Beer Junction is a hybrid pub and beer retailer that boasts more than 35 refrigerators full of brews, as well as hard ciders by the bottle or six-pack, growlers to go, beer steins and various other accessories. Beer geeks who find a favorite bottle in the fridges can drink it onsite for a small corkage fee, and a rotating events calendar features guest brewers or themed tastings representing multiple different breweries. Beyond the bottles, Beer Junction sports several taps of locally made craft beer, as well as a few wines by the glass. If you’re hungry, Beer Junction sells munchies like nuts and popcorn, but focuses its expertise on beverages rather than food. Patrons with bigger appetites are encouraged to order in from the handful of local sandwich and pizza joints that deliver or offer nearby pickup, or bring in their own food.
West Seattle’s Ola salon, located in a former industrial space in the Luna Park neighborhood and facing a steel plant, packs a lot of character onto the cement floors behind its sliding garage windows. From a vintage furniture filled waiting room, beauty seekers can watch while male and female stylists offer cuts, color, blow outs, updos for special occasions and texture adjustments, including keratin treatments and permanents. Waxing, including Brazilian, is offered, as are spa services that range from the restful (customized facials, mud wraps) to the summer-ready (air brush tanning, back facials). Medispa treatments include botox, dermal fillers and peels.
West Seattle’s Pinup salon aims to deliver glamour to customers, offering hair services for men, women and kids. Whether they want a sassy Marilyn Monroe look, a classic cut for school or a dapper trim fit for the law firm, Pinup is the place to get a cut. Coloring techniques include balayage, full and partial foil, bleaching, shines and even rainbow hair coloring. Those seeking texture can opt for a perm, and those treating texture can go for relaxer treatments or a three-step DevaCurl process designed to make curly manes more manageable. Pinup offers multiple extension types, ranging from glue procedures to braid-in or sew-in weaves. To complete the look, facial waxing and brow or lash tinting are available, as is makeup application, or even lessons.
In a white-trimmed house steps from Alki Beach, aesthetician Trudy Muller works to leave clients' skin feeling as fresh as a sea breeze. Beneath the facial room's shimmering chandelier, she pampers visages with Dermalogica products and organic mud from the Austrian moor, taking care to customize experiences to specific needs and comfort levels. A sunlit waxing room with a soft, white bed hosts treatments for bikini lines and eyebrows, as well as glittery vajazzling. Trudy often doles out helpful beauty tips during sessions and lets her love for educating clients spill over onto a blog full of waxing pointers and humorous musings about her work.
Trudy’s passion for beautification doesn’t stop at clients. She also believes in beautifying the planet, a value she evidences by using eco-friendly skincare products. Additionally, Trudy welcomes patrons to bring in empty product bottles for recycling, an incentive backed up by an offer of receiving 5% off their next purchase.
Though she's been styling hair for 28 years, the last five marked a significant turning point in Kim Whitted's career. Five years ago, the Meche Organic Salon owner made the switch to organic products and carved out a niche for herself as a purveyor of hairdos that are as healthy as they are chic. Working out of her private suite at Grapevine Salons, Kim cuts, colors, and conditions hair using products that are 100% ammonia-free and never tested on animals, stuffed or otherwise. Her salon is also a registered distributer of Arbonne skincare products, which are vegan-certified and formulated without parabens.
Located on Mercer Island, and open since 1987, Studio 904 is both a beauty salon and spa. Its inviting, airy site, just a short walk from Mercedale Park, features fourteen different stylists under the tutelage of founder Kay Hirai. The staff’s range of beauty skills include not only shaping, cutting, coloring and refreshing the hair of women and men of all ages, but also performing facials, waxings and the normal supply of manicures and pedicures. first time clients enjoy a special $20 off discount, but most folks found in the simple black salon chairs have been longtime regulars. They mostly keep coming back for the staff, a dedicated group of professionals that love to make haircuts look great on anyone.