Few things are more important to a well-groomed woman than her nails, and Seattle’s Julep nail parlor location is particularly adept at serving those needs. Located in downtown, adjacent to the Red Lion Hotel, Seattle’s Julep – with more locations in University Village, Bellevue and Gig Harbor – offers more than just attention to nails. Waxing and facial treatment round out the shop’s top qualities, while the most popular option remains the Julep Manicure, which combines a paraffin wrap and sea salt exfoliation with an extended massage session. Many of the treatments and manicure sessions are designed to last weeks, making sure customers can keep their fresh looks until it’s time to return for another session at the trendy, modern salon space, outfitted with comfortable treatment chairs and moody lighting.
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.
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.
Frequently regarded as one of Seattle’s best manicure and pedicure salons, Hoa Salon’s clean and spa-like environment is a cut above run-of-the-mill nail parlors that reek of chemicals and hum with televised soap operas. Hoa’s hushed Roosevelt store calms patrons with its ambient lighting and a welcoming front desk. There’s no TV here (though WiFi is available), just plenty of OPI polishes to choose from and a spa menu that features manicures, pedicures and waxing treatments. Add paraffin, an exfoliating scrub, a mask, or leg massage to soften and soothe skin while you’re at it. And for special occasions, groups can reserve a private room with six pedicure stations for all to enjoy. Staff will even happily secure a banquet permit so the champagne and boutique treats can flow freely while getting your nails done.
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.
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.