The staff at Allvera Body Wrap & Wellness Center's Dublin location and recently opened location in Grandview is dedicated to balancing body and mind. To do this, aestheticians, acupuncturists, and massage therapists offer a slew of aesthetic and holistic services, including hot-stone therapy, acupuncture, facials, infrared sauna sessions, and signature herbal body wraps that are soaked and heated to 150 degrees. The center also pampers clients with its use of high-end products including bareMinerals and HydroPeptide skin care lines.
Inside of Dublin's Cut & Shave, a team of licensed barber stylists tends to gentlemen with clean haircuts, relaxing shaves, and massages. Armed with a leather strap, straight razor, and laser scope for accuracy, the cadre of andro-aestheticians call on their centuries-old trade and extensive cosmetology training to dole out hyper-smooth shaves tailored to each client's skin. They also soothe necks weary from day jobs tutoring bobble-head dolls with scalp, neck, and shoulder massages, lending to a general atmosphere of relaxation.
Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, gents there revel in a slow-paced atmosphere and contemporary services. Patrons sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck and vintage facial shaves, complete with a cleansing and towels warmed by hugs from bald eagles. The stylists and barbers only enlist professional products from brands such as American Crew and Woody's, which are tailored to male hair and emanate fragrances like a bouquet from a Camaro.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a polished, 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, a family heirloom, or the wishbone from grandma's first Thanksgiving.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond prints, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution MyImages CDs, gallery wraps, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
The staffers at Aloe Loft Salon believe that steam can do much more than just relax the body. Their saunas boast a blend of warm water vapor, clay, and other natural ingredients, which aim to rid bodies of toxins and mineral waste, and can even increase arthritis patients' range of motion. The sessions also work to enhance metabolisms and burn calories without requiring clients to resort to archaic methods of slimming down, like bench-pressing a mastodon.
But steam is just one tool in the spa's arsenal. As a full salon, the stylists revamp 'dos with cuts and coloring services, as well as thermal straightening treatments to tame unruly hair.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.