With locations spread throughout the South, Paper Affair gives patrons easy access to a vast selection of imprintables. A knowledgeable team guides clients through colorful corridors of stationery by brands such as Bella Ink, Inviting Company, and Crane & Co., selecting the best announcements to serve as a tasteful alternative to trumpet fanfare, or baby shower stationary that runs the gamut from silly to sweet. To complement the range of paper goods, staffers also stock shelves with useful gifts such as coasters and guest towels, as well as custom napkins that let guests know exactly whom to thank for stuffing the turkey with fluffernutters.
Over the course of her career, optometrist Dr. Janelle Davison has worked with military veterans, children, and the general public, but her mission has always been the same: to educate patients about their eyes. As she makes her optometric evaluations, she gets patients involved in their eye health by explaining how to manage dry and red eyes, the next steps in treating eye conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, and how to keep playfully crossed eyes from staying that way. Afterward, she sharpens vision with an array of contacts, single-vision lenses, and Kodak Progressive plastic lenses.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Stand-up UV units, spray tans, red-light [therapy]
Pro Tip: Only Stand offers all luxury stand-up units accompanied with a beauty bar and complimentary spring water
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Most Popular Service: Hair color
Brands Used: Redken, Great Lengths, SO.CAP., Agave Smoothing
Good for Kids: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Be on time and in no rush to leave.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.