As a former competitive ballroom dancer, Bette Anne Duffy knew eyelashes. “When I was on the floor competing with long, thick caterpillar strip lashes, I felt powerful,” she says. When she first tried lash extensions with a friend, she was hooked. Wanting to help other women feel empowered in the way she had, Duffy opened Deka Lash locations in Deer Park, Evanston, Glenview and Lake Forest.

The main differentiator from other extension salons? An extended training program for lash artists and a vibe that feels more boutique than spa, with open architecture so it’s easy to go with a friend and chat throughout the process. $100 for initial set, memberships from $70 per month,