Optical Expressions' friendly staff of frame wranglers and licensed optometrists outfits faces with a stylish array of designer eyewear. Like an eagle landing on the runways of Milan, the boutique’s chic frames merge impeccable vision and high fashion through lenses ($69+) and lens holders from well-known labels such as Versace ($209–$350) and Gucci ($300–$429). Each appointment lasts a brief half hour to an hour, efficiently and accurately fixing customers up with a frame to match individual styles. In addition to equipping eyeballs with transparent eyewear, Optical Expressions’ vast emporium of designer sunglasses from Ray-Ban ($99–$179), John Varvatos ($199–$399), and Prada ($199–$400) fashionably shield corneas from the jealous glances of the sun.
Their curved silhouettes would not look out of place in a high-end automobile showroom. The sleek titanium and alloy frames, some attached by spring hinges, are stamped with logos from brands such as Oliver Peoples, Giorgio Armani, and Cole Hahn. At Visions of Longmeadow, optical experts, who each possess at least 15 years of experience in the eyewear business, preside over the colorful range of glasses. Some members of the crew have nurtured their passion for eyesight at the shop, which has been in business since 1988, and others simply want help finding Waldo at the candy-cane factory. After customers have selected frames, they pair them with lenses ranging from basic single-vision lenses to high-index, scratch-resistant, antireflective, and transitional varieties.
Signature service: Weight loss and diabetes counseling
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Nonjudgmental and attentive individual counseling
In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
Migi Nail Art’s patented nail design pens make it easy to create intricate, personalized, airbrush-style nail art at home. The double-ended pens––available in more than 40 shades––each contain two complementary colors of polish, a conventional polish brush, and a patented, precise applicator tip perfect for drawing, swirling, and blending unique, detailed designs. Nail art kits—which come in four fashion color sets, as well as special limited edition sets—include four refillable, easy-to-clean polish pens, plus instructions and accessories. Migi Nail Art also provides unlimited, free polish refills for customers who register their kits online, as well as replacements for pens that deny their artistic talents and run away to work in banks.
Granby Village Health's wellness gurus cultivate healthful glows as they guide customers through a maze of local produce, organic groceries, and trusted supplements. Juice baristas blend up local fruit to make organic smoothies such as Helena's Fruit Paradise, packed with a medley of berry flavors sweeter than a first kiss between pastry chefs ($5.99–$7.99). Jumpstart brains with a hearty breakfast of all-natural oatmeal ($1.69/lb.), available gluten-free, or a healthy bunch of bananas ($0.69/lb.). Cardio-pumps hum along as smoothly as a jazz band of velveteen rabbits as Nordic Naturals omega-3 fish-oil capsules bolster muscles with nourishing currents ($17.45).