In 1911, when he opened Standard Optical, Henry Schubach could not have guessed that his successors would be providing LASIK treatments and contact lenses in 18 clinics. Each office fills with chatter as doctors check prescriptions and work to identify common optical issues, such as glaucoma or weeping when an onion dies. Light skips off ranks of designer frames from Coach, Maui Jim, Guess, Lacoste, and Dior, and transitional lenses darken as newly keen-eyed patrons mosey from the shop. The staff at Standard Optical has also performed more than 15,000 LASIK procedures, and offers a free consultation for those seeking to ditch frames.
Hotlines Beauty Salon’s stylists and nail technicians lavish digits and head threads with beautifying services ranging from haircuts to mani-pedis to ear piercing. OPI, Star, and CND shellac polishes star in manicures and signature pedicures such as the shellac glitter pedicure, which can turn toes into tiny disco balls for up to one month. Wielding Pureology and Redken products, hairstylists tint lackluster locks with fresh color, impose permed curls on pin-straight strands, and rearrange follicles into stylish coifs to beautify heads for weddings, proms, or jury duties.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service oil-change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube’s savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians’ quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with Saran wrap.
Because they're extremely valuable tools and toys, tablets require proper protection and care. That's why Monster Tablets focuses on tablet accessories, such as cases, screen protectors, and chargers. The store's stock includes accouterments for most brand-name tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy, the Kindle Fire, and the iPad. For Apple products, Monster Tablets even showcases new Gizmobies, a stylish, slimmer alternative to bulkier iPhone cases.
Get Air's four pit trampolines allow bouncers to jump from competition-grade rectangular trampolines into miniature abysses filled with soft, square blocks of foam. But the expansive indoor facility fosters more activities than just jumping. Angled borders surround a dodge-ball arena made up of four long tumbling tracks, and two Aeroball courts host a combination of volleyball, basketball, and trampolining. AirJam basketball takes place in its own area, while kids shorter than 48 inches can play without fear of falling adults or skies at the Small Air area.
Since 1964, Guitar Center has paired musicians with guitars, keyboards, drums, Pro Audio gear, and necessary accessories, including DJ and recording equipment to capture newly made melodies. An iPad music-stand adaptor ($39.99) connects an iPad to a music stand, allowing musicians to access online programs and music apps on-stage, or to publicly dedicate a song to their online Scrabble partner. A clip-on tuner ($29.99) keeps notes pitch-perfect, and Guitar Center’s array of sheet music produces a wider variety of sounds than singing from a thesaurus, with options that include the C-surfing The Real Blues Book ($31.49). Stitch tighter harmonies by threading notes onto Slinky guitar strings ($3.79), or use the value of today's Groupon toward a larger purchase, such as the Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar ($169–$179.99). Guitar Center rounds out its collection of gear with Pro Audio and DJ equipment, keyboards, and drums, allowing every band member or solo cymbal player to stock up on their chosen form of expression.