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.
From a storefront tucked inside one of Capitol Hill’s many brick buildings, stylist-owned Salon Moxi offers basic cut and styling services, as well as full and partial-foil color, balayage color application, hair extensions and chemical-free dreadlocks. Inside, high ceilings, stormy blue walls, wood floors and large plants and trees create a safari-like feeling for customers hunting for that elusive perfect look. Funky stylists love to deliver a dramatic look, but still play well with requests from those who keep it safe for work or like a more understated look. Hairdressers use sustainable and eco-friendly product lines containing natural ingredients and excluding harsh chemicals, including Italian brand Davines, Kevin Murphy’s salon line and sulfate-free line Loma, meaning customers never need to feel guilty for looking good.
Recognized as one of Seattle’s coolest and hippest hair salons, people are often surprised by the welcoming, laid-back ambience of this spacious brick-walled storefront in Belltown. The dark walls create a cozy setting that is trendy but never off-putting, and Vain’s talented stylists are known for listening to clients and creating fashion-forward, contemporary color and cuts. When you schedule an appointment, you’ll be asked questions before being matched with the appropriate stylist to craft your dream cut, from an avant-garde masterpiece to simpler trims. Vain’s attached boutique offers a fun, affordable selection of jewelry, gifts and accessories. With other locations in Ballard and West Seattle, Vain even works with hard-to-service hair like dreadlocks, making it a truly all-encompassing salon.
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.
This warm and informal salon, with its exposed brick walls and red and gold accents, sits behind a picture window on Belltown’s charming retail corridor of independent shops, bars and restaurants. At Salon Ciba, unisex and children’s cuts are available seven days a week, as is a full menu of coloring services, including foils, bleaches, glosses and conditioning. Texturing services include Brazilian blowouts, keratin smoothing treatments, permanents, relaxers and thermal straightening. On-staff specialists can handle hair extensions, braiding or wedding and special occasion styling, too. Salon Ciba’s Belltown location offers makeup consults and Tigi makeup products. Those with hair appointments get free makeup touchups, too.
Shear Madness, located only a few blocks from the University of Washington, is big on boldness. They loudly proclaim the best haircuts in the surrounding University District, and their funky, modern salon space doesn’t shy away from strong décor. Stone walls and flashing street lights set the stage inside this high-ceilinged outpost, while a chalkboard wall declares the prices for each service. A dual-action salon space, Shear Madness caters to both men and women, offering basic cuts, trims and clips for guys and more controlled options for gals. Coloring, waxing, blowouts and full session washing sessions are available, serviced by hip, young stylists that aren’t afraid to point customers towards a certain “in” look.