Beneath damask-patterned walls and soft curtains, red poufs give guests a cushy surface on which to try on the shoes they’ve plucked from the swank store’s glossy, white shelves. In addition to housing a wide selection of shoes, which ranges from heel-free flats to pumps designed to lend wearers a competitive edge in slam-dunk contests, staffers fill the often-rotating inventory with trendy accoutrements such as jewels, cheetah prints, and handbags accented with grommets and charms. They also sling unique pieces of jewelry, including demure pearl earrings and spiked bracelets.
They host a ladies' night every month, inviting clients to peruse new styles while sampling crudités and other treats.
At Gem-N-I Creations, cosmetologist Keonne Sullivan-Johnson has one goal: send her clients out the door looking even better than they did when they arrived. Keeping up on the latest trends in cuts and color, she brings up-to-date knowledge to her consultations with her clients. Then, she sets out with her shears to tame and style the landscape of each coiffure. Sullivan-Johnson is also well-versed in the art of hair extensions and sewn weaves. She's even adept at makeup application for special events or nights on the town spent library hopping.