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 flyaways and sneaky stressors. During the Girls’ Night Out spa package, hair tamers shape mopey mops into flattering ‘dos, nail specialists file away ragged edges and slather talons in chromatic shades from OPI and Essie, and makeup artists prep features for nights on the town or mornings at kabuki auditions.
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.
Styles Hair Studio’s talented stylists snip, shape, and wax hairs in various anatomical habitats with a full repertoire of salon services. A men's haircut ($25+) or a women’s cut and style ($35+) can transform a ho-hum hairdo into a follicular work of art, and a deep-conditioning treatment ($20+) infuses dehydrated locks with as much moisture as an upstream swim through a salmon's gene pool. In addition, every shampoo administered at Styles Hair Studio chases away tension and nesting robins with a relaxing scalp massage. Alternatively, aestheticians’ nimble fingers can stray from clients’ noggins to trim and polish nails during a pedicure ($50+) or upkeep bathing-suit etiquette with a bikini wax ($32). Before any salon service, a complimentary cup of coffee energizes clients’ neural search engines more effectively than receiving a photo of Waldo’s secret beach hideout.