Though they wield shears as effectively as anyone, Halo Salon’s six veteran stylists share an even more delicate skill: They know when to defer to their clients’ better judgment. Before cutting and coloring clients’ hair into a brand-new style or a variation on the existing theme, they make sure to include them as an integral part of the creative design process. This collaborative spirit sets the tone for every haircut and hair treatment that takes place inside the salon. The stylists’ lively chatter and precision cuts combine to form an atmosphere that is at once upbeat, upscale, and welcoming to all manner of customers. The interior’s crisp, simple design—with its shiny hardwood floors and traces of scarlet— inspires creativity without distracting from the task at hand, be it a routine trim or an attempt to crop the ponytail off a real, live pony.
Founded in 1954 by Dr. Rocky Stroud, Eye Care Center has expanded from a simple family practice in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to a successful network of quality eye-care professionals and eyewear emporiums. Throughout each location, highly skilled medical professionals employ ultramodern technologies and testing procedures to ensure long-term ocular health and clear vision. They conduct eye exams, proffer eye-surgery consultations, and fit contact lenses to eyes. They can also help patients choose glasses from brands such as Gucci, Coach, Bebe, Nike, and Mr. Potato Head.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Dr. Brad Wruble recently moved from Michigan in July 2010 and he established Mountain Island Eye Associates in January 2011. Dr. Brad appreciates your interest in becoming a patient in the practice and looks forward to meeting you and your family soon.
Dr. Wesley D. Clement has been in the ophthalmology business for more than 35 years but has been focusing exclusively on laser-refractive surgeries since 2001. At Carolinas Eye Center, he draws upon this specialized expertise as he clears blurry vision with LASIK and PRK procedures. His two surgical technician sidekicks have assisted Dr. Clemente in thousands of these corrective treatments that have left just as many pairs of glasses heartbroken.
Doctors Kirsten Albrecht and Catherine Earl of Southern Eyes interrogate ocular orbs with eye exams and outfit struggling eyes with high-tech lenses. The 45–60 minute appointment can diagnose common eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts and uncover underlying causes of vision loss, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or backward ski masks. Most exams involve dilating drops, but they can be circumvented with cutting-edge digital Optomap Retinal exams (a $39 additional fee). After the exam, eyeballs get the assist from cutting-edge ocular technology, such as shatterproof polycarbonate lenses—which use some of the thinnest high-index materials available—and Varilux progressive lenses that mask the telltale signs of bifocals, preventing civilians from guessing your alter-ego's true age.