When people say Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain has a checkered history, they’re talking about the ever-present tablecloths, which flaunt cheery red-and-white squares that whisk diners back to the 1950s. Here in the more than a century-old establishment, cooks still stack pancakes higher than the Statue of Liberty’s beehive hairdo as kids ogle retro candies such as Necco wafers, Sweethearts, and Clark bars. Come lunchtime, half-pound burgers sizzle on the grill, alongside toppings such as bacon and mushrooms.
Near a vintage Pepsi-Cola sign, soda jerks uncap bottles of root beer and scoop banana floats into glass boats en route to white leather booths or a sunny outdoor patio. The shop also summons nostalgia with its shiny jukebox, vintage postcards, and iconic storefront, which has been featured in films, commercials, and PSAs for time travelers.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
A vast beauty boutique, Merle Norman stocks top-quality cosmetics and its eponymous line of skincare solutions for rouging lips and lengthening lashes. Reverse the physical effects of cruel mortality with an array of anti-aging products ($46–$63), or feign bashfulness with a cheek color from the spring collection ($16–$21). A line of refreshing moisturizers quenches dehydrated pores ($17–$58), and assorted foundations offer complexion-perfecting support to facial structures ($17–$37).
The primary mission of Feel Better Rehab Wellness Center is help people regain and maintain a healthy lifestyle through a diverse array of holistic healing techniques. Feel Better Rehab’s specialty is trigger-point therapy, wherein a licensed physical therapist uses acupressure points in the hands and feet to access deep, chronic aches. The facility also offers moisturizing skin treatments for dry skin as well as classes for setting personal wellness goals.
The goal of the professional stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians at Synergy Salon & Spa is always to help their clients focus on "me time." Therefore, they infuse their services with light and soothing aromas from high-end hair and spa products, and dip hands in paraffin treatments. As an added bonus to their standard services, they also provide permanent makeup and eyelash extensions.