If you’re not sure how to categorize Blind Barber—(Is it a barbershop? Cocktail lounge? Restaurant?)—just call it a men’s clubhouse. That description's just dandy with Adam Kirsch, who sat down with his partners Jeff Laub and Josh Boyd for a May 2012 LA Times interview. "We wanted to create a spot where we could just hang out any time of day," said Kirsch, "whether you’re partying, relaxing, getting your hair cut, or on your computer just doing work." And so they have. The concept was inspired by the Roaring Twenties, when going for a haircut meant socializing, discussing women, dealing cards, and playing Six Degrees of Jay Gatsby. Every cut, trim, and shave in the shop comes with a complimentary beverage and good conversation. With four barber stations arranged in an airy storefront space, and a bar in the back kicking out seasonal and specialty cocktails, beers, and sliders, Blind Barber has revived the art of looking dapper and the sanctity of feeling like you belong.
The first thing to notice at Soaptopia in Mar Vista is, predictably, the racks and racks of homemade soaps. But the second thing will definitely be the medley of scents; rich lavenders, crisp mint and citrus zests fill the air, as bars with off-beat names like Bub Marley and Petalmint Patty each give off their own fragrance. Each of these soaps are made on sight, from a small kitchen adjacent to the boutique soap company’s main retail floor. That’s where you’ll find more than just those scented soap bars; Soaptopia also carries lotions, creams and massage candles, with various products lining the walls to entice customers. The various combinations of scents and soaps available also make Soaptopia a strong option for indecisive shoppers looking to put together gift baskets for loved ones – or maybe for themselves.
Bronze Buns Tanning Salon opens its doors seven days a week so pallid bodies can bronze. Patrons can take catnaps atop tanning beds while their skin darkens ever so slightly. Custom new VersaSpa Pro spray tans imbue guests with a golden hue without the harmful effects of UV rays.
Sutra is what binds the body, mind, and spirit, which is why the owners of Sutra Salon chose it to represent their work. Tucked in the Tikkun Medical Center, their team of stylists tailors each service to the needs of the individual, helping to support the body, mind, and spirit. Their services range from standard cuts and coloring to extensions and styling specific to African-American hair.
Master colorist and celebrity hairstylist Al Michaels boasts more than 33 years of experience, and he trained at top schools including Sassoon Academy. At his full-service salon, Al and his team of stylists cut hair into new looks, style locks with blow-dryers, and frame faces with highlights. The beauty experts favor quality haircare and coloring products from top brands such as Koleston Perfect.