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Double-Threat Retailers

Shops that cater to more than one need are making a splash in the East Bay.



There seems to be a new retail trend circumventing the East Bay: two-in-one shops that offer more than just clothing and accessories. Tootsies and The Lounge Nail Spa and Boutique paved the way with nail services plus couture, and the dualistic idea is catching on. Pink Stripes opened in Blackhawk Plaza last year combining girly clothing with sweet treats, and two hair salons have joined the mix—and for good reason. With the average person’s lifestyle becoming filled to the brim, one-stop shops make a lot of sense, even more so when the two services complement one another. Here are two new spots to not only relax and get pampered but to pick out a cute dress to match the new hairdo.

Future, Rockridge

Part hair salon, part clothing and accessories boutique, this edgy shop has multiple personalities. The artistic space is “industrial meets Vivienne Westwood,” perfect for reinventing your wardrobe as well as your hair.

“I give my clients all the tools they need to create their look at home, from the foundation of hair care to the brushes and finishing products, while inspiring their fashion identity with a variety of accessories and fashion,” says owner Katherine Sawyer.

She also created a space to escape the hustle and bustle, turning the garden out back into a rest spot where beautiful wisteria grows in spring and clients can sip complimentary wine or tea.

An art installation of steel mannequin legs with red painted stockings lures visitors in from the street, and the small inventory of unique eco-friendly clothing and jewelry keeps patrons busy as their hair color sets. Products range from free trade silver jewelry by Amy Torello to clothing made of repurposed fabric by Maureen Doherty. Reversible hats by Oakland designer Tiger Lady catch the eye as does the Ecoist hand bag, made from post consumer Frito Lay bags. Sustainable hair and body products also abound, such as Sawyer’s favorite brand, Davines from Italy.

Future Vanity / Novelty, 5405 College Avenue, Oakland (510) 653-0754, futurevanitynovelty.com

Zahra Boutique Salon, Lafayette

What better idea for a hair dresser mother and her fashion and homestyle expert daughter than to mesh the two into one stylish space? Zahra Boutique Salon opened a month and a half ago and provides haircuts, coloring, texturing, and facial services, as well as women’s and children’s clothing, fashion accessories, and home décor, all selected by Zahra Tafti’s daughter, Shila Unal.

The boutique feels like a crisp, clean French cottage, in which a lovely chandelier hangs from the ceiling, and all the merchandise fits right into the home.

The clothing is equally fancy and comfortable, with urban designs by BB Dakota from London,well-tailored pieces by Vintage Havana from New York and Kersh made in Los Angeles, as well as kids clothes by Millions of Colors and Mali Kids. The mother and daughter duo’s Persian background can also be found in services like threading, which is the traditional method to shape eyebrows in Persia. They also serve Persian coffee, tea, and wine while visitors peruse the boutique or get their hair done. The salon is currently offering free eyebrow threading (usually $15) with any hair service and 10 percent off the first visit when people mention Diablo magazine.

Zahra Boutique Salon, 3578 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette (925) 284-3031, zahraboutiquesalon.com