In a hurry? The places that follow let you do two things at once, like get a haircut and stock up on handmade luggage, or practice your downward-facing dog and nurse a latte, saving you time and doubling your fun. By Jessica Allen.
In 1995 Paul Devitt took over the Thomas Beauty Salon on Fourteenth Street, and turned it into what he called a “beauty saloon.” Today the Beauty Bar has outposts across the United States. At the original location in the East Village, you can get a manicure and a martini for $10, or just sip a cocktail and listen to the DJ while hanging out beneath an old-school blow dryer. You can also marvel at the salon’s original price list, when a comb out cost $4 and a hair tint was $24. Past midnight, the atmosphere goes from kitschy to krazy.
The popular Soho store Saturdays Surf recently expanded to the West Village. Its second location is also a coffee bar, selling caffeinated drinks from Philadelphia-based roasters La Colombe Torrefaction. You can stock up on fancy sun cream, or the decidedly less fancy Zinka, or check out the latest in surf- and beach-wear, including Saturdays-branded towels, wetsuits by Cynthia Rowley, and sneakers by Vans. Last but not least, the store really does sell surfboards. Alas, you’ll have to remember to budget for a taxi, as the nearest surfable waves are quite a ways away.
Freemans Sporting Club sells more than bespoke clothes to wear while eating at its nearby restaurant, also called Freemans. It sells a lifestyle. And buying into that lifestyle means looking one’s best, always. F.S.C. Barber Services offers a shave and a haircut for $75, a straight razor shave for $40, and a hangover treatment for $25, among other services. You can purchase products too. Don’t expect your dad’s barber, however. While the guys at the two Manhattan locations might wear the white coat, the full-sleeve tattoos and intensely pomaded “bed head” hair are two of the many reminders that times have changed.
When you think about it, Greenpoint’s Corner Frenzy has the perfect double-duty set up: you go to M&W Laundromat to wash your clothes. So far, so good. As you wait to add the fabric softener, you smell freshly made empanadas, or perhaps the heat from the industrial dryers makes you start to more closely examine the many flavors of soft serve for sale. Do you dare? If you spill something, you’ll have to start your wash over, and so the cycle will begin again. Your only option is to eat neatly—or you’ll never leave.
The Dressing Room Boutique & Bar
The Dressing Room Boutique & Bar is actually a three-fer. At this Lower East Side shop, you can sample adult beverages while browsing clothes made by emerging designers. Then you can take your drink and your finds to the Clothing Exchange downstairs, where you can hunt through the selection of vintage and gently used clothes and jewelry, and even offer up your own no-longer-beloved goods. (What the Dressing Room doesn’t buy gets donated to charity.) Sometimes there’s a DJ, and sometimes there’s a movie being projected onto a big screen, but there’s always a well-stocked bar and lots of lovely threads.
The Cobra Club
Some people bliss out by pouring a cocktail, others by getting into tree pose. At The Cobra Club in Bushwick, you can do both. Espousing an all-inclusive mantra, there are no beginner or advanced classes—just yoga, including “hangover yoga” and “baby + me,” as well as pilates. In addition to coffee drinks and light eats, like muffins and croissants, this newly opened studio serves beer, shots, and housemade concoctions named for songs by The Misfits, such as “Teenagers from Mars” (Aperol, soda, and prosecco) and “We Are 138” (St. Germain, honey simple syrup, lemon, and bourbon). Om and yum.