With the start of a new year, it is always as good a time to upgrade that old look to match how far you’ve come in the past 12 months. Of course, how big a change is entirely up to you. Whether seeking a complete style overhaul with a dye job and closet full of new clothes and accessories, or simply looking for a small change with an eyebrow wax or haircut, Atlanta area residents have an abundance of choices when it comes to achieving that new look.
The Glam Bar
Hours: Tues, Sun 12 p.m – 6 p.m.; Wed 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thurs – Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Prices: Varies with service from $5-$100
Open since 2009, The Glam Bar offers full nail, hair and make-up services in a glam setting. The salon offers the newest in beauty treatments amid a girly décor of plush seats. Portraits of beauty icons like Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge adorn the walls for inspiration and scenery that helps customers forget the everyday world while getting pampered.
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Emerlyn and Esther
Hours: Mon – Sat 11a.m. – 7p.m.; Sun – by Appointment only
The brain child of Ne-Yo’s significant other, Monyetta Shaw, Emerlyn and Esther is named after her two very different and equally stylish grandmothers. After opening its doors in 2010, the buzz surrounded the boutique quickly. Emerlyn and Ester has performed styling services for the cast members of television hits like “Reed Between the Lines” and “Let’s Stay Together,” and showrooms are clamoring to get their products on their floor. A nice perk worth the price: customers will not see themselves coming and going around Atlanta, as Emerlyn and Esther caters to the woman looking for one-of-a-kind avant-garde looks.
Hours: Mon – Sat 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun 12p.m. – 7 p.m.
Prices: $50 and up
A new pair of shoes can make(over) any woman’s day, and Shoe Lounge in the Castleberry district sells just the shoes to turn any evening around. Opened in December 2011, this boutique owned by Janeen Soler boasts brands from Steven Madden, Jessica Simpson, Jeffrey Campbelll and Imitation by Jerrell. For a really customized look, Michael McCullough from the Kick Factory will even hand paint a pair of shoes for his customers. Shoppers can also find handbags, jewelry and eyewear at affordable prices.
Hours: Mon – Thurs 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri – Sat 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Lydia Mondavi, a fifth generation Atlanta resident, uses grape seed from her family’s wine vineyards to produce one of the beauty industry’s most concentrated anti-oxidants. The grape seed extract is used in every service that Spa 29 provides. From manicures to couples massages, this luxurious day spa provides a reviving retreat. 29 Spa was a proud recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s 50 Hot Spas in 2009, so Atlanta area residents are lucky to have such a coveted spa located just minutes away.
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Hours: Mon – Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Prices: Ranges from $9 shoe shine to $100 full body massage
Roosters is the perfect spot for overworked guys who appreciate some fine grooming. This male-only shop grooms men from head to toe. Patrons of Roosters will find haircuts and styles, hot shaves, unibrow removal, shoe shines and grey hair removal for affordable prices. Roosters even offers a long list of male-friendly services for free, including cold beverage service, dry cleaning drop off, garment steaming and, of course, golf advice and sports odds.
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Alicia Edwards received her BS and MBA from Florida A & M University and her Associates Degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design in New York. She is a freelance writer in Atlanta covering fashion events, trends and interviewing style makers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.