels saturate steam with the scent of sugar cookies or bracing basil and citrus. She and three of her "Pookalitas"-a name Dawn's mother gave her as a child that has carried over to her best friends-also craft a line of moisturizing hair tonics that have been lauded in the pages of Essence magazine.
Workshops at the Pooka boutique teach visitors to create beauty products that are free of preservatives, dyes, and harmful chemicals. Dawn also shares her beauty recipes on the company's YouTube channel, and via the Pooka Giveback Program, an annual donation of raffle-ready baskets to four charitable or nonprofit organizations.
Sandy Silberman is an expert at keeping up appearances. That’s because she’s been doing makeup for more than 30 years, 25 of which she’s spent at her own store Let’s Make Up. Here, she and her staff rely on makeup that’s hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and cruelty free to enhance the features of everyday women looking to update or maintain their style. The cosmetic team pores over colors in search of the perfect matches for each clients’ skin tone before dusting cheekbones with blush or covering up alien birthmarks with foundation. The staff also shares their expertise during makeup lessons and monthly workshops that help teach clients how to maintain their new look at home.