While spas often list eyelash extensions as part of their service menu, Extensions by Lindy focuses solely on lash enhancements to deliver comfortable, natural-looking results. During eyelash-extension sessions, a beauty professional adheres synthetic lashes individually to the original set using glue from Blink Lash Care that lasts up to six weeks, as long as clients will last in staring contests with their bolstered eye confidence. If properly cared for, the low-maintenance lashes eliminate the need for mascara.
In addition to applying eyelash extensions, the skilled staff uses its experience to train students during an in-depth certification course. Over the span of eight hours, professionals share tips on how to quickly apply synthetic lashes with precision. Fully immersed in the world of lashes, Extensions by Lindy even sells some lash implements on its website, including crystal-coat sealant and mascara wands that empower wizards to make anything beautiful but still itself.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece 7-10 days later.
The DIY doyens at Jones Paint & Glass stock the store with an impressive array of wall hues and wood finishes to quench thirsty brushes and spruce up surfaces. Home-improvement projects, such as painting a bedroom or covering up graffiti left by a rebellious house cat, move forward with ease when homeowners wield a bucket of Ralph Lauren paint (around $45/gal.). Hawked in the New World since 1754, Devoe Regency paint (around $40/gallon) proffers a spectrum of interior and exterior tones, and Sikkens wood finish (around $43–$65/gal.) makes doors, baseboards, or peg legs gleam with a glossy, high-quality sheen.
In power since the 1970s, McCoard's family-owned garden center provides photosynthesis enthusiasts with locally grown plants and garden accessories straight from the grower. Visitors can weave their way under the hanging basket line and choose a flower basket from more than 900 blossomy possibilities ($26.99), accent their garden with ornamental grasses ($4.99), stock up on tasty vegetables ($1.89), or augment spice racks with an array of herbs ($2.99).
CP Underground maintains a rolling inventory of Apple-device-compatible products, including lightning cables, USB adapters, armbands, and novelty iPhone cases—even one with a built-in bottle opener. So its customers can feel secure about their purchases, the business also offers a 30-day limited warranty on all its products.
For more than two decades, Hugo Fraga and his family have restored and fine-tuned the intricacies of customers' timepieces in Precision Time's convenient mall kiosks. In addition to replacing batteries and manicuring the hands of more than seven million watches, the millisecond specialists carry a full spectrum of watches and wristbands by designers including Swiss Military and Sottomarino. A collection of Fender timepieces ($15+) unites wearers with craftsmanship that revolutionized the music industry in the 20th century, and a collection of London Underground watches ($36) pairs classic and modern styling typical in across-the-pond fashion. Precision Time connects each of its functional jewelry pieces with a five-year battery plan, and provides watch-cleaning services ($10) for timepieces that have been accidentally dropped into vats of horse sweat.