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.
The High Brow’s aesthetician tucks 10 years of experience into her hands as she tackles pesky acne, oil, and fine lines on the face. She uses warm wax to quickly remove unwanted hair on the body, and shapes overgrown eyebrows into perfect arches. The studio’s floral-print chairs and cantaloupe-hued walls evoke a cheery atmosphere.
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.
Plato's Closet carries a wide assortment of gently used men's and women's clothing and accessories, ranging from affordable high-end retail brands to finer designer items. Surrounded by discounts of as much as 70% off retail price, uninhibited shoppers can construct a complete outfit or six without having to empty their wallets to pan for river diamonds. All of the merchandise that Plato's Closet stocks—including shoes, skirts, tanks, clutches, and more—is held to a strict quality standard and generally dates from the past 12 to 18 months. The racks of goods (individual items are often priced at less than $10) rotate constantly, and the front door goes ajar seven days a week, leaving a wide timeframe for store-crossed shoppers and garments to unite under seasonal practicality or astrologically illogical harmony.