Aestheticians at PearlFace Salon zero in on outer beauty with upscale facials, waxing, and threading services. Facials play to a host of epidermal issues with top professional skincare products, such as the French brand Sothys or Dermalogica, a line that avoids common irritants such as mineral oil or Gilbert Gottfried impersonations. Highly personalized, facials target specific skin conditions, with different procedures for teen and adult acne. Anti-aging varieties hone in on specific issues such as brightness or eye puffiness, and luxury options incorporate pearls, diamonds, or herbs such as rose, basil, and lavender. Private treatment rooms afford clients serene spaces for treatments, including private waxing sessions.
The year was 1999, and master barber Joe Grondin was nostalgic for a bygone institution. The barbershops of old were more than a place for a man to get his hair cut: they were a place to relax, share a conversation, and sneak a bite of the peppermint-flavored pole out front. But men's grooming establishments seemed to be a thing of the past?until Grondin founded his first Roosters in Lapeer, Michigan. The new-old trend caught on, and today, the throwback barbershops can be found coast-to-coast. Men can stop by for timeless services, from haircuts to full shaves to golf advice.
Ultra Fragrance not only stocks a staggering array of perfumes, skincare products, and makeup lines, its staff members help navigate the selection with a slew of online suggestions. A trend-tracking blog points out the scents and unguents recommended by magazines like InStyle and Cosmopolitan. Makeup gurus even share reviews and how-to-wear tips for specific products. With Ultra Fragrance's database of fashion analysis, customers can browse products from brands like Gucci, Donna Karan, and Dermalogica with confidence.
Whether you've got a flair for flares, an addiction to cigarette jeans, or you push toward pedal-pushing pedal pushers, The Blues Jean Bar has the stone-washed, pre-torn, or impeccable indigo of your dreams. The shop is designed like a tavern, keeping the savory styles of more than 40 top labels (for both men and women) “on tap.” Saunter up to the wood-hewn bar and ask the friendly denim-smith to whip you up a pair that combines your favorite wash, size, cut, and aroma. He or she will rifle through shelves stocked with labels such as Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and Red Engine to find your fittingest fit in the latest fashion, eliminating the drudgery of surfing wave after indistinguishable wave of blue. D Magazine, which recently named the bar the Best Place to Buy Jeans, calls it "almost as fun as a real bar." Prices range from $150 to $225, depending on the label and style.
Nordstrom Rack houses a dizzying array of high-fashion brands—some of it from the Nordstrom shelves and some of it straight from top-tier designers—that it sells for as much as 70% off retail prices. Every store stocks an average of 25,000 pairs of shoes, a foot-feast featuring hundreds of designer brands. Gals can suit up for slick, soggy streets with a duo of Report 'Louise' faux suede convertible boots ($46.90), while guys can stylishly saunter in a pair of suede-overlaid New Balance retro running shoes ($39.90). Nordstrom Rack's extensive collection of designer jeans keep wayward legs from impersonating arms, and with a bevy of items for women, men, juniors, and children, Nordstrom Rack's expansive stock is sure to please the palate of any hanger-hungry wardrobe.
Modeled on the shops that once filled the land in the years when barber was still short for barbarian, Johnny D's is among the last men standing in the haircut world. Frills are purposefully kept to a minumum, but the services are honest, direct, and solid. The hair chop shop features cuts that leave clients dashing and close cropped just in time for blast-off in a Saturn V rocket, while the hot, lathery shave leaves faces smoother than the freshly waxed cherry-red fins on a '57 Cadillac. Each cut is tailored to match the demands of the hair bearer seated in one of the comfy chairs.