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.
Christen Cottam can describe scents on an atomic level, although she prefers to discuss the emotional, memory-based side of fragrance with her clients at Knows Perfume. According to the West Seattle Herald, Cottam taught high-school science and worked as a biotech sales rep, explaining complex, ethereal concepts to laypeople. Now, she helps clients discover their favorite fragrances and find words to interpret their sensory experiences. Cottam backs up her methods with hard facts: She eschews paper test strips because scents evolve when they mingle with chemicals on the skin, and explains that citrus seems fresher and lighter than musk because of its lower molecular weight and the deodorant it wears.
Cottam opened the boutique in 2010 to showcase uncommon fragrance lines such as Smell Bent and Aroma M, which are not necessarily distributed at department stores. Under a high, wood ceiling that maximizes ventilation, Cottam cultivates an indie fragrance community through perfume classes, scent "tastings," and an art gallery she curates and opens for the monthly West Seattle Art Walk. Cakes from Baked Seattle grace every Knows event, as do patrons' keen-nosed, four-legged companions, who are also welcome to sojourn from the gossip at the fire hydrant into the shop's aromatic yet apolitical atmosphere.
At Well Medical Arts, nurse practitioner Dominique Well and her certified team perform a variety of anti-aging treatments tailored to the individual client. The staff combines scientific techniques with a soothing, spa-like atmosphere, educating clients and helping them cultivate inner and outer beauty. Services range from vitamin deficiency testing to Ultherapy—an FDA-approved skin-tightening and lifting treatment.
Within its sparkling suites, Desert Sun Tanning Salon wields top technologies that bronze and freshen figures. After entering the soothing spa atmosphere, complete with golden walls and a mirage of a fishing village filled with sparkling merpeople, patrons can attract elastic double-takes with firmer, younger-looking skin from the red-light-therapy treatment. Quarter-hour sessions help stimulate the production of collagen and capillaries, plumping sunken cells, increasing circulation, and helping heal cuts or scars incurred by activities such as paper stacking or armed thumb wars.
Imena Salon and Spa freshens up cranial covers and takes haughty hair down a peg with a variety of hair services that go well beyond the reliable cut ($29+). Add-on conditioning treatments ($14+) feed malnourished manes with necessary nutrients and moisture. The full foil coloring ($84+) transforms faded follicles back into technicolor tresses. Otherwise, combine a spa manicure ($45) and pedicure ($55) from Imena's nail services, during which you'll enjoy therapeutic soaks, massage, exfoliation, and more. Facials ($75–$95) can be custom concocted to match your skin, and the 60-minute clarifying back treatment pampers the body's oft-neglected textbook toter with a cleansing, exfoliating, and purifying session that releases geysers of pent-up tension from your pore's blow holes ($75). You can also remove prickly skin sprouts with a waxing of the brow & lip ($25), or go full-throttle and render your south-of-the-equator samba-compliant with a Brazilian ($70+).
Nail Time's experienced technicians brighten finger shields with while pampering patrons in a clean spa-like environment. During the 30- to 45-minute Shellac manicure, one of Nail Time's seasoned staffers carefully clips nails to the length of your choice before shaping them into soft curves, squarish edges, or sharp points designed to replace cumbersome letter openers. Then, they'll exfoliate grippers with an eco-friendly sugar scrub and soothe them with a refreshing massage. Technicians will then carefully apply the vibrant Shellac polish of clients' choice upon lackluster nail beds, where it will remain for up to 14 days. Nails are gussied up further with elegant french tips, which are much more refined and appealing than the serrated spear tips worn by wealthy Vikings. After the manicure, customers receive a set of essential spa materials to take home, including a file and buffer, an acrylic sander, and two toe separators to help with home pedicures and prevent fisticuffs between arguing digits. Nail Time also offers free chip repair to customers.