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It’s October – time for the 10th anniversary of First Friday and Globe Salon’s own 12th anniversary! – and we’re throwing a party to celebrate the two! We invite you to join us for Bubbles, Braids, Buns & Blowouts* – our signature B4-First Friday event – on Friday, October 5, 2012, 6:30–9pm.

We’ll be turning up the tunes, screening a classic film, sharing tapas provided by our neighhbors at the Lady Silvia and pouring complimentary bubbly from our friends at Uva Wine, all while helping you look your best for First Friday – Downtown’s premier dining, gallery crawling and bar-hopping party! In fact, after we get your look dazzled, our neighbors at Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art have a fab new exhibit opening that night from the Vegas Vernacular Project that you won’t want to miss, plus, the Lady Silvia is a great place to get the night’s party started!

During our event, our Fabulous Blowouts will include a complimentary Kerastase Instant Treatment; this red-carpet combo (normally $85) will be only $35. Or, skip the shampoo and stick with sexy braids or an authentic stylish bun for only $25. We’ll also have retail specials (Kerastase and Bumble + bumble styling products at 20% off regular retail pricing, limited to two items per SKU), and our aesthetician will be available to touch up your make up, too.

Appointments are strongly suggested (and they are filling fast), though walk-ins will be accommodated when possible. Call 702-938-4247 to reserve your spot today. We do hope you join us to kick off October’s First Friday with style, sass and a sip of bubbles!

*Hey! I’m a guy and don’t need a blowout! That’s okay; please join us for a beer, and invite a friend to enjoy our services.

NOTE: Due to the popularity of First Friday, please bring quarters for metered parking along 4th Street, or use the dirt lot across from us. Can’t wait to see you!

Living in a city with essentially two seasons, and where the leaves usually don’t turn and fall until Halloween (or later), forces Las Vegas residents to look to other signposts of nature’s cycles. One of our favorites is the annual Greek Festival, held late in every September at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in the valley’s southwest. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event (a major milestone in such a young city) that brings the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Greece to Las Vegas.

Don’t mistake this for a packaged festival; the food for sale here is mostly made by the caring hands of the members of the church. It’s like going to a Greek great-grandma’s house for Sunday dinner. Plus, you’ll enjoy live traditional music and dancing, a marketplace of arts and crafts, and a nice selection of Greek wine and beer. Oh, and ouzo, too. Plenty of ouzo to fuel your opa! It truly is a Las Vegas festival treasure.

In recent years, as the valley has grown and word of the festival has spread, it’s become popular enough that remote parking and shuttles are now available. Still, as busy as it gets, the Greek Festival remains authentic, manageable, and family friendly. This year’s event runs Friday-Sunday, Sept 21-23. And from our experience, you need to get there by early afternoon on Sunday to get your hands on some of the most amazing homemade Greek pastries you will ever taste. Bring cash and come hungry. See you there!

Sam on Style

September 18th, 2012

As we hinted at the launch of our new website, we will be giving some of our talented Globe Salon staff members the opportunity to participate in this blog — something we hope is to both your benefit and enjoyment, and theirs.

Anyone who knows Samantha O’Brien will find it no surprise that she is the first to take the leap into blogging for us. After all, she is the one who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro last year (!!), and then stood on a stage in front of hundreds at The Tell and told us all about it. Here’s her first blog:

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Welcome, everyone! I am excited to have an opportunity to communicate with friends, clients and, hopefully, future guests in this way. The Globe Salon Blog is your place to stay current with events we do, as well as discuss trends, tips, things we can’t live without, and maybe even a secret or two.

Ever since the dawn of the modern salon, hair stylists — in addition to being your personal groomer, your confidant, and your occasional therapist — have been looked at to inspire and define current fashion, and also to help guide personal style. Although hair is a vital component of personal style (especially to us!), it goes beyond that. It’s each person’s unique fashion sense, an expression of self that includes their manner of dress, how they accessorize, and, yes, how they wear their hair.

As I was thinking about my first blog entry, I noticed of how each of our hairstylists at Globe Salon have such different personal styles. I found it interesting to look closely at what drives each of us and our style.

Staci L, our Salon Director, has often said she has no “set” personal style, and that she has always has loved her profession because it allowed her to be a different person every day. Still, I find that there is a consistency in all of Staci’s various looks. Long ago, I nicknamed her “Farrah,” striking me as the picture of the all American woman, always flirty and light-hearted. Her consistent element of style is quintessential femininity.

One of my favorite descriptions of Amanda B is, “She’s the kind of girl Jack White would have dated.” She takes a love of vintage items and pairs it with an amazing ability to uncover new online shopping finds, creating a look that is strong and defined yet effortless. She is our woman of delicate mystery.

Shortly after Amanda W joined our team, we learned that one of the reasons she majored in accounting in college was so she that could wear fabulous suits to work every day. At that surprising moment, I knew exactly who she is: this classic beauty possesses a strong willingness to try new things, the perfect combination to experiment with fashion trends. She is the chameleon.

As for me, I am both a product of my environment and a reflection of what externally makes me happy. My style reflects the places and things that make me happiest at each point of my life. Growing up in NYC during the grunge era, it was a rare day that I was not in a band t-shirt and Salvation Army Levi’s. Years after leaving NYC, I developed a love for traveling around the high deserts of the West Coast. Today, my look has evolved with these experiences, and I am very comfortable in a pair of distressed boots, great for kicking up dust and dancing around in a mountain town honkey tonk. They say home is where the heart is, and I guess I can include my wardrobe in that!    -Samantha O’Brien

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Now that Sam has explored the personal style of our hairdressing team, we’d love to hear what drives your sense of fashion, and who your style icons are. Reply here, or send us a Tweet at @globesalon. And, thanks for reading!

Let them (eat.) music!

September 15th, 2012

If there is any question that downtown is on a return path to the wonderful days when it was the shopping, dining and socializing district of Las Vegas, look no further than this weekend. Not only has our premier music festival Neon Reverb taken over most music venues downtown and packed them chock-full of stellar bands, but Chef Nat’s new breakfast and lunch joint, Eat, soft opened on Sep 14 — and promptly sold out of food prior to closing hour. Two days in a row.

Either that indicates a distinct lack of local breakfast options downtown, or it’s a downtowner celebration of the buzz that has building around Eat since it was announced a few months back. Or both.

Whatever the reason, Eat has announced it will not reopen until Monday, Sep 17, taking off Sunday to reload. Add that Le Thai is also closing Sun–Tue this week (in order to build a better bar and to remodel the front (inside) dining room to include all bar-height tables), and many downtowners will either overrun Pop Up Pizza or the Beat, or have to venture away from the Fremont East area for grub this weekend.

No worries, hungry urbanites: Bar + Bistro in the Arts District will be open, serving their awesome brunch. And the weather looks good for outdoor dining, too.

See you at breakfast in downtown!

When It Rains…

September 11th, 2012

Wow, that was an amazing amount of rain that just poured on the Las Vegas valley! Thankfully, the downpour (at least in the central valley) has subsided and the water is draining from the streets. But the late-summer monsoon did get us thinking about the best way to get to Globe Salon when the rains are coming down.

Here’s what we suggest:

From the West: Avoid Charleston Blvd; today, rain water made it impassable except for one lane in each direction. Instead, use Alta Dr/Bonneville Ave to get into downtown, turn right (south) at 3rd Street, and left (east) at Hoover Ave.

From the East: As above, avoid Charleston Blvd. We’d use Sahara Ave west to Las Vegas Blvd and head north.

If you are coming from Summerlin or Green Valley, keep in mind that in the rain, the freeways move more slowly, and exits are often backed up due to flooded streets. In any case, you’ll want to avoid Charleston Blvd by exiting in downtown at Las Vegas Blvd and heading south toward the Las Vegas Strip. Hoover Ave will be the last street before Charleston, and as you know, we are right there!

In any event, do not drive across any intersection or street that appears to be flooded. Our desert rains come fast and furious (sometimes dumping our annual average of rainfall in under an hour!) and disappear just as quickly. In fact, the rest of this week looks sunny and (relatively) cooler.

See you soon at Globe Salon, and stay safe out there! We’ll have a nice hot cup of coffee or tea for you when you arrive.

In the blink of an eye, we’re past Labor Day, summer is almost over, and we’re getting ready for tonight’s First Friday in the Las Vegas Arts District. Although Globe Salon isn’t hosting a First Friday event this month (watch for details about October’s event soon!), with all that’s happened in our city’s revitalizing center the past few years, downtown is really getting busy. Just take a look at all the events going down in downtown tonight:

• First Friday (and all the wackiness and fun that surrounds it)

• the Pride Parade (and a drag contest on Fremont!)

•  Wicked (at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts)

• Clint Holmes (also at the Smith Center, in the Cabaret Room)

All that is a great sign of how far downtown has come, and it’s welcome activity for all (okay, most…) of us down here. But staging all this fun on one night does present some new challenges for parking and access. If you are going to the Smith Center, their on-site lots and garages should be sufficient for their patrons. But keeping in mind that the Clark County Government Center offers free First Friday parking (with a free shuttle) means that traffic along Grand Central Parkway is going to be heavy; plan accordingly, leave early, and take a healthy dose of patience. (And common sense, if you want to avoid a parking ticket—or, worse, a tow). After all, this is the downtown we’ve been dreaming about.

[Speaking of the Smith Center, let’s remind everyone that we offer an ongoing Smith Center VIP Special. Schedule a pre-performance appointment for an Event Style, a Fabulous Blowout, and/or Make-Up Application, present your same-day show ticket at check-out, and save 30%.]

Party arty, Las Vegas, and have a fantastic time tonight!