Unlike other training centers in the city like Bumble and bumble, where trainees do their homework on your head at bargain prices, Phyto Universe boasts a hair-and-scalp analysis program, treatments designed specifically for individual hair-care needs, and a 2,850-square-foot “vertical garden” made entirely of tropical plants in its 6,000-square-foot space (715 Lexington Ave., at 58th St., third fl.; 212-308-0270). If having your head rubbed gets wearisome, you can experiment at the Caron fragrance bar or get a facial from Lierac; both brands have boutiques where shoppers can test their products.
No cup is too small or large when sizes range from AA to H at Bra Smyth’s new West Side store (2177 Broadway, at 77th St.; 212-721-5111). Choose from 400 styles on the Bra Wall, or, for something a bit more special, match your bra to your skin tone. On-site seamstresses can custom-fit a piece as you shop.
Other noteworthy openings: The inveterate world traveler and eclectic object gatherer Linda Horn has relocated farther uptown (1327 Madison Ave., at 93rd St.; 212-772-1122) to sell her exotic antiques in a new bi-level space. For a bit of exclusivity, the Warren-Tricomi salon has created a concierge service, Warren-Tricomi Reserve; loyal customers can use it to book anything from private-jet service to last-minute reservations at Masa while they’re getting treatments (16 W. 57th St., nr. Fifth Ave., fourth fl.; 212-289-8299).