I think its more of a matter of who is being selective in their leasing arrangements. Depending on the owner/leasing team for these retail spaces they only allow the type of businesses that they think will make the property look attractive to residential tenants and the entire property bottom line. I believe there is a deluge of underutilized retail space along Oak Lawn and Lemmon with property owners who are willing to fill with whatever will pay the advertised price.
The residential buildings in Uptown seem to prefer the signature restaurant/bar type of retail tenants over a generic neighborhood service businesses. Only when they have a significantly larger ground floor retail space do they seem to allow neighborhood service. Look at the Ilume at Cedar Springs and Wycliff. They have Cedar Springs Tap House, AI Sushi, Hair Salon, Taco Y Mas, Dry Cleaners, Nail Salon and one more empty restaurant space. Uptown residential buildings like having a fashionable restaurant in-house over just another nail salon, insurance agent, dry cleaners etc despite the reality is that those neighborhood service businesses are an amenity in many tenants minds.