At 1st-Rate 2nd-Hand Thrift Store, vintage photographs sit next to classic and high-end furniture pieces and fine china, and numerous racks house a variety gently used clothing items from such labels as Chanel and Armani. An extensive selection of housewares and crafts might include knitting patterns, drawers full of vintage buttons, and other treasures, perfect for DIY projects or outfitting a home, closet, jewelry box, or guest room.
Danswest Dance Productions' three studios host a menagerie of summer classes taught by an experienced staff of dancers and designed to cater to groups of all ages. Ballet is designed to teach correct alignment and body placement through exercises and barre work, tap classes assist students in their quests to dance out morse-code novels, hip-hop teaches the methods of popping, locking, and break-dancing in front of wall-length mirrors, and modern dance lets students express emotion and basic gestures used to hitchhike on cushioned floors. Children ages 3 1/2 to 5 can participate in preschool ballet and tap, and kids ages 5–8 can revel in the exciting world of musical theater, a genre best known for being performed by bored coal miners.
The locally owned Alvernon Optical has been distributing high-quality frames and tending carefully to each oculus since 1961, the year human beings first evolved eyes. More than 2,000 frames line the walls in each store, including top-shelf brands like Ray Ban, DKNY, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Nike, and Kate Spade. Customers will also have their pick of frame materials such as plastic, titanium, metal, semi-rimless, and stainless steel. Once you've found the frames that nail the "sexy NASA scientist" look you're going for, Alvernon can pamper your peepers with a number of lens package deals. Couple a polycarbonate, scratch-resistant single-vision lens ($89 standard, $205 with bifocals, $154 sunglass) with one of your choice of designer frames to ensure a haze-free hazing ceremony from your rowdy book club, or calm Pac-Man-weary pupils with a computer lens package ($199) that decks your specs with a protective plastic lens specially designed for computer use. Just in time for summer, try the prescription swimming-goggle package ($139), which pairs one of a select group of fine brands with 100% UV-protected plastic lenses to deflect the sun's wicked glare and intimidate pool piranhas.
The licensed aestheticians at Just StringZ spin innovation with centuries-old practices to keep skin looking healthy and polished. Threading treatments lasso stray strands using interlaced cotton strings, while speed-waxing services grip groups of hairs and ferry them away fast, yielding results that can last up to eight weeks. Trained in the art of Dermalogica face mapping, aestheticians decipher the proper products and regimen that will best suit their clients' skincare needs, before a jaunt to the skin bar allows faces to test each recommended product before buying or emailing their wish list to Santa. For those looking to accessorize their natural beauty, the salon also offers Swarovski body art, henna tattoos, and ear piercing, as well as cosmetics by glominerals.
Specializing in, as they put it, "sexy swimwear for the uninhibited," the designers at Eyecandy Bikinis aim to create eye-catching bathing suits that celebrate the female form. Focusing on fashion-forward styles, their creations often comprise metallic fabrics and jeweled accents. In addition to peddling jewelry and cover-ups, the boutique also provides airbrush spray-tanning services to prep bodies for bikini season and keep them glowing in the cooler months.
Christopher Diamonds certainly has its share of diamonds, but those represent only one facet of its glittering jewelry collection. Precious stones of all shapes, sizes, colors, and settings fill the store’s display cases. The staff shines nearly as brightly as the jewelry itself, drawing on their collective expertise to consult, craft, and repair priceless heirlooms. In the unlikely event that you can’t find something to like in the store’s selection of diamond earrings, engagement rings, and necklaces, meet with a jewelry designer and dream up a custom piece to decorate your hand or cap your front teeth. Christopher Diamonds also offers appraisals, and each of their own pieces comes with a lifetime guarantee.