Linda Nichols looks back with nostalgia on an era when friendly, old-fashioned barbershops were not a rare sight on America’s street corners. Though she has trimmed men’s hair and beards for more than three decades, it was only 10 years ago that she took matters into her own hands and opened Nichols Barbershop.
The red and blue striped barber’s pole that hangs from the shop’s modest storefront prepares guests for a throwback experience that combines contemporary fashion with an old-time sense of hospitality. Inside, the shop's skilled barbers take the time to get to know each client while leading them to a vintage barber chair and prepping their implements for a traditional haircut or straight-razor shave. After a particularly successful trim, the staff even offers to take and store a picture of your haircut, ensuring that they know exactly what to do during subsequent visits and FBI inquires. As for the atmosphere, it's cozy—like a barbershop should be—and loaded with quirky memorabilia: the walls pay homage to Linda's favorite television show, The Andy Griffith Show, with stacked displays of prints and pictures.
Boasting a trifecta of beautifying certifications, owner Julie Nelson serves as the lead cosmetologist, body-sugaring specialist, and semi-permanent mascara technician at J’s Neighborhood Salon and Sugar Shack Wax. She and her dedicated staff merge their expertise to devise a suite of services that include haircuts, hair color, and applications of Cry Baby Mascara, which uses a waterproof, semi-permanent formula to leave lashes dark and voluminous for up to two weeks. Meanwhile, certified Alexandria sugaring technicians use a caramel-like paste made from natural ingredients to remove hair in the direction of growth, much like the method used by beach-vacationing Candyland characters.
Seasoned nail technician Lena Hanesakda spends her days in Fuzion Studios’ warm salon, polishing toenails in glittery Shellac polish and adorning fingernails in colorful acrylics. Her clients recline on cushioned pedicure chairs, their tired toes submerged in soothing footbaths. As Lena works, her fellow staff members bustle about beneath the soft blue and orange walls, performing haircuts, facials, and airbrush tanning services.
The Fuzion Studios family includes hairstylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians—all with the same goal of beautifying their guests. One member of the family, Kayla Ross, spends her days removing unwanted hair on the face, and smoothing skin with exfoliation treatments and seaweed body wraps. She also uses her steady hands to apply makeup, primping clients for special occasions or special nights out.
Euro Tattoo's award-winning tattoo artists have proven their skills decorating the bodies of MMA fighters, rappers, and pro hockey players. Though they're known for covering biceps and backs with audacious images of grenades or animal skulls, they can also render delicate floral designs or photo-realistic portraits of a favorite news anchor. They use disposable supplies for each session, ensuring a clean, sterile environment. Additionally, the studio's piercing specialists can decorate faces and bodies with 14-karat gold or titanium jewelry.
Blush Salon & Spa pampers the body from scalp to toe tip with a diverse array of beauty services. In a flurry of expert snipping, a stylist can create flattering layers or dip into the salon’s color menu for eye-catching highlights. Skilled aestheticians offer invigorating facials and chemical peels as well as sunless tanning to darken the complexion without harmful UV rays. Clients may also retreat to a private room for a relaxation massage with one of the spa’s experienced massage therapists.