Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
Brooklyn Makeup Studio's highly trained makeup artists adorn epidermises in skincare products by brands such as Stila, Smashbox, and Paula Dorf. Wielding eyeliner infused with vitamin E and iridescent lip serums in a rainbow of colors, they furnish faces with personalized makeup applications expertly designed to lure your strongest features out of hiding.
The Nutbox cracks open an assortment of nuts, candies, natural seeds, and snacks and mixes. Fill up assorted sizes of eco-pine gift boxes ($14.99), made from ecologically sustained forests in Wisconsin, with 1-pound bags of your plucking, such as dried blueberries ($15.99), sun-dried tomatoes ($4.99), or vegetable chips ($19.99). Caffeine connoisseurs can follow their nose and dopamine transmitters to the Nicaraguan ($14.99) and Tanzanian peaberry ($13.99) fair-trade organic coffee beans. The Nutbox gives back to the community by supporting several charity events throughout the year, and their cheery locations feature glossy hardwood floors and appetite-inducing orange hues, making snack selection an even more pleasant process than usual.
Track down that bottle of magic blue potion you regret not buying during your vacation to Paris and get it with today's Groupon: $10 for $30 worth of international health and beauty products at Thompson Chemists. The SoHo mom-and-pop store, located at 137 Thompson St., stocks all sorts of obscure European balms and salves.
For the past 30 years, the staff at Eye Contact Vision Center has been helping patients of all ages improve their vision with prescription eyewear and contact lenses. Past rows of fashionable frames from Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany, and Bvlgari, independent optometrist Dr. Carmela Losurdo holds court five days a week—performing eye exams and impressing clients with her ability to translate eye charts in English, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Losurdo also diagnoses and treats most types of eye problems, including myopia, conjunctivitis, and double vision.