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.
Most nail salons are all about speedy mani-pedis and quick chemical finishes, but not at Bella Nails & Spa. Clients here are warmly welcomed, offered complimentary beverages and offered an extensive lineup of pampering, beautifying services. The spa pedicure involves the traditional trimming and polish, but can also include a smoothing scrub, cleansing mask and a relaxing massage. Manicures also come with an optional shoulder massage, so you leave the elegant spa feeling as good as you look. Waxing services, eyelash extensions and facials are also available in private, comfortable spaces, as well as full-service salon options like haircuts, blowouts, coloring and beard trimming for the guys. The stylish space has also become a popular venue for customized spa parties.
Though mani-pedis may be a treatment for the extremities, their effectiveness as a relaxer is not to be underestimated: hands and feet happen to be some of the hardest-working parts of the body. At Nails BK Spa, nail techs understand that and create an environment that supports client comfort. Before each treatment begins, they encourage guests to get comfortable, enjoy complimentary drinks, and do one final knuckle-crack before they beautify hands and feet. With a careful eye toward sanitary practices, they also use new nail files and buffers for each customer. To help all clients make it in time for a treatment, the salon stays open until 8 p.m. on weekdays.
Casual and centrally-located, New Look Beauty Salon handles hair problems of all kinds,from basic cuts and bang trims to a variety of color methods using foils or balayage to hair extensions. It’s also one of the few salons in Seattle that offers clients Digital Perm processing, a perm technique, popularized in Japan, in which hair is wound around computer-controlled ceramic rods, so that thermal waves can be delivered to hair, resulting in a soft, wavy look rather than frizzy or dried locks. The salon also offers facials, lash and brow tinting, waxing (including Brazilian), as well as mani/pedi services. Due to its Wallingford location, New Look has become a go-to spot for nearby university students.
Sure, many stylists tend to beautify locks using nationally renowned salon products from Bumble & bumble and CHI. But few salons can brag that they've also developed their very own formulas based on their own professional experience and direct feedback from their clients. That's exactly what Derby Salon owner Alison Etter has done with her brand of timesaving, quality serums, Coy. The products are deployed by an eclectic crew of beautifiers who mesh not only professionally but personally, creating a fun atmosphere for both the stylists and their clients. In addition to haircuts and coloring, the multi-tasking aestheticians also give guests luxurious facials, massage, and shellac manicures.