Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
The tanning beds at Magic Tan Spa don?t just bronze skin. They also play music, dispense aromatherapy, and proofread any essays about how awful the sun is. Alternatively, VersaSpa spray-tanning booths cover bodies in a variety of UV-free formulas, depending on the type of tan clients want to achieve.
At Lilac Express Nail Bar, conveniently located in a kiosk at Westfield Oakridge Mall, nail technicians pamper hands and feet and deck out nails with chic fashions. Long-lasting gel manicures, textured caviar pearls, and French manicures with creative color combinations are a few of their specialties. Patrons can also opt for pampering extras such as foot massages and skin-rejuvenating soufflé peels. Walk-in appointments are welcome, and if the salon doesn't have an immediately available technician, patrons can shop the rest of the mall while awaiting a courtesy text.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Halloween Bootique’s shelves brim with thousands of fiendish, sexy, and imaginative costumes and adornments to fit all body sizes. Every fall, the Halloween outfitter opens its six locations across California, including one featured by the Orange County Register. At each store, adults and kids can choose their perfect look from a massive selection of zombie and queen costumes, ghoulish masks, props, and pages from Dracula’s summer-camp diary. Decorations such as skeletons, bats, and stuffed ghosts also induce chills as they wait to be taken home, where they add an eerie atmosphere to any party or trick-or-treat destination.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists; use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry, and lean back and dream of breakdancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring (starting at $52), highlights (starting at $75), or a perm (starting at $75).