Most of us have things on which we’re OK spending a small fortune (running shoes & anti-aging skincare/sunscreen for me), but there are other items where we just don’t want to fork over any more money than possible.
Even though the Metro look for guys seems to be passe, guys, please feel free to chime in without feeling emasculated.
Here are a few places I’ve found where you can get quality services performed without breaking the bank:
Sara’s Hair Salon
Trolley Plaza on Fair Oaks Blvd. across from Pavilions
Just steps away from the perennial line-out-the-door Supercuts, you can get a quality haircut for $12-15 from seasoned professionals.Â Persian native Sara, her brother, and sister-in-law Roya operate this salon.Â The conversation is either lively or subdued (depending on your preference that particular day — they’re good at reading customers & if they’re wanting to chat), and these three have built a cult-like following of loyal customers.
This is the perfect place to drop off your car at Pavilion Car Wash, then make the short walk over to Sara’s for a trim.
Loehmann’s Plaza, across from Scott’s Seafood & next to Thai House
Get a mani-pedi for $27 in the reclining massage chair.Â Not only are they generous with the amount of time spent on the hand and foot massage portion of your treatment, but there’s usually a movie playing on their flat-screen TV.Â I’ve seen 60 minute segments of many fine films (if you can call “A Walk to Remember” a film), then go home and log onto the movie spoiler website to see what I missed. Â Manager/owner Tony runs a clean and efficient shop, and the ladies working on my toes never make fun of me for missing a toenail or two (or more) from running — they just paint over where the nail would be.
After you’re finished, pick up some Thai takeout from Thai House next door.Â Their green curry is awesome, as is the mango with sticky rice.
Arden Town Center, just down the way from Beach Hut Deli
While I’ve never gotten my nails done at this place, they do have an excellent brow waxer on duty.Â Working quickly and adroitly, she’s a bargain at $10.Â Guys, if you’re into the man-scaping thing, but not paying a lot for it, check it out.