Downtown’s Grooming Lounge combines the comfort of a classic barber shop with the services of a modern manscaping salon. Yes, you can get the standard haircut and hot lather shave here, but you can also lose the unibrow, sit in for a more substantial wax or enjoy a massage, manicure or pedicure. Don’t worry, the shop’s masculine atmosphere will make sure you can still keep your man card, even as you’re being waxed, plucked and rubbed, you will still feel manly, given the guy-friendly atmosphere and professional aestheticians on hand. The store also stocks a wide range of grooming products, from hair gels to skin scrubs. Beauty doesn’t come cheap at The Grooming Lounge, but that’s the price you pay for looking good.
With four eye doctors in his family, becoming a professional eye-wrangler was a perfect fit for Dr. Neeraj Bindal, an optometrist who combined his medical training with his business education to open A Visual Affair. At two locations, Dr. Bindal examines clients and fits them for contacts, glasses, and bowties mounted on eyelashes. A wide variety of lenses, including ultrathin panes by Zeiss, scratch-resistant lenses, and antiglare lenses nestle into frames by the likes of Lafont Paris, Gucci, and Giorgio Armani.
Under the expert oculus of Dr. Saba E. Ayalew, Metropolitan Optical matches stylish frames to faces, stocking an array of high-end designer eyewear. Brands include Gucci, Armani, Porsche Design, and Burberry, equally suited to job-interview attire and everyday activities, such as spotting a rampaging bear during a job interview. Frames ($170–$450) can be outfitted with an array of fine lenses ($119–$800) and come with free adjustments and ultrasonic cleanings.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Traditional eye exams require doctors to merely look at the front of the eye to determine eye health and prescription changes. Optomap retinal imaging technology actually allows doctors to examine internal structures at the back of the eye, which can help them diagnose everything from age-related macular degeneration to high blood pressure.
At Steer Optical, which is affiliated with LensCrafters, Dr. Hugh Steer and fellow optometrist Dr. Joshua Yoo rely on optomap imaging to help determine eye health. After conducting a thorough exam, they write lens prescriptions for glasses and contacts. They also can determine a patient's candidacy for LASIK surgery, which can permanently correct some vision issues and help patients see how late they are immediately upon waking.