Given our Pacific Coast location, it’s only natural that Eastern reflexology should trickle overseas to aid Seattle’s weary feet. Whether you’re looking to enhance your circulation, relieve stress or take a load off after breaking in those brand new Jimmy Choos (or hiking boots), you’ll find an array of reflexology options in this pedestrian-proud city. Just don’t expect a pampered pedicure alongside the therapeutic poking and prodding.
Eastern Foot Reflexology: eN Salon
We’re seeing red on chic heads across town. Lisa Power has been helping women take the plunge for years (Lisa Power Salon, Lower Queen Anne, 536 Fifth Ave. W, #102; 206.216.2900; lisapowersalon.com) but all-around color expert Gary Howse, co-founder of Gary Manuel Salon, is now also specializing in the scarlet hues after a recent educational trip to Aveda headquarters in London, where redheads are the rage.
The latest trend to get kids reading comes from the adult playbook: Create a club-like atmosphere, serve up food and let the conversation flow. In the past year, bookstores such as Mockingbird Books in Green Lake and Secret Garden Books in Ballard have created book clubs for kids of all ages. “We knew it would be popular,” says Suzanne Perry of Secret Garden, which started a club for ages 13 to 19 and has local superstar young-adult author Liz Gallagher moderate it.
Since organization is an ongoing occupation for busy parents, finding the perfect calendar system can be trial after trial, error after error. A suggestion? Give Pioneer Square’s Cozi.com a go and the pieces of your hectic life just might fall into place. The online family organizer, created by ex-Microsofties Robbie Cape and Jan Miksovsky, is a free service with easy-to-use tools that make structure seem achievable.
Before you become intimidated by the supermom in your ’hood who is known for making over-the-top valentines for her child’s classmates, we give you a reprieve. With the help of Emily Grosse, co-owner of crafting studio Assemble on Phinney Ridge, we present simple tips on creating great-looking, affordable, easy, non-cheesy cards. The best part? The kids do most of the work. Kavita Varma-White
Long the exclusive purview of professional groomers, the power to beautify dogs is being made readily available to mere mortals with the advent of do-it-yourself dog salon Rex (1402 12th Ave.; 206.682.3941; rexseattle.com). Scheduled to open this month, the welcoming space at the base of Trace Lofts on Capitol Hill features reclaimed and recycled materials, such as a giant antique scale and old wooden beams (used for human seating), plus eight custom-designed self-service wash bays.
Designer Binh Nguyen is a bit of surprise, even to himself. A hip-hop emcee in a previous life, the 31-year-old left music behind in 2006 when his 2-year-old niece was diagnosed with cancer. After spending months with tykes at Seattle Children’s, he dramatically shifted career focus to kids’ wear, starting off silk-screening custom hoodies and teaching himself to sew. “I used to want fame, be a successful Asian-American emcee,” Nguyen laughs. “But I couldn’t care less about becoming famous now.
Rio Estolas has gone retro. The former owner of Ballard streetwear shop Officials Urban Clothing (which closed in 2004), Estolas has blended street and sport at his similarly named new venture, Officials Vintage (Fremont, 3602 Palatine Ave. N; 206.257.5027; officialsvintage.blogspot.com), a quaint showroom stocked with old-school sportswear. Open since last fall, the boutique’s selection of deadstock (not previously worn) swag includes Starter coats, snap hats and high school letterman’s jackets.
Tis’ the season for shopping (or in my case just wandering the men’s department trying to find a gift for the guy who declared he just wanted socks for Christmas, sigh) and the holiday sales and fests are in full swing this weekend, and the weeks beyond. Stay tuned each Friday as we highlight the best in holiday shopping, below I’ve plucked this week’s favorite fests, my current new jewelry obsession—and a great way to get a little R&R during the fray:
The new nidra sleep treatment at Vida Spa begins with a warm cup of tea in the cozy, fireside relaxation room, where guests have been known to nod off. After a soothing aromatherapy massage and press-and-release tension relief on the scalp, temple, neck and shoulders, you’ll be sent home with newfound Zen. Each guest receives a personalized “sleep prescription” with recommendations on diet and tips for falling asleep, as well as soothing lavender bath salts and a rice-filled eye mask. $130/hour. South Lake Union, Pan Pacific Hotel, 2200 Westlake Ave.; 206.264.8432; vidaspas.com
Embrace your choosy side at new downtown beauty joint American Cutting Co. (1123 First Ave.; 206.395.2060; americancuttingco.com). Occupying the former Maison Luxe space, the salon tailors its à la carte–style menu to suit your time and budget. Pick from shampoo and cut ($22, without dry and style; $47, for additional blow-dry), go for the full spruce-up (cut, full color, shampoo and dry, $105) or grab a spot at the blow-dry bar for a 30-minute blow-out style ($25).
Seattle has long struggled as a challenger in the fashion ring, but this year we finally upgraded to contender status. Our fleeced and frumpy reputation was KO’d by a growing number of fashion-focused events (Seattle Art Museum’s Remix runway shows, we’re talking about you), a brand-new citywide shopping week out (see page 103) and countless runway shows—more and more of which are showcasing creative, local talent. Circling the ring for their own shot at glory, a record 38 designers entered our third annual Seamless in Seattle contest.