NS: Urban 30 in Halifax introduces blow dry bar concept to Atlantic Canada

Deserie Murphy, Special to Metro Halifax
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The Barrington Street business is aiming to get you all dolled up in about 30 minutes for about $30 depending on what you want. It doesn’t offer cuts or dyes just a wash, blow dry and style.

Alicia Melanson, owner of Urban 30, poses for a photo at her new Barrington Street blow-dry bar location.

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A new, retro beauty parlour offering an easy, quick way for people to get ready for a night out on the town has opened on Barrington Street.

“If you’re going out, it’s all about coming here and getting beautified,” said Urban 30’s general manager Audrey Parker.

Urban 30, which officially opened on Monday, is the first blow dry bar in Atlantic Canada, aiming to get you all dolled up in about 30 minutes for about $30 depending on what you want. It doesn’t offer cuts or dyes just a wash, blow dry and style. For customers wanting to further pamper themselves they can have their makeup done, eyelashes lengthened or nails manicured.

The first successful blow dry bars were started in Vancouver and New York City about six or seven years ago and are still running today.

Urban 30’s owner Alicia Melanson has been a stylist for nine years and has owned her salon Alicia Melanson Hair and Makeup on the upper floor of the building for four years. She experienced a blow dry bar first hand in Montreal at La Style Bar last year.

“I got the clients perspective and got the opportunity to talk to the owner for a few hours and get insight from her,” said Melanson. “There is a good market for it and it’s gaining in popularity.”

They’ve started the process of application for a liquor license but it may be a few months before the red tape is removed. However, they do sell other beverages such as coffee and hot chocolate, and are also looking to introduce small food items.

“I think the business crowd will fill our day times mostly and our Friday, Saturday and Thursdays we’ll be aiming for the nightlife crowd,” Melanson said.

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Barrington Street, Vancouver New York City Montreal

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