As recounted in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch, it was a hot day in July when JoAnn Buday's daughter ran into the house, breathlessly gushing about a newly discovered frozen treat called a "sno-ball." JoAnn was intrigued. She spent the day on the computer, her face illuminated in the glow of hundreds of shining reviews of sno-ball shops in New Orleans, where the dish originated. JoAnn had often dreamt of opening a frozen treat shop that would stand out among all the other yogurt and ice cream joints in southern California. Now, at last, she had a plan.
Today, JoAnn captains her own shop, whipping up the frosty snacks lauded by reporters from The Orange County Register. Beneath shelves of colorful syrups, JoAnn and her staff top fluffy shaved ice with more than 30 different types of syrups—including root beer, wine cooler, and coconut. They blend flavors and add layers of creamy ice cream to create imaginative combinations such as peach cobbler and caramel apple pop. Guests snack on frozen treats, hot dogs, and fresh baked goods on the tabletops that speckle the seating area. A colorful mural sweeps across the wall, depicting typical scenes from famous cities around the world, including diners lingering at a cafe in Paris and employed citizens paying their U.S. federal taxes in Seattle.
There are very few treatments that fall out of the beauty jurisdiction of Salon Le Rouge ’s stylists. They are, after all, equipped to snip and color hair, apply makeup, and spritz on natural-looking glows. And when they’re not busy topping digits with fume-free polish, they bring about soothing relief with facials and reflexology treatments.
The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
The threading specialists and experienced aestheticians at Rekha's Threading Salon preen and refresh faces with a variety of spa services. During lip and brow threadings, technicians twist a special 100% cotton thread against unwanted facial fuzz, evicting even the most free-spirited and delinquent hairs, including those that are one step away from becoming beauty-school drop outs. And because the process relies on soft thread, clients can anticipate modestly low levels of local swelling and redness.
Dark wood floors and sparse, spacious workstations with new chairs mark Bastian Salon’s sleek but comfortable salon space. In that space, stylists cut and sculpt hair into the latest styles, using products such as Evo and Moroccanoil to texturize and detangle tresses. They also specialize in Japanese thermal straightening, as well as coloring and highlights.