Founded in 1954 by Dr. Rocky Stroud, Eye Care Center has expanded from a simple family practice in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to a successful network of quality eye-care professionals and eyewear emporiums. Throughout each location, highly skilled medical professionals employ ultramodern technologies and testing procedures to ensure long-term ocular health and clear vision. They conduct eye exams, proffer eye-surgery consultations, and fit contact lenses to eyes. They can also help patients choose glasses from brands such as Gucci, Coach, Bebe, Nike, and Mr. Potato Head.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where professional photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a professional, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket or a family heirloom. From a first baby portrait to senior pictures and engagement photos, JCPenney Portraits helps to preserve special family memories to come.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond traditional printed portraits, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution CD, gallery wraps, wall art, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
Though they wield shears as effectively as anyone, Halo Salon’s six veteran stylists share an even more delicate skill: They know when to defer to their clients’ better judgment. Before cutting and coloring clients’ hair into a brand-new style or a variation on the existing theme, they make sure to include them as an integral part of the creative design process. This collaborative spirit sets the tone for every haircut and hair treatment that takes place inside the salon. The stylists’ lively chatter and precision cuts combine to form an atmosphere that is at once upbeat, upscale, and welcoming to all manner of customers. The interior’s crisp, simple design—with its shiny hardwood floors and traces of scarlet— inspires creativity without distracting from the task at hand, be it a routine trim or an attempt to crop the ponytail off a real, live pony.
Doctors Kirsten Albrecht and Catherine Earl of Southern Eyes interrogate ocular orbs with eye exams and outfit struggling eyes with high-tech lenses. The 45–60 minute appointment can diagnose common eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts and uncover underlying causes of vision loss, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or backward ski masks. Most exams involve dilating drops, but they can be circumvented with cutting-edge digital Optomap Retinal exams (a $39 additional fee). After the exam, eyeballs get the assist from cutting-edge ocular technology, such as shatterproof polycarbonate lenses—which use some of the thinnest high-index materials available—and Varilux progressive lenses that mask the telltale signs of bifocals, preventing civilians from guessing your alter-ego's true age.
In 1954, Dr. Rocky Stroud opened his first eyecare practice in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Though he might not have known at the time, decades later, his venture would transform into Eye Care Center—an ocular health system that, today, serves its patients at 50 clinics spread throughout North and South Carolina.
At each location, teams of skilled optometrists and opticians check vision during routine eye exams for children and adults, perform Optomap retinal examinations, and push eyes that have just seen a really great deal on sandals back into place. The doctors also treat ocular diseases ranging from glaucoma and diabetes-related issues to general infections.
Plus, Eye Care Center outfits clients with designer frames from brands such as Burberry, DKNY, and Ray-Ban, soft and gas-permeable contact lenses by Acuvue and FreshLook, and prescription transitional and polarized sunglasses.