Dessert refuses to be an afterthought at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe. More than 30 ice-cream flavors—repeatedly lauded by the Charleston City Paper and Moultrie News—pile atop cones or blend into milk shakes, and classic banana splits make mouths water with their pecans and cherries. The café’s scoops of amaretto cherry or java chunk are generous, living up to the vision of Rod Lapin, who opened the first Ye Ole Fashioned in 1972 with the idea of making customers’ jaws drop at the size of his portions.
Today, at more than half a dozen locations, including one helmed by his daughter Becki and her husband, that hasn’t changed. Ten strips of bacon layer the café’s signature BLTs; chili-laden, all-beef hot dogs weigh down their buns; and the plates are required to start lifting weights regularly before they’re allowed to carry double-decker sandwiches or burgers.
The stylists-in-training at Paul Mitchell the School Charleston follow principles laid out by the institute's eponymous haircare legend and founder to artfully trim and condition clients' locks. During a haircut, experienced instructors supervise blossoming stylists as they slice strands and blow-dry away droplets of moisture and pieces of confetti. Next, stylists douse hair in Paul Mitchell's own awapuhi KeraTriplex treatment, a highly concentrated elixir of keratin proteins designed to boost softness and shine. Ingredients derived humanely from sheep's wool and the native awapuhi ginger plant— cultivated at the Paul Mitchell company's solar-powered Hawaiian farm—work to moisturize strands from cuticle to core. Hair longer than 14 inches, very thick hair, or spaghetti-noodle extensions may require an extra application of the KeraTriplex treatment.
Behind a quaint yellow-brick storefront, owner Sallie Turner applies more than 20 years of styling experience to each new haircut or coloring treatment. She and her team work amid pink and beige walls, styling strands or beautifying façades with skincare treatments, spray tans, waxing, and nail services. They welcome appointments and walk-ins alike.
Nolas Salon boasts seasoned stylists who sculpt and maintain head hedges with an array of salon services. Coif curation begins with a thorough sudsing and scalp massage before shear-wielding artists trim, sculpt, and blow-dry hairscapes. A complimentary glass of wine can enhance the haircut experience, just as a beer improves the lawn-mowing experience.
At Attitudes Salon, licensed stylists strive to remain true to their name by creating a positive atmosphere filled with positive, customer-focused attitudes. Using products such as All-Nutrient organic hair-color, they tint heads with partial or full highlights. Additionally, they deftly cut and style new hairdos, in additional to offering keratin treatments and hair removal.