HAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Hybrid salon, café, and bar cuts into King William
When it comes to self-care, some folks treat themselves to a day at the salon, some take a moment to relax at a café, and still others let loose with a stiff drink. In a eureka moment, a new Southtown concept offers all three experiences under the same roof.
Headspace is now easing into business at 109 Playmoor St. The playful outfit offers an array of cut and color services paired with a full espresso bar and light bites. Cocktails will eventually be available after the shop emerges from its soft opening phase.
The hybrid concept is the work of Anya Krotova, a 20-year beauty industry veteran specializing in low toxicity, gender- and hair texture-neutral styling. She is joined by prolific entrepreneur Mike Torres, the founder of several catering and restaurant concepts and an outdoor lifestyle brand, Bird & Sun.
Via email, Krotova shares with CultureMap that Headspace's business model isn't as left-field as one might think.
"It's not uncommon in other parts of the world and the country," says Krotova. "We aim to provide a complete experience for all our customers. Some of our salon clients need to spend hours in the chair, and their friends or significant others may want to hang out with them."
Though Headspace will eventually expand its offerings, it now pours a full array of espresso drinks. In addition to serving pastries, the café also dishes up pulled pork sliders, brisket hash, a smoked chicken salad, and a weekly biscuits and gravy special. Early risers can also grab an array of breakfast tacos.
The concept will also make room for neighborhood happenings. In conjunction with First Friday, Headspace welcomed chef John Mesa and artist Jorge Villareal on May 5. Krotova says patrons can expect many more activations to come.
"Our goal is to be more than just a cafe, bar, or salon; we aspire to create a community hub and a vibrant scene," she says.
Currently, Headspace is open by appointment for salon services. The café hours are 7 am-2 pm on weekdays and from 8 am-2 pm on Saturdays.