More than a decade ago, Dawn M. Sears, LME, opened medical skincare and aesthetic laser center Skinsation, where a licensed physician oversees nonsurgical beauty procedures. In the hands of technicians, GentleMax and Vbeam Candela laser systems remove pesky stubble and unflattering vascular lesions. Alternatively, permanent makeup can simplify morning routines, rendering beauty basics such as eyeliner, lip liner, eyebrow filler, and war paint obsolete by imbuing the skin’s dermal layer with natural pigments. Five injectables, such as Botox and Restylane, smooth client’s brows with minimal downtime, and trained technicians coat physiques in sunless Airtan liquid, whose bronzing effects last 7–10 days. Clients can refer to the website for a complete list of services.
Auto Care and Recovery's crew of nomadic mechanics ventures to homes to varnish vehicles with washing, detailing, and repair services. The wash and semi-detailing begins with a hand wash and dry of the exterior, during which road grime and bugs are decisively shooed away. Each wheel is scrubbed to a centrifugal shine before the entire exterior is coated in wax. On the interior front, all surfaces are pressure vacuumed, whisking away food crumbs and warrens of fanged dust bunnies. The technicians then wipe down the dashboard, inside and outside windows, and doorjambs before spot cleaning any stained mats.
The color connoisseurs at Don West Painting boast more than 35 years of experience transforming dull walls into dynamic canvases. Armed with their own brigade of supplies, the tint aficionados deftly apply coats of Porter or Sherwin-Williams paint furnished by the homeowners to a room measuring up to 12'x12', with ceilings no more than 10 feet high. Add some pizzazz to the den with hue reminiscent of your favorite jellybean, or give the home office a more dignified look with a chromatic covering that perfectly complements your Spider-Man briefcase. Don West's friendly fresco-ers can also paint trim, doors, windows, and ceilings for an additional fee, and two Groupons may be combined toward the painting of a larger room, if desired.
Registered nurse Lisa Grissim opened Profiles Laser & Medical Aesthetics to improve the health and look of the body’s largest and most visible organ: the skin. She recruited Dr. Thomas Miller to supervise the staff, which includes fellow registered nurses and licensed aestheticians. The crew’s intense focus on skin treatments—which range from anti-aging laser treatments to Botox injections—grants them a degree of expertise they use to help customers understand their skincare options. Staffers unpack technical terms and lend personalized advice to steer clients toward ideal treatments. Lisa explains, “We want to form lasting relationships with clients and rejoice with them as they experience the changes they desire.”
Though it has the staff, state-of-the-art laser equipment, and immortality serums of an advanced med-spa, the office sets itself apart with an upscale, salon-like atmosphere. Sun floods the lobby, where bunches of flowers and potted plants add an organic element to the modern décor. Shelves line up some of the world’s premiere skincare lines, including Obagi, Avène, and SkinCeuticals.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Jones and his medical aesthetician, Christy, nip, tuck, and tighten bodies with surgical and blade-free procedures at Lakevue Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. They augment and reconstruct breasts, lift faces, and fine-tune noses, or sculpt new physiques with liposuction and Kemper tools. They also shoot down unwanted hairs or tighten slack skin with noninvasive lasers. To further enhance patient comfort, the clinic boasts a special, dimly lit private waiting area for cosmetic clients who may be feeling sensitive after a procedure, as well as a "lidocaine lounge" where patients practice magazine origami while waiting for their numbing solution to take effect.
Nutrishop's range of body-bolstering products includes supplements designed to bestow clients with increased strength, decreased weight, and a healthier lifestyle. Develop lean muscle and diminish fat with the aid of a container of Nu-Tek Pro5 protein powder ($29.95/2 lbs.), a sustained-release formula that infuses bodies with whey, potassium, and egg albumin to foster muscle growth in conjunction with pushups, pull-ups, and dead-lifting sleeping roommates. Katalyst Hypercor tablets ($79.95) can increase resting metabolic rates to stoke fat-burning fires, and NOW vitamin B12 ($7.95) fosters nervous system health. Nutrishop also offers free meal-plan consultations and guarantees to beat competitors' prices by using their finely toned biceps to bend quarters.