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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Lacquer Lounge “beautique” opens in Queen Village

After moving to Philadelphia from Miami, the city of a thousand beauty-nail-salon spas, Lisa McElhone saw an opportunity in Philly. In June 2012, she opened the Lacquer Lounge in Queen Villagewhere she felt there wasn’t a welcoming place to get a manicure or pedicure or your make-up done.

Lacquer Lounge, 501 Fitzwater St.
She calls it a “beautique.” It’s not quite a spa, but not only a nail salon. This month she is furthering this one-stop-shop concept by adding specialized air-brush tanning, waxing and blow-out services, plus a small gift shop.

The decor of the Lacquer Lounge is loaded with feminine white and pink flourishes and is sparkling clean. They are “obsessed with cleanliness” and they feed this obsession by using disposable liners in the foot baths and following a strict set of health and safety standards to keep the equipment sterile and free from the bad things that can grow in a nail salon.
Say hi, Lisa
There is a whole page dedicated to this on their website (warning before reading: ignorance is bliss). The site is in the process of being overhauled to show all the new services being added and to have the ability to book appointments online. It should be up and running soon.

McElhone also values customer service and has created a relaxed and friendly environment to get your beauty on. They are kid-friendly as well (but not too kid-friendly for those of you who enjoy time away from the rugrats). You can even throw parties there.

Find her on Facebook here.

- Martha Rich, martharich.com

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Bizarre Bazaar collectors boutique opens in Queen Village

Are you in need of a life-sized Hannibal Lecter? A working mini vacuum cleaner in its original packaging? A Charles Manson autograph? or Naughty Stewardesses posters? How convenient it is that Bizarre Bazaar featuring Professor Ouch’s Odditorium opened this fall at 720 South 5th Streetin the former Astro Vintage space.

The store is owned by a man who goes by the name Professor Ouch, which should tell you at least a little about the place. It’s for the anti-Pottery Barn set and packed sky high with things you didn’t know you needed. Stocked by a co-op of specialized collectors, the store sells a stash of vintage toys, posters, autographs, novelties, and tons more.

Professor Ouch has been a fixture on the Philadelphia underground scene and he has his fingers in lots of pies. He owns Philadelphia Eddie’s Tattoo shop nearby in Queen Village, runs the annual Hot Rod Hoedown, hosts the Rockabilly Roadhouse Radio weekly on WPRB 103.3 FM, plus monthly gigs hosting live music events at Jack’s Twin Bar in Jersey (where Bill Haley gave birth to Rock n’ Roll) and at Philly’s own Bob & Barbara’s.

Bizarre Bazaar is his most recent endeavor. In January he plans to open Professor Ouch’s Great American Odditorium and World Museum in a room in the back, featuring a Cabinet of Curiosities.

The professor’s web presence is a little scattered, but you can find more about him on Instagram, Facebook and here.

With a name like Professor Ouch, you’d think he would look more sinister.

 

Utterly terrifying
Eh, that’s not so scary
It works!
Out front at 720 S. 5th St.

 

- Martha Rich, martharich.com

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Bella Vista rejoice! South Street state store reopens

After shutting its doors this summer for expansion and renovations, the Wine and Spirits Shoppe at 724 South St.has been transformed into a shiny new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. It reopened a couple weeks ago, and it was worth the wait.

So much fancier.
Gone are the red canvas awning, the dusty cramped quarters and box-filled aisles. Instead, the renovated store has doubled in size and a complete overhaul of the interior was done, including new windows, floors and ceilings, freshly painted walls, warmer lighting, sleeker displays and wider aisles, plus a sophisticated face lift of the exterior.
The store still stocks everyone’s old standbys, but they have expanded their wine and liquor selections and added a “Chairman’s Selection” wall that showcases “highly-rated favorites and undiscovered gems” selected by the PLCB wine-o’s, err, experts. That’s where you can find the real deals.
There is also talk of wine and spirits tastings and promotional events, but none have been scheduled as of yet. Hours are the same, though, which means it’s still closed on Sundays. Grrr.
Now when are they gonna do something with the crappy state store at 11th and Wharton? That half-empty storeroom is bigger than the store.

- Pictures and words by Martha Rich, martharich.com

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Shot Tower Coffee owner opens DIG Yoga in Bella Vista

Mariel Freeman, one half of the team that opened Shot Tower Coffee at 6th and Christian, has tapped into her other passion and opened DIG Yoga in Bella Vista. After refurbishing a long-empty former stable at 410 Monroe St., she opened the studio in September with her partners and mentors, Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeney. Jezzeney and Elkind are internationally known yoga instructors who already have a studio in Lambertville and were looking to expand into the city.

On the first floor of the space is Zakti Fitness, where Pete Mattisoffers small group and personal fitness training. The harness hooks dangling from the ceiling show that this guy means business. Upstairs is the spacious yoga room with white brick walls, warm lighting, bamboo flooring and a high rustic beamed ceiling.

Freeman, who is a calm, welcoming, walking advertisement for yoga, plans to also open the space occasionally for art shows, lectures or other community events. The quiet studio is set back from Monroe Street and offers classes for everyone – kids, pregnant women, beginners to advanced – plus specialized teacher training.
Check them out at the free class they offer every Friday. And tell them Passyunk Post said hi.
The front entrance
Your tip-off that something is actually down the gated alley
Out the second floor window looking toward Monroe
Huge second floor yoga studio. Cool ceilings. 
Those are pads, not a contemporary couch
First floor S&M studio – er, personal training room
Has anyone been yet? Reviews?

- Pictures and words by Martha Rich, martharich.com
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