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Eyebrow Threading at Look of Love Beauty Salon (Satellite Hotel, 411 Lakewood Circle, 596-7076)

As far as we can tell, Bindu Sharma at Look of Love Beauty Salon is the only one in town who does eyebrow threading. An ancient Asian technique for cleaning up and shaping eyebrows, threading is often less irritating (using neither chemicals nor fragrances) and less expensive (just $12) than waxing. Sharma relies on plain white cotton string and a super-fast hand to swipe out rows of hair with precision. She's been threading in the Springs for nearly five years (after having a salon in New York for 18 years), and has a loyal following, not only because of her work with eyebrows, but also for what she can do with those other unwanted facial hairs. — KA

Place for Eyewear

Charlotte's Optical (76 S. Sierra Madre St., Suite Q, 473-8066, charlottesoptical.com)

"Gourmet eyewear." That's a fitting descriptor for Charlotte's Optical's collection of fashion-forward, sophisticated and state-of-the-art eyeglasses. Celebrating its fourth win in the past five years, the store has been a favorite of bespectacled patrons since it opened here in 1989. Showrooms overflow with frames from designers like Oliver Peoples, Daniel Swarovski, Anne et Valentin and others, and the store's licensed optometrists are ready to assist, as is a high-tech tool called the iPoint Kiosk. The gadget takes photos of you wearing the frame styles you like best, then you put your own glasses back on and compare the photos on a computer screen — no more squinting at yourself in a mirror through dummy lenses. Charlotte's has so many delicious looks, it gives new meaning to the term "eye candy." — JT

Jewelry Store

Luisa Graff Jewelers (4663 Centennial Blvd., 260-0100, luisagraffjewelers.com)

A team of jewelers on-site, a relaxing Italian villa motif, fresh-baked cookies and coffee, a big-screen TV and, of course, 4,800 square feet of breathtaking diamonds and gemstones from the world over, including more than 500 engagement rings. "It's Vegas meets Italy," says sales manager Amber Orrill-Cunningham of Luisa Graff Jewelers. If you're looking for that extra sparkle, no stone dazzles like Luisa's signature diamond. With 90 facets (the average diamond is cut with 58), the Intrigue twinkles with the full rainbow of colors. Adding enchantment to intrigue, it was designed with help from a master cutter whose forbears worked with the Indian royal family. Don't hesitate to ask questions as you ogle; Graff's employees are eager to share their impressive knowledge. And since they're not paid on commission, you'll feel like you're visiting with friends. — BA

Shoe Store

DSW Shoe Warehouse (7639 N. Academy Blvd., 264-8007, dsw.com)

I consider myself an expert on high heels. I wear them every day, and it's not as hard or painful as it seems — promise. Here's my best advice on how: Stand up straight, lift your feet high when you walk, and take short steps. Practice is key, and so is the desire to learn, Grasshopper. Long, narrow feet help, but there are fashionable shoes for all shapes — especially at DSW. For the second year in a row (and from 2004 through 2006), our voters have deemed DSW the best source for shoes. Wedges, slingbacks, pumps ... there's a shoe for every season and whim. Apparently, DSW also stocks flats and athletic shoes, for those who insist that comfort means their whole sole against the ground. — EA

Local Store for Women's Fashions

Kirk & Hill Clothing Co. (129 N. Tejon St., 635-7038 • 1885 Briargate Pkwy. • 264-0275)

Jackie Gunn, owner of Kirk & Hill for 23 years, has created an oasis of personal attention in the strip-mall jungle. Retail associate and five-year employee Diane Gilmore believes it's this devotion to customers that's captured Colorado Springs' women. "You know when you're standing in front of your closet thinking, 'I have nothing to wear'?" she asks. "Well, we help women with that. We know our products — know how they're supposed to fit. We let women know what looks good on them and what doesn't." Kirk & Hill also offers its customers "wardrobing" — a service that acts sort of like your own What Not to Wear show — and personal shopping for busy clients. Scarf and pendant addicts will vote it Best Place to Buy Cool Stuff to Drape Around Your Neck, too. — DS

National Chain Store for Women's Fashions

Dillard's (750 Citadel Drive East, 550-1159 • 1790 Briargate Blvd., 532-1400 • dillards.com)

It's no accident that Dillard's takes home this category for the second time. Every aisle indeed teems with women's fashion from designers like Kenneth Cole, Anne Klein, Sheri Bodell, Adrianna Papell, Suzi Chin and more. But what puts Dillard's over the top is that inside its walls, you can actually get a complete makeover. If you're at Chapel Hills, start at the salon and get your hair styled, colored, straightened or curled. Add a relaxing mani and pedi. Top that at either location with cosmetics, perfume, jewelry, shoes and new lingerie to complete your new look. Then, to assuage your guilt over self-indulgence: Pick up something for your man and kids, grab a few housewares, maybe a small appliance, and call it a day. — JT

Vintage Clothing

The Leechpit (708 N. Weber St., 634-3675, leechpit.com)

'I follow every lead," says Adam Leech, "no matter how sketchy it may be. The best stuff is always in the weirdest places." The Leechpit, owned by Adam (the Indy's "Reverb" columnist) and his wife, Heather, is filled with everything from a pickled cow to "customized" stuffed animals, backed by the usual vintage belt-buckles, T-shirts, boots and records. More likely than not, there's something in the Leechpit that you've always wanted but never had the luck to find. "We try to get the right stuff to the right people," Adam says. "We want to fulfill the destiny of the object." This includes a "free" box on the porch and donations to members of the Springs community. Grounded in the steadfast belief that this city has more to offer than it's given credit for, the Leechpit is one place that makes a difference. — JK

Community-Wide Clothes Swap

Writer's Pick

Repeat Boutique (ppjpc.org)

I love swapping clothes with friends, but my house only holds so many people and so much clothing. The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission's annual Repeat Boutique fundraiser welcomes the entire community and their gently used items to the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado building for a massive two-day exchange each spring. Last year I walked in with my $10 donation and three bags of shirts, sweaters, jeans, hats and jewelry to pass on, and walked out with a stuffed bagload, including a North Face T-shirt, a practically new pinstripe button-down Express shirt and the comfiest olive green wool sweater. Here's to recycling your closet for a couple of good causes: PPJPC and you! — KA

Hair Salon

Veda Salon and Spa (4697 Centennial Blvd., 265-5660 • 2110 Southgate Road, #201, 578-8332 • 7443 N. Academy Blvd., 314-1480 • coloradoaveda.com)

If the words "Caribbean wrap," "full foil" or "scalp renewal hair-treatment" mean anything to you, then Veda should be your next stop. This staple of the Best Hair Salon circuit powerfully combines relaxing colors, indirect lighting and music (Imogen Heap, anyone?) to create a mood that emphatically demands you lay back and drape something moist on your face. When that's over with, Veda also offers every tube, jar and bottle of cream both known and unknown to man, for any need that might arise while you're outside its warm embrace. — BC

Hair Stylist

Rene Logue, Matéos Salon and Day Spa (5919 Delmonico Drive, 266-9295 • mateosdayspa.com)

"Honey, do I look all right?" Women want an honest answer, and unlike at home, they'll get it from Rene Logue at Matéos. "I try to be as honest as I can with them, chat about what they want, give insight," Logue says. "And sometimes it is off from what they had in mind." You'd do well to trust her: Logue has been licensed for eight years and been a contract stylist at Matéos Salon for five years, specializing in color. And she's a Colorado Springs native, so she knows her clientele and community. — AA

Nail Salon

Salon 21 (2119 Templeton Gap Road, 633-8480)

Of a core clientele that's followed her for more than 20 years and voted Salon 21 to gold three years in a row, Tiffany Kadrmas says: "We take care of them, they take care of us." That means good conversation during bi-weekly nail dates and "higher-quality, healthier nails." Kadrmas and her two nail-tech colleagues have worked together for 10 years, and can take care of one another's clients when needed. The best part: You won't even be able to see the difference. "We do the same everything," Kadrmas says, which makes customers feel comfortable. So relax, chitchat and let the ladies at Salon 21 do their thing. — BA

Value Haircut

Supercuts (Multiple locations, supercuts.com)

Distinguishing yourself in the Value Haircut category is tough. After three years reigning as the top local place to get coiffured without breaking the bank, Supercuts got buzzed in last year's voting by similarly named rivals Cost Cutters and Great Clips. But not to be swept into the dustbin of transient popularity, Supercuts is back in hair heaven this year, wowing readers with a combination of value, efficiency and hip styles, as demonstrated in an online gallery featuring models with names like Theirre and Melrose. Haircuts start at $14.95, and if your friends are looking shaggy, customized gift cards are available. — AL

Tattoo Emporium

West Side Tattoo (2031 W. Colorado Ave., 219-4800, westsidetattoo.net)

Impulse ink doesn't exist at West Side. If a person isn't willing to wait for a tattoo, says co-owner Brian Moore, they'll have to get served elsewhere. "Everything we do here is tasteful," Moore says. "We'll never rush into a tattoo." He explains that each artist has a particular style in which they prefer to work, and they won't produce the best possible result if they lack passion about a piece. This is the fourth time West Side has been voted No. 1 by Indy readers, so clearly, the artists are doing something right. And don't let anyone call them too expensive: If the old adage "you get what you pay for" was ever true at all, it's true when you're getting an image needled permanently into your flesh. — AM

Tanning Salon

Tan Your Hide (Multiple locations, tanyourhide.com)

Fellow citizens of Colorado Springs, there is something I have to tell you: We're all looking a little pasty. Don't blame yourselves, though. Colorado's Chamber of Commerce estimates the state only gets 300 days of sun a year. Plus, this year Outside magazine declared Colorado Springs the No. 1 American city to call home. Clearly, our living conditions are simply not conducive to tanning. Thankfully, we have Tan Your Hide, which provides the necessary ingredients of special lotions, climate control and state-of-the-art beds to deliver us from our sad fate of paleness. Languish no longer, fellow citizens. Go forth and tan your, um, hide. — VL

Barbershop

Floyd's 99 Barbershop (7252 N. Academy Blvd., 593-0011, floydsbarbershop.com)

A pool table, Wi-Fi, rockin' tunes, plus plans to expand the business model to include live music and DJs at several new locations. What more could you ask for? Oh right, a haircut. Floyd's 99 Barbershop does that, too. Employing some of the best stylists and barbers in Colorado Springs, Floyd's can hook you up with a trim, or maybe a neck and shoulder massage, or a shampoo massage, or, as franchise co-owner Al Bindley offers, "a hot towel on your face." I've never had one of those, but it sounds nice. If Floyd's growth goes as hoped, maybe our favorite music venues will follow suit and hire a barber or two. — KAK

Thrift Store

Arc (1830 W. Uintah St., 473-0502 • 2780 S. Academy Blvd., 391-7717 • 4402 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 522-1203 • arcthrift.com)

The great thing about shopping at Arc is that in the rare case where you actually manage to spend too much money, and the moving truck arrives at your house with your new summer, spring, fall and winter wardrobes, plus the couch and loveseat, coffee table and dining set you picked up, and your spouse looks at you disapprovingly, there is an easy out. You weren't thinking of yourself. No. Of course not. You were being green by buying all this stuff used. And, and, Arc stores help fund Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, which advocates for people with developmental disabilities. Irresponsible? You're not irresponsible. You just have a tender heart. Like Mother Teresa. In a fabulous vintage jacket. — JAS

Piercing Parlor

Shrap Metal (2928 Parker St., 520-3401 • 750 Citadel Drive, 520-3401 • shrapmetal.net)

Mike, who asked not to have his last name printed, doesn't waste much time. As his customer sits down, Mike slides a metal rod through his eyebrow and sanitizes the entire area before he finishes explaining to me the key to piercing success. "It's all about the atmosphere," he says. "You got to make 'em laugh." Mike's piercing philosophy eases the nerves and keeps his customers coming back. At Shrap Metal (also a tattoo parlor), piercings are a flat $10, and the employees pride themselves on the quality of their work. "I don't do anything I wouldn't do to myself," Mike says as he quickly pierces his next customer's nose. — JK

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