Southwest Orlando Eye Care's optometrist, John Nowell, has been keeping people clear-eyed in his hometown for more than 20 years. This ocular expertise hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the Southwest Orlando Bulletin and other local publications lauding his commitment to patient education and no-hassle customer service. But, Dr. Nowell’s compassion goes beyond the exam room; when he’s not at the office, he can be found serving his community as a member of the Orlando Rotary Club and volunteering his time with The Coalition for the Homeless.
In addition to contact lenses, eye exams, and the treatment of ocular diseases, Dr. Nowell and his staff help faces keep pace with newly twinkling eyes through a menus of aesthetic services. They can combat acne with microdermabrasion session, or boost collagen growth and the ability to converse with Lite-Brites via an LED facial.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
With 35 years of experience, the medical staff at Progressive Wellness Center leads patients in reimagining their current state of health. Weight-loss programs centered around HCG help clients turn bulky bodies into slimmer, stronger silhouettes, and aesthetic injectables work to tighten slack skin or shoo spider veins from appendages. Alternatively, IV nutritional therapy invigorates the body's absorption of nutrients and the brain's absorption of the subtext in the last episode of Barney and Friends. To keep patients happy and relaxed before and after appointments, Progressive Wellness Medical Center maintains comfortable seating and a café area stocked with healthful shakes, as well as organic coffee and green tea.
International Food Club recruits fresh and packaged cuisine from more than 20 countries across the globe. The store aisles are arranged by country of origin: customers can traipse down the British aisle for tea and biscuits, or nab guava jam and hot sauce from the Caribbean section. Middle Eastern staples make up the store’s most robust aisles, granting U.S. palates brief reprieves from licking American-flag stamps in favor of sweet halva, fragrant spices, and couscous. That focus extends to the café, where chefs roll falafel and gyro meat in pita bread with sides of hummus and tabbouleh along with other menu items.
Vintage Lounge lives up to its name by rivaling the classically upscale atmospheres found at clubs in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, plus, the space is outfitted with vintage-style decor, including chandeliers and tufted banquettes. The lounge feels quite large thanks to 22-foot ceilings, but it is also wonderfully intimate with small seating areas around candlelit tables. Larger groups would do well to reserve one of the VIP tables, which include bottle service and a robot butler named Sinclair. In between whispering with a paramour, guests can dance with friends to tunes spun by resident DJs FreeFall and Magic Mike.
A one-stop shop for fruits of the sea and land alike, PaPa Larry's serves up fresh-caught fish and crustaceans by the pound. Salmon ($9.99/lb.) and tilapia ($5.99/lb.) fillets form delectable schools alongside fresh grouper ($14.99/lb.) and whole snapper ($7.99/lb.). Larry’s gulf shrimp ($10.99/lb.) and jonah crab claws ($8.99/lb.) don’t reach the table until they’ve proven themselves in gladiatorial combat, and his barrels of clams and oysters get into regular shouting matches over who has the finest flavors and the most durable outer casing. PaPa Larry’s also stocks fresh fruits and veggies, local produce, jams, spices, marinades, and secret-recipe sauces along with aquatic hors d’oeuvres such as smoked salmon and fish dips.