Dr. Daniel Hiser earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College and spent years in private practice, during which he became worried about the sun damage plaguing so many of his patients. Along with a registered nurse and the clinic director, he decided to open a med spa that would nurture skin dealing with the effects of aging and overexposure to the sun. The trio’s brainchild, Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic, treats patients to medical services ranging from wrinkle-fighting Botox injections and smoothing laser hair removal to age-defying IPL photofacials and chemical peels.
The clinic also ventures into spa territory with gentler facial treatments, which employ green tea, antioxidants, and microdermabrasion to fight blemishes and restore a youthful glow to cheeks without installing light switches in them. Clients can continue nourishing their skin at home with skincare products from Obagi and Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic’s own label.
NiCole Guiliani knows a lot about looking good inside and out. Her career began in fashion, which she studied in San Diego and Paris. After years in the industry, however, her ongoing struggle with adult acne inspired her to become a licensed aesthetician and learn how to beat blemishes for herself and others. Now, inside Siti Med Spa, Guiliani performs custom facials with Cosmedix products. The facials are geared toward results, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also pamper—each includes perks, such as massages and aromatherapy. Guiliani teams up with a nurse practitioner, who offers cosmetic injections that invite youth to stay awhile. The duo also performs services such as body wraps and waxing, which removes hair more quickly than lying on the beach and waiting for erosion to do its thing.
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
When Dr. Barry Katzman opened West Coast Eye Care & Med Spa, he envisioned the space as a small practice that would help locals better enjoy the city’s famous sunsets and beaches. With his expertise—he’s participated in hundreds of studies for advanced treatments—the business quickly took on enough customers to sustain seven offices, a staff of a dozen doctors, and its own language, which outsiders describe as Latin spoken in pig Latin. After outfitting eyes with prescriptions and preventive care, staffers can help them navigate an optical boutique stocked with more than 10,000 designer frames by Dior, Bvlgari, and Tom Ford. Regular performances of more advanced surgeries, such as LASIK, cataract laser procedures, and eyelid lifts, made the staff intrigued about similar aesthetic procedures. As a result, they opened a med spa, where they tighten and brighten skin with injections, rejuvenating laser treatments, and even plastic surgery.
Led by Dr. Esfandiari, the staff at San Diego Eye Care performs eye exams for patients of all ages, from kids who need checkups to adults who suffer from dry eyes or diabetes. Their expertise doesn’t end there, though; they also fit their patients for glasses and contact lenses—including spherical, rigid gas-permeable, and multifocal contacts. For those who want to ditch their glasses altogether, the eye experts offer consultations for LASIK vision-correcting surgery.
Customers have trusted their eyes to Dr. Selby Optometry's reliable specs and contacts since 1978. Through the decades, the vision-care center has differentiated itself from the big-name competition by cultivating a “neighborhood optometrist” aesthetic, offering free nose pad and screw replacements, complimentary contacts during sight-specific emergencies, and staffers who never prank customers with vision charts written in cuneiform. Sight-seekers are matched with thin and durable lenses, which fit snugly and fashionably into the frames of venerable brands such as Escada, Hugo Boss, and Nautica.