Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries are welltrained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essential frames, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY, or high-end frames from Versace. Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision, whereas specialty PearleThin complete lenses are lightweight heavyweights.
Kami Woodbury, an alum of the Douglas J Aveda Institute, keeps her passion for beauty burning at the recently renovated Modern Concepts Salon & Spa. She first opened in 2002 and moved in 2011 to a new space, where she surrounds herself with a staff of equally dedicated stylists, nail techs, and massage therapists. They foster a tranquil and upbeat environment in which they snip new ‘dos, pamper extremities with Shellac mani-pedis, and banish unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments. Luxuriating guests with complete makeovers, the skincare experts nourish expression palettes with facials and peels and render muscles free of stress with a variety of massage modalities and sweetly cooed lullabies.
With more than 10 years of body-beautifying experience, Courtney's Place Salon’s Courtney Bradley leads her fellow stylists into battle against errant fly-aways and frizz. Stylists shape hair into flattering ‘dos, nail specialists slather finger shields in Opi and Essie nail polish, and makeup artists prep customers for nights on the town or mornings at kabuki auditions. A slate of party packages pampers princesses aged 4–10, preteens aged 11–14, and divas aged 15–18 with mini facials, pedicures, and brow waxes.
Family-owned Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio—open since 1968—proffers its own high-quality line of cosmetics, which includes all manner of makeup and skincare products. During makeovers, makeup artists gussy up faces, matching colors to clients’ skin tones and Ninja Turtle mask, and cut and color hair into alluring new dos. During manicures and pedicures, techs lavish nails with OPI color in an open contemporary setting of gray, brown, and maple tones and white stainless steel. Shoppers get a chance to try out products, many of which are made in the United States, before they take the financial plunge.
When stylist Kristen Jones joined the team at Changes Hair Design, her enthusiasm for her work was palpable. "Keeping my clients looking effortlessly amazing is my goal,” she says. Educating clients on at-home maintenance is also a priority for the six-year veteran stylist—she’s always happy to give styling tips or product recommendations for keeping hair healthy and out of the jam jar.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2012, Styles Hair Studio enhances its clients' natural beauty with hair, nail, and waxing services doled out by an experienced team. Each stylist and colorist takes part in continuing education to stay ahead of current styling techniques and other contestants on Beauty Jeopardy! The TIGI Professional salon also holds an annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit local school and charities, including the American Cancer Society.
The Douglas J Aveda Institute is a beauty school that will smooth and soothe whatever section of your surface area aches for tending, from your freshly sore Olive Oyl tattoo to the love-bite scars from your pet gull. During your session, the institute’s future superstar stylists and cosmetologists will tend to you with incredible detail while using Aveda's plant-based, bio-safe products. A botanical hair and scalp therapy douses sun-dried follicles with a deep moisturizing and strengthening hair and scalp treatment, followed by a scalp and neck massage, shampoo, and blow-dry ($37+). Otherwise, put your best face forward with an elemental nature self-renewal facial ($37 for 60 minutes, $42 for 90 minutes) or a makeup application ($22). Pamper your handy arm paddles and toe holsters with an elemental nature manicure ($24) and pedicure ($35). Maintain the grounds of your scalp lawn with a haircut and thermal style ($34), and pull weeds from facial areas with a waxing ($11–$60+).