More change on 15th Ave E as 26-year-old salon shutters

Professional Permanents hair salon, seen here to the right in 1950, was part of the 85 years of beauty in the storefront Salon Ciba called home -- for more 15th Ave E before and after, check out octopup.org.

Professional Permanents hair salon, seen here to the right in 1950, is part of the 80+ years of beauty in the storefront Salon Ciba called home — for more 15th Ave E before and after, check out octopup.org.

Salon Ciba is joining the list of longtime businesses moving on from Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave E, but it has nothing to do with cash flow or rents said former owner Cindy Jarvis.

“That place was a cash cow,” she said.

Ciba joins a growing list of longtime 15th Ave E businesses to close or make big changes in the past few years, including On 15th Video, the Bagel Deli, North Hill Bakery and Chutneys, along with the Canterbury, which changed hands. Along with the overhauled Canterbury, the turnover has been matched and then some by new businesses and upgrades including a revamped Coastal Kitchen and new ventures like Nuflours, Rione XIII, The Wandering Goose, The Shop Agora, and Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe.

There had not been any proposed rent hike, beyond the typical annual increases for the Ciba space, said Stepanie Dozal of Metro Property Services, the company representing the landlord.

It’s too early to know what will become of the space; Dozal said she’d only found out in mid-September that Salon Ciba would be moving out. The business has the building until October 1st, so she delayed putting up for lease signs in the window for a while.

“We would love to have another salon,” Dozal said. Continue reading

After two years of business on E Pike, Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty muscles up Atomic Cosmetics production

A model shows off some Dr. Jen colors (Image: Atomic Cosmetics via Facebook)

A model shows off some Dr. Jen colors (Image: Atomic Cosmetics via Facebook)

(Images: Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty)

Armed with dramatic lip colors, bold eye shadow pallets, and luxurious body care products, Dr. Jen, as she’s known around Capitol Hill, has plans in place to streamline her neighborhood-based Atomic Cosmetics production with new makeup machinery.

With an eye shadow press, lipstick machine, and eyeliner pencil machine, Jen Dietrich says her growing E Pike company will be able to simplify a process currently done in her open lab that’s super labor intensive.

Formerly located within Retail Therapy, she’s since opened her Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty shop on the corner of Pike and Boylston, turning what was once a smoke shop into a toxin-free cosmetics lab and house of beauty thanks in part to glitter, chandeliers, and loads of pink.

“I wasn’t really sure how Seattle was going to respond to an open lab, but people love it. I can tell you I’m making this non-toxic makeup, but you’re actually watching me make it.” Continue reading

Bang hair salon expands Capitol Hill roots with E Pike addition, E Pine kid-friendly makeover

389861_413427638711414_1646176299_nA new option in E Pike hair styling is opening April 1 as Capitol Hill’s Bang hair salon expands with the unveiling of a second location in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, it’s giving its E Pine location a new, youthful spin.

Bang is taking over the former Chemistry Salon home and hoping to play on the success enjoyed at the original location on Pine, said owner Casey Nickole, as well as taking up a partial revamp of the original salon with plans for appealing to local kids.

“Bang Pine will have a gated kid play area with games, toys and coloring books,” Nickole writes. “The kid station has a mounted I-pad. The powers of distraction are so helpful when cutting a kids hair.” Kids also get a free scoop of gelato from neighboring D’Ambrosio after haircuts. Nickole, a parent herself, was inspired to provide a fun and secure place for kids in a community that leans more adult with the prevalence of bars and restaurants. Continue reading

Two new Capitol Hill businesses ready to help deliver the new you in the New Year (or just help the old you feel a little better)

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Brandon and Sami Sweeney at their newest Pure Barre studio, opening on Saturday, January 4th on Capitol Hill

Brandon and Sami Sweeney at their newest Pure Barre studio, opening on Saturday, January 4th on Capitol Hill

The New Year is upon us. Game plan to make those resolutions happen yet? If your goals include working to improve your fitness and enhance your looks, then at least two newcomers to Capitol Hill might be of interest to you. CHS visited the exercise studio Pure Barre, opening on E Pine Saturday and new skin care specialists Skoah, who opened a location on Broadway in late November, to see what they have to offer — and how much the “new you” will set you back.

Filling an approximately 2,000 square foot slot in the recently completed Collins on Pine—where retail spaces are now about 60% leased according to Trent Mummery of The Metropolitan Companies —Seattle’s third Pure Barre studio will offer its national franchise’s 55-minute ‘high-intensity but low-impact’ exercise classes several times a day, from morning to evening, seven days a week. The workouts combine elements of ballet (hence the “barre,” as in ballet bar), Pilates and yoga. They are designed to strengthen the whole body by building “long, lean, muscles,” while also being gentle on joints, the studio’s co-owner Sami Sweeney said.

“It’s just very safe work, and everyone can kind of work at their own level,” Sweeney said, just after emphasizing how challenging a Pure Barre class can be, which involves fatiguing muscles throughout the body until they “shake,” then stretching them. Sweeney said barre injuries are practically “non-existent.” Continue reading