If you’re not sure how to categorize Blind Barber—(Is it a barbershop? Cocktail lounge? Restaurant?)—just call it a men’s clubhouse. That description's just dandy with Adam Kirsch, who sat down with his partners Jeff Laub and Josh Boyd for a May 2012 LA Times interview. "We wanted to create a spot where we could just hang out any time of day," said Kirsch, "whether you’re partying, relaxing, getting your hair cut, or on your computer just doing work." And so they have. The concept was inspired by the Roaring Twenties, when going for a haircut meant socializing, discussing women, dealing cards, and playing Six Degrees of Jay Gatsby. Every cut, trim, and shave in the shop comes with a complimentary beverage and good conversation. With four barber stations arranged in an airy storefront space, and a bar in the back kicking out seasonal and specialty cocktails, beers, and sliders, Blind Barber has revived the art of looking dapper and the sanctity of feeling like you belong.
The first thing to notice at Soaptopia in Mar Vista is, predictably, the racks and racks of homemade soaps. But the second thing will definitely be the medley of scents; rich lavenders, crisp mint and citrus zests fill the air, as bars with off-beat names like Bub Marley and Petalmint Patty each give off their own fragrance. Each of these soaps are made on sight, from a small kitchen adjacent to the boutique soap company’s main retail floor. That’s where you’ll find more than just those scented soap bars; Soaptopia also carries lotions, creams and massage candles, with various products lining the walls to entice customers. The various combinations of scents and soaps available also make Soaptopia a strong option for indecisive shoppers looking to put together gift baskets for loved ones – or maybe for themselves.
Bronze Buns Tanning Salon opens its doors seven days a week so pallid bodies can bronze. Patrons can take catnaps atop tanning beds while their skin darkens ever so slightly. Custom new VersaSpa Pro spray tans imbue guests with a golden hue without the harmful effects of UV rays.
Inside the sunny La Peer Beauty shop, patrons assisted by licensed pulchritude professionals browse glass shelves stacked high with candy-colored OPI nail polish, high-end skincare and hair products, and fragrances in twinkling bottles or room diffusers. Colognes such as Thymes’s Agave Nectar leave a bright, crisp fragrance on dermises, and skincare regimens from brands such as Dermalogica treat façades stressed out by harsh weather or the thought that professional wrestling is fake. An arsenal of curling and straightening irons and hair-dryer attachments help home stylists create their ideal dos, and hairsprays such as L’Oreal Elnett keep styles fast in place. An onsite salon puts La Peer’s products to the test as stylists trim hair or add extensions, aestheticians treat skin with facials and eye treatments, and wax techs whisk away unwanted hairs.
This luxurious, London-style barbershop invites men to lounge in plush leather recliners while having their faces de-fuzzed. As men kick back, barbers, barber assistants, and barber-like holograms apply hot towels to calm prickly stubble before a rich, foamy cream is lathered on. The skilled hairsmiths then sheer off follicular foliage using a classic, straight razor. Newly non-hirsute clients are revivified with the application of a brisk cold towel, top-quality toner, and moisturizer, rendering their faces as youthfully handsome as a baby in a powder blue tuxedo. The decadent service takes only 30 minutes and unfolds in an interior full of dark woods, rich red brick, and urbanely exposed heating.
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