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.
With a seasoned staff, all boasting 15 years or more of optical experience, Visions of Longmeadow equips world-weary eyes with stylish, sturdy, comfortable blinkers. Emphasizing atypical eyewear, these friendly sight shamans deliver a variety of frames to sight-seeking semblances, from top-flight designer brands such as Giorgio Armani to technically innovative Porsche Design and Entourage of 7 ($200+). Most of the lenses have antireflective coatings to reduce the glint of sunlight and to help wearers appear invisible when standing in front of a mirror.
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.
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).
Serio's Market draws customers with a broad selection of gourmet goodies and household products. Peruse the store's well-stocked shelves to ogle first-rate foodstuffs from cookies and crackers to strip steaks and sausages, all containing the power to imbue every mealtime chew convention with the tabletop fireworks of a disco candelabra. Prepared sandwiches include a store-cooked meatloaf sandwich served on one of nine different breads and dressed with veggies, condiments, and cheeses ($4.29), and specialty sandwiches such as The Bull's Eye, which uses a combination of roast beef, barbecue sauce, and sharp cheddar to hit hunger with a precision blow ($4.99). Fresh-made salads, oven-roasted chicken, and piping-hot pleasures such as shepherd's pie ($4.49 lb.) are also available to keep busy family-feeders from resorting to time-efficient but unpopular dishes such as rice 'n' ketchup or beans a la yogurt.