Open since 1946, Frederick’s Beauty Salon sits along a busy street in Seattle’s north-side Greenwood neighborhood. On any given visit, expect to see children getting their first haircuts, brides receiving wedding advice and women of a certain age sporting old-fashioned hair curlers. Frederick’s boasts a staff of seven whose expertise runs the full complement of services for women, men and kiddos, and who cater willingly both to newcomers and longtime clients. With a distinctly mid-century vibe, complete with scripted detailing and on the plate-glass window and vintage touches, the shop’s staff love pampering customers. That means in-salon bridal styling, facial waxing and ultimate treatment blowouts, with promise to restore sheen to “dull, lifeless, dried and fried” hair.
Though their moniker implies a limited focus on only two treatments, the staff at The Lash & Wax Boutique has padded their aesthetic portfolio with far more services than just eyelash extensions and body waxing. Their classic and clarifying facials keep complexions smooth, and six assorted peels help fight signs of aging in delicious flavors such as blueberry and pomegranate. Spray tans, permanent-makeup applications, and long-lasting mink and synthetic lashes give the facility a spa-like feel. However, the real staff specialty is hair removal that reaches way beyond wax?the staff also banishes unwanted strands via threading and body sugaring, which is not only a gentler depilatory than wax, but receives a far warmer reception when accidentally dropped into a pot of coffee.
The Beauty Lab's aestheticians keep faces looking their best by focusing on one feature at a time. They can install eyelash extensions that subtly enhance the length and volume of each lash, and they can tint brows for an extra bit of drama. They can clear away blemishes with PCA Skin treatments, and they can wax away stray hairs to keep chins and upper lips smooth. Combine all of the above treatments—or even just one or two of them—and you're left with a complexion as beautiful as nature intended it to be. Once you're looking your best, pay a visit to the massage therapist. She's an expert in soothing away the aches that prevent you from tackling the world, or that new IT guy who looks like he could really use a good tackle.
Set on a suburban street in North Seattle, inside an unassuming brick building, Valentine’s Men’s Grooming Salon provides a full range of cosmetic services for the contemporary man. From traditional haircuts and beard trims to manicures and “refined men’s facials,” this appointment-only salon serves men of all ages and styles, from seniors to hipsters, business types to street artists. Owner and founder Thaddeus Valentine, famous himself for giving away free haircuts to the homeless, oversees a staff that gives its clients the same kind of comfortable grooming experience normally reserved for upscale beauty salons. Especially noteworthy: the King of Kings full treatment, a plush package that, for a mere $195, will tease, tweak, snip and shape all manner of facial and head hair, leaving guests feeling fresh and looking regal.
The owners of The Score Card Bar & Grill take sports very seriously, showing live sporting events on numerous flat-screen TVs and hosting weekly tournaments on five electronic dartboards. Between games of pool or skee-ball, diners can enjoy breakfast dishes served all day, meatloaf sliders, or platters of spicy nachos topped with cheddar-jack cheese, ground beef, salsa, and guacamole. Shelves of glittering bottles illuminate bartenders as they skillfully muddle cocktails and pour draft beers behind an L-shaped bar as guests watch in wonder with widened, O-shaped eyes.
The Beauty Lab's menu of facials, PCA skin treatments, and hair-removal services actually acts as more of a jumping-off point than a rigid list. That's because all these treatments—not just the custom ones—use products tailored to the client's skin and personal preferences.
Facials rely on specialized masks and serums to fight signs of aging, combat acne, or keep the skin looking as dewy as a blade of grass in a plants pin-up calendar. Different PCA peel ingredients can be blended together and enhanced with a collagen-boosting retinol if the client needs it. And because many people have sensitive skin or simply distrust soft wax, The Beauty Lab offers two more hair-removal agents in addition to traditional soft wax—hard wax and a sugar paste mixed by an onsite aesthetician.