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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Gritty City Woman Gets a Fresh Lid and a Drunken Rooster: Azarra Salon and Wine

Fresh lid? Yes. I have a shorter, sassier, “summery-er” hairstyle (summery-er is not a word I know, but it captures the feeling, eh?) courtesy of my hair zen master Aura Mae of Azarra Salon and Wine. Drunken Rooster? Drunken Rooster WINE (Grenache), that is. And it was yummy.

Grit City has its very own groovy salon and wine bar all rolled up in one. Azarra Salon and Wine recently unveiled their new digs in the Harmon Building on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. The new space features a cool reception room that overlooks Pac-Ave. (the people watching cannot be better!) and each stylist has their own room! Aura’s room is the “wine room” (how appropriate for this Gritizen). Excellent labels, good prices, and wine discussion—total fun. I loved being in my own little room as a client—it really feels like the focus is on YOU. And even better, I am surrounded by liquor. Bonus!

But seriously though, I love this concept and the look and feel of this place. And really, Aura and staff are cut and color experts. I have had the best hair looks and styles that I’ve had in YEARS. And I tried some highlights for kicks and they are PERFECT, every time.

Wanna check it out? Go for it, but read HERE first.


P.S. Before you ask, no, there are no pics at the moment of the new ‘do. My eyes are swollen, puffy, and dark circled from acute allergies and I have a scrape on my face (don’t ask). Plus, I don’t want to scare off any potential Azarra Salon and Wine clients. So, when I get back to “normal” (yeah, so to speak), you’ll get your pic.


Stephanie Frieze said...

I enjoyed your great review, Kim. Was the scrape a biking accident? Good luck with the allergies.

Get Some Hairapy! said...

happy to be of service! glad you enoyed the Rooster. :)

Kim Thompson said...

Stephanie: Oh my allergies are MISERABLE. My right eye is completely swollen. I've been using eye drops and allergy meds, but they don't touch it (enough). No bike accidents, thank goodness! Let's just say, this ADULT rubbed her face on the pillow so hard to scratch my eyes; well, nuff said (e.g. STUPID!).

Here there, GSH. You are awesome. So, wanted to show the love. Back for more highlights soon.

Lorraine Hart said...

Mama Nature is giving me the highlights now Kim!

So sorry to hear about your allergies. My hubby has been suffering badly too...the grass pollen is quite high now.

I guess, as long as the hair-stylists aren't dipping into the wine as well, putting these two together might be fun...just make sure you make your decisions BEFORE you pick up that glass...and you always have your designated driver.

Kim Thompson said...

Hey Lorraine!

Thanks for the note. There's no drinking on site; just wine purchases to take home.

Lorraine Hart said...

Phew! I had sort of a crazy picture in my head! LOL

Kim Thompson said...


Stephanie Frieze said...

Gosh, so did I! I thought you sipped wine while getting your hair done.

Kim Thompson said...

Not that I would MIND doing that! Ha, ha, ha!

Stephanie Frieze said...

I think the movie version could be very entertaining. I see Dana Carvy as the hairdresser.