Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
For more than 20 years, the certified staffers at California Tan have added pop to pigment within an office basking under the West Coast sunshine. In addition to offering 12 beds with four levels of tanning, they can design custom tanning plans that gradually build up a richer complexion over time. To augment the warm glow of the bed lights, they provide lotions by Designer Skin, California Tan, and Australian Gold. They also house a UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booth, which evenly slicks standing bodies with a deluxe bronzing potion. To complete the day-on-the-beach feeling, they lead guests to their SpaCapsule dry aqua massager that kneads newly tanned backs using 28 water jets. In addition to tanning and massage services, they carry swimwear, including two-piece bathing suits, perfect for beach outings or informal State of the Union addresses. They also stock their shelves with vitamins and dietary supplements to ensure the inside of the body is as attractive as the outside is.
"I want to make this world beautiful, inside and out," says Courtney Hurley, owner of Ravished Beauties. She strives toward this goal armed with lipsticks, blushes, and eyelash extensions, primping brides-to-be, models, and the doppelgangers that live inside mirrors. At Ravished Beauties, she teaches aspiring makeup artists the tricks of the trade and oversees a team of stylists and aestheticians who prettify clients hair and nails in addition to their skin, grooming guests with individual salon services as well as pampering packages.
Although floral paintings and patterned fabrics accentuate TRU Skin Therapy’s contemporary décor, they aren’t the only eye-catching elements of the spa. Anti-aging LED therapy, Thermage, and ultrasonic exfoliation machines line the center’s treatment rooms, where they smooth wrinkles and obliterate sunspots. Aside from technologically advanced gadgetry, specialists also rely on medical-strength facial peels and Société Clinical Skincare products to erase blemishes before they form a bull’s eye for cream pies. Visitors can also relax at the hands of a massage therapist capable of performing various body-kneading techniques, including customized prenatal and hot seashell massages.
Rhaina Butler of Just Be Beautiful revitalizes visages with noninvasive facials that utilize skin-nourishing products and medical-grade equipment. The skincare savant customizes microdermabrasion therapy by adjusting the diamond-coated tip to best suit each countenance it buffs, whisking away blemishes, fine lines, and facial debris. A fresh buffing reveals baby-soft skin and stimulates collagen development, ensuring the epidermis's smooth new texture rivals that of a freshly carved butter statue in a velvet smoking jacket.