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Since its humble beginnings in 1935 as a small health-food store that specialized in yogurt, GNC has evolved into the world's largest specialty retailer of nutritional products. The chain's more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the country stock numerous vitamins and supplements, all of which meet the company's strict standards for truthful labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency. They carry supplements that aid in sports nutrition, protein intake, diet, digestion, and beauty. Equally as dedicated to customers' shopping experiences as it is to product quality, the company created GNC University, an online learning platform, to help staff members bone up on nutrition and fitness knowledge. The knowledgeable sales associates field questions about everything from weight-management plans to stacking supplements for optimum earlobe strength.

123 Farmington Ave
Bristol,
CT
US

Curated by owner Pavel Krubitski, the collection of designer frames at Dependable Optical showcases the expert's 16 years of experience helping people find the exact glasses for their styles, face shapes, and budgets. His collection includes both designer and basic options, with many classic styles that help clients from being unfashionable when fads change or when squares are finally outlawed. To avoid blurry vision, staff opthamologist Donald Salzberg is on hand to give eye exams and prescribe lenses for clients whose prescriptions have changed.

836 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford,
CT
US

Rihanna rocked the L Space 2013 Stardust Fringe one-piece; Halle Berry hit the streets in a maxi dress by Vitamin A Gold; Emily VanCamp graced the cover of Women's Health in the L Space 2013 Red Diva bikini bottom. This is just a snapshot of the designer beachwear that South Beach Swimsuits delivers to the masses. Shoppers can peruse a wardrobe of star-worthy suits from designers such as L*Space, Vitamin A, and Gottex, or peruse swimwear tailored to specific body types. Because South Beach stocks everything from skimpy bikinis to one-pieces that flatter curves and hide vestigial fanny packs, it's nearly impossible to leave the online store with an empty cart.

12 Cody St
West Hartford,
CT
US

Having practiced medicine for more than 25 years, board-certified Dr. Maria O'Brien wisely presides over the laser- and light-based cosmetic treatments at Millennium Med Cosmetics. Her gentle treatments require no anesthesia, whether she's tightening skin with infrared rays, clearing away hair with a laser, or flipping on a light switch to reveal that you're already totally hairless. Dr. O'Brien also performs Botox and Juvéderm treatments and runs medically supervised weight-loss programs.

2139 Silas Deane Hwy
Rocky Hill,
CT
US

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).

10 Hartford Ave
Granby,
CT
US

Their curved silhouettes would not look out of place in a high-end automobile showroom. The sleek titanium and alloy frames, some attached by spring hinges, are stamped with logos from brands such as Oliver Peoples, Giorgio Armani, and Cole Hahn. At Visions of Longmeadow, optical experts, who each possess at least 15 years of experience in the eyewear business, preside over the colorful range of glasses. Some members of the crew have nurtured their passion for eyesight at the shop, which has been in business since 1988, and others simply want help finding Waldo at the candy-cane factory. After customers have selected frames, they pair them with lenses ranging from basic single-vision lenses to high-index, scratch-resistant, antireflective, and transitional varieties.

471 Longmeadow St
Longmeadow,
MA
US