A calming oasis a few miles off Petaluma Boulevard on Bodega Avenue, Tammy's Beauty Salon cocoons visitors in a relaxing environment for all kinds of body pampering. Contained in one of Petaluma's historical shingle houses from the 1920s, Tammy's provides a touch of vintage charm to their modern treatments. At Tammy's, a friendly and skilled staff waits perched to get every customer's digit cap shined and polished; manicures start at $15 and pedicures for $25. Facials are $60, primed to deforest clogged pores, while haircuts start at $16, ready to prune forests that need keeping. Spa goers with miniature versions of themselves in tow don't need to worry about finding a babysitter, as a separate play area for kids filled with toys and games is readily available. When leaving, doff a hat with a polished hand to Old Nacho, the neighboring horse, and rest assured that the twinkle in his equine eyes is a compliment to a newly gleaming and stress-free visage.
Licensed cosmetologist Michele Flannery has transformed more heads than she can count over the last 35 years. Her vast experience has vaulted her to the level of master colorist, both on manes and in coloring books. During her tenure in the beauty industry, she has spread her wealth of knowledge as a national educator and platform artist for such companies as Mastey de Paris and IT&LY Hairfashion.
Prepping for a big event usually requires multiple salon stops: one for the updo, another for the nails, and the last for a spray tan. Not so at Solar Flair, where stylists perform all these services and more. They bring about bronzy glows with a choice between 11 tanning beds or a UV-free Mystic spray-tan booth. The full-service salon also polishes exteriors with glycolic peels and waxing treatments. This one-stop beautification frees up time before big events for relaxing at home or making googly eyes at the mirror’s handsome new reflection.
Shannon?s work surface is no larger than a fingernail?literally. The nail technician clips overgrown nails and curbs cuticles as she preps nails for an eye-catching paint job. She covers nails in a variety of hues, and adds 3D art from flowers to hearts to spare keys so her clients will never get locked out again. Shannon works out of The Loft at the Boulevard.
Noelle Campbell-Goodrich made her foray into the hair industry by working as an apprentice at Sugar Salon. With that experience under her belt, she went on to study at Toni&Guy in New York City and Vidal Sassoon San Francisco. When she returned home, she became the head stylist at Sugar Salon and eventually the owner. After five years of leading her own staff, her continual curiosity about hair prompted a move to Sonoma and a new job at Cheveux, which means "hair" in French and "I can't hide my ears" in Elvish.
Housed inside a historic yellow house, Cheveux's remodeled interior features black-and-white checkered floors, white wainscoting, and inset shelves. A fireplace keeps patrons warm during the winter and entertains eyes with four portraits of the Beatles as seen through the eyes of an actual beetle. Amid these posh furnishings, Noelle performs services such as extensions, straightening treatments, and bridal updos under the watchful gaze of owner Sharna Haver. In addition to molding manes with products by Redken, Wella, and Agadir, the stylists at Cheveux also raised funds for Voices, an organization that provides education, housing, and employment for young adults transitioning out of foster care.
Santé Restaurant’s refined menu of contemporary French and American cuisine has earned the eatery honors including a Michelin star and an AAA Four Diamond Award. The sophisticated yet simple cooking showcases the quality of the ingredients, many of which are locally sourced—on the current menu, the tasting of beef entree features a filet mignon from Niman Ranch, and dessert courses boast zinfandel-poached black mission figs. Chefs also search out of state for high-end delicacies, such as butter-poached Maine lobster, which graces a grown-up mac ‘n’ cheese dish the New York Times dubbed a “must-try” in 2010. To complement the cuisine, the menu also features more than 500 wines from throughout Napa and Sonoma, earning the restaurant an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.
The dining room cultivates an elegant atmosphere, with low-lit sconces and French doors designed to fling open only for the freshest spring breezes. The sunshine-yellow hues of walls, plates, and tablecloths also help evoke a comfortably refined ambiance.