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Jane Park Julep Nail Salon
It's the thoughtful touches that make former Starbucks exec Jane Park's nail parlor stand out: cozy (but unfussy) custom decor, nontoxic polishes, and complimentary neck warmers and chocolates with every treatment. Read More
Originally published on June 8, 2007
Julep Nail Parlor
You laughed (at the tickly pumice). You cried (when clumsy nicked your cuticle). You hurled obscenities (when everything chipped in less than 24 hours).
Add a Southern accent, and your last mani-pedi could have been a scene from Steel Magnolias. (Minus the gooey female bonding and Dolly Parton’s rack.)
Time for a more genteel experience. Like the one you’ll find at Julep, a cozy new nail salon in the U District. (Of all places.)
The spacious spot has a flickering fireplace, warm wood accents, and modern decor. But it’s the extras that seal the deal: hospital-grade sterilizing equipment, paraben-free lotions, and reflexology with every treatment.
Owner Jane Park wants Julep to be a gathering place (shocker: she’s a former Starbucks exec). So she custom-designed rearrangeable furniture (making groups and bridal parties a snap) and commissioned nontoxic polishes (which means no nasty smells).
Thank you, ma’am, you’ll have another.
Julep, 5001 25th Avenue Northeast, across from University Village (206-985-6644 or myjulep.com).
Fauzia Morgan Sacred Skin Therapy Facials
In a tucked-away studio in an unassuming Phinney Ridge house, ace facialist Fauzia Morgan works magic on clients' skin using a holistic approach and decadent, organic, Hungarian-made products. Read More
Originally published on February 14, 2007
Why the Long Face?
Sacred Skin Therapy Facials
Sometimes it’s in the break room (who ate your brownie?); sometimes in the bedroom (who took your pants off?). Every now and then, you come up short.
But you should never take chances when it comes to spa treatments. Forget wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am and call Fauzia Morgan, a facialist and holistic practitioner who goes the distance.
Morgan’s luxurious, all-organic facials last 90 minutes, are totally personalized (hydrating facials, glycolic peels), and include facial acupressure and upper body massage. From the outside, her new Phinney Ridge studio doesn’t look like much — but you’ll relax as soon as you enter the soothing pale blue and chocolate rooms.
She uses Hungarian products (like yam and pumpkin or cranberry and pomegranate masks) that will leave your skin glowing and also whips up custom tea and bath salts for you to take home.
You’ll feel blissful for days and days.
And that’s the long and short of it.
Sacred Skin Therapy, 6306 Phinney Avenue North, at 63rd Street (206-229-7176 or sacredskintherapy.com).
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Karen Jahn The Wax Bar
Longtime Seattle skin guru Karen Jahn's new waxing boutique makes a painful process infinitely more enjoyable with its beach house-style interior, alcoholic libations, and blessedly speedy practitioners. Read More
Originally published on September 21, 2007
The Wax Bar Opens
Between the temperance movement, the tireless campaigning, and pre-Industrial Revolution hygiene, poor Susan B. Anthony had it rough.
But the lady did have one advantage: She never had to live through the indignity of a Brazilian wax.
You, on the other hand, put the “suffer” in suffragette. So exercise your right to a quick and painless experience at Ballard’s new Wax Bar, opening today.
With almost a decade at Habitude under her belt, owner Karen Jahn is also a pioneer. Her spotless haven of hair removal takes waxing super seriously, while conjuring an airy and intimate Miami beach-house vibe.
Men are welcome, too, although they might take a little longer.
Because when it comes to hirsuteness, we weren’t all created equal.
The Wax Bar, 5915 15th Avenue Northwest (206-789-2963 or thewaxbarseattle.com).