Since 1988, the deal-hunters at Dry Clean Super Saver have connected customers with a trustworthy network of dry-cleaning and automotive-repair technicians. Armed with easy-to-use punch cards, clients save huge amounts money on dry cleaning and automotive maintenance, the two costliest household expenses after plumbing repair and poltergeist removal. The association of participating cleaners and garages stretches across the country, ensuring that cardholders can remove stains from a dress shirt or change an oil filter wherever they happen to be.
At Fringe, stylists keep abreast of the latest techniques for snipping strands and shifting hair shades through ongoing instruction from Paul Mitchell’s trainers. At a color bar, they custom-blend hues to transform manes into a new beach-ready blond or the precise shade of gray needed to blend in with a rival’s office cubicle. The salon encourages clients to unwind with a complimentary mimosa in the morning or a glass of wine or cold beer in the afternoon, and guests relax further during a manicure or pedicure.
Rock music and pizza. It’s an unlikely pairing as the inspiration for an Aveda salon, but in the hands of friends Jentry and Katy, it grew beyond that as the foundation of their local hair and makeup hub.
An Austin native, co-owner, and stylist, Jentry would sneak into his hometown’s Black Cat music venue while still underage to catch sight of acts such as Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Over the years, the hall came to represent Austin’s unique charm and live-music foundation, never succumbing to gimmickry or the status-quo throughout its lifespan. The venue’s ability to stick to its roots stayed with Jentry, remaining an inspiration when years later, he and a client, marketing whiz Katy, dreamed of opening their own salon. After months of late-night pizza-and-brainstorming sessions, the concept for their salon came full circle when a black kitten curled up on Jentry’s porch. In a unique move toward remembering a tenacious rock bar and what it stood for, the twosome founded their salon: The Black Cat.
Today, a fleet of stylists brandish their shears, color, and powder puffs amid decor that reflects The Black Cat’s grittier roots. Clients see the vintage script of the “Sorry, We’re Open” front sign before encountering the salon’s gray and blue walls accented with rustic wood furniture and panels. The result is a carefully curated contrast of sleek and scuffed, much like a hitchhiker’s diamond cufflinks.
Koolau Massage's therapists soothe muscles and alleviate aches with a wide range of massage techniques and scrubs forged from Canadian mineral sea salt. With more than 30 years combined experience, the therapists specialize in multiple modalities, including detoxifying hot-stone massage, trigger-point therapy, thai massage, neuromuscular therapy, and styles designed to rehabilitate injuries. Hot-stone massages ease tension, improve circulation, and banish toxins, aromatherapy soothes breathing tubes, and mineral salt scrubs invigorate backs, feet, and baked potatoes.
Eco Wash Hawaii employs a waterless wash system that's friendly to the environment. Every product used for waterless wash and wax services is biodegradable. From their outpost at the Windward Mall, staff members also restore headlights and work with minor scratch removal. Patrons are free to catch a movie or browse boutiques while their car receives its earth-friendly wipedown.
At The Color Queen, Allison is a master stylist and color correction expert with 20 years of experience and advanced training from Bumble and Bumble who renders precision, soft, or edgy cuts and uses low-ammonia coloring products. Using her experience fixing bad color jobs and as an image consultant, she expertly mixes up the best hues to complement skin tone and eye color, and serves a wide range of clients from lawyers and CEOs to stay-at-home moms and operate-at-home doctors.