Lavender walls surround Vanity Junkie's easygoing stylists as they transform patrons from head to toe with salon and spa services. Experienced hands carefully snip new hairstyles and infuse heads with color using products from brands including Redken, evo, label.m, and Pureology. Frizzy heads can be smoothed out, whereas perms convert flat tresses into well-orchestrated curls. Staffers also rejuvenate countenances with facials and microdermabrasion treatments, and extract or add hair to body areas with waxing and hair extensions, respectively. As stylists work, Vanity Junkie's street-facing garage door floods the main space with natural light that gleams off mirrored tables and a dangling chandelier. Before and after sessions, customers lounge at an in-salon bar enjoying coffee, beer, wine, and the comical screams of shorn locks as they fall to the ground.
Unless you’re a connoisseur, you might not recognize some of the brands at Visage Eyewear. The staff there searches far and wide for quirky labels, curating a unique spread of frames in their combination optometry and art-gallery space. The names of designers such as Bevel, Theo, Chrome Hearts, and ic!berlin adorn modish round spectacles, futuristic tinted shades, and tortoiseshell glasses with an air of wisdom. Beneath the energetic paint swirls of local artists, the in-house optometrist, Dr. Mila Ioussifova, can help clients find their prescription. The staff then waits to show them exciting frames that veer from the standard selection of dull plastic and tied-together telescopes.
QFC supplies kitchens and cabinets with a scrumptious array of fresh meat, organic produce, and homemade baked goods. Reward teeth for not biting into wax fruit by sinking pearls into artisanal Discover Delicious cupcakes, freshly baked in a variety of flavors. The salty-sweet fusion found in maple-bacon cupcakes provides a tasty way to satisfy USDA bacon requirements, and the peanut-butter-and-jelly cupcake brings together a delectable duo as classic as spaghetti and meatballs or onions and tears. Meanwhile, traditional tastes such as German chocolate, red velvet, and Boston cream keep decadence familiar, and all flavors can capably carry themselves during a birthday, dinner gathering, or midnight rendezvous.
Beau Bain, which means "beautiful bath" in French, is an elegant bubble and body-oil oasis boasting an eclectic array of high-quality artisan products. Its comprehensive collection showcases bath bombs, bath and body oils, body crèmes, body scrubs, and bath salts. The best-selling bath bombs, despite their bellicose name, are a peaceful breed that release natural oils into halcyon bath waters for the gentle pampering of thirsty skin cells. All products are made with fresh, natural ingredients––sans preservatives and paraben––and hail from a variety of family-owned artisan producers in locales such as France, Italy, Spain, and Turkey, as well as hometown hydration heroes of Seattle and Portland. As part of its core tenants, Beau Bain is committed to preserving the environment and offers eco-friendly packaging while never producing wasteful catalogues, shopping bags, or anti-climatic jokes. In addition, products are produced without animal testing or pop quizzing.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Essential Facial and waxing services
Brands Used: Dermalogica, Cirepil
Pro Tip: Come relaxed and ready to be pampered, and you will leave feeling beautiful.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
The Essential Facial, which is ideal for simple monthly maintenance for healthy skin. The treatment begins with cleansing, steam, and extractions. After exfoliating the skin, I perform a facial massage and apply a mask, toner, and moisturizer. I also include a relaxing scalp-and-hand massage. You will leave with a personal face-mapping sheet, as well as a recommended home skincare regimen.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
The salon is glamorous yet edgy. We have concrete floors, high ceilings, open windows that overlook the Pearl District, and chandelier lighting. As a full-service salon, we use and sell only professional products. My facial-and-waxing room is private, inviting, charming, and tranquil.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I love meeting people and making them feel special and beautiful through my facial and waxing services.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I love performing facials because they are a great way for my clients to treat themselves. Taking care of our skin and face is an essential part of staying and being healthy, yet it is also relaxing and pampering. It is a treat that should also be a normal part of taking care of ourselves.
With more than 20 locations in the greater Portland metro area and more throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths or high-pressure tanning beds. The salons also offer dozens of varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.