Since its founding in 1960, Thriftway Pharmacy has been a reliable part of every community it has joined. That's because the store keeps its doors open 365 days per year, meaning it never closes for holidays. As a result, customers have constant access to Thriftway's dependable pharmacists. They also can browse the store's shelves for holiday decorations, toys, greeting cards, cell phone accessories, and last-minute gifts in a pinch.
A simple career change transformed Ramy from a law student into a makeup artist responsible for beautifying celebrities such as Marisa Tomei, Mariska Hargitay, and Claire Danes. After attending beauty school in Australia and spending years freelancing in Singapore and Europe, he returned to his native New York to found Ramy Spa with the philosophy of “minimum makeup, maximum impact.”
Today Ramy and his professional associates wield uniquely crafted, antioxidant-rich cosmetics from the Ramy beauty-product collection, including lipsticks and powders. During applications, makeup artists enhance their clients' skin by painstakingly selecting the correct product colors instead of rolling an eight-sided die with eight different shades of eye shadow on it.
Since opening its first store in New York's Financial District 100 years ago, Sterling Optical has grown to more than 125 locations across the country. In addition to offering eye exams from certified optometrists, each Sterling location carries an expansive selection of frames that includes both budget-conscious styles and designer frames from brands such as Gucci and Michael Kors. Kids' glasses can be built with shatter-resistant lenses, and adults can opt for Transitions models, which automatically darken to protect eyes from harsh outdoor light or street hypnotists.
Since 1988, Specs For Less has been sharpening visual acuity in Staten Island and its surrounding areas. At each of its five locations, customers' eyes are coddled by a staff of optometrists, who examine eyes aided by up-to-date equipment as well as ongoing education. Meanwhile, eyewear consultants concern themselves with keeping newly minted prescriptions stylishly adhered to faces, occupying the vanguard of frame style trends with an inventory of designs from Coach, Fendi, and Dior.
Unless you've been cloned, no one has hair like yours. That's why the expert stylists at Milana Salon tailor cut and color treatments to the unique features of the individual. But hair is just one strand in the the salon's ample coif. Clients may also solicit an aesthetician for an exfoliating facial, waxing session, or voluminous lash extensions.
The staff at Mermaid Spa roasts granite rocks overnight to lend the Russian steam room an air of authenticity. And, in accordance with these traditional standards, they then dash water over the intensely heated rocks to create a natural steam. As the room gets misty, those relaxing inside of the sauna wield dried birch branches to self-administer a massage or tickle the wood-paneled walls just like their mother trees. All of this falls in line with Mermaid Spa’s owners’ vision when they first opened their Brooklyn bathhouse: bring the Russian banya to New York.
Also housed inside the spa are an extra-large jacuzzi, an ice-filled pool, and a Turkish steam room, where aromas of eucalyptus and mint intermingle with the warm mists. Pleasant scents also waft from the on-site Russian restaurant, where chefs ladle traditional goulash and dumplings onto plates or into the bindles of traveling hoboes.