Shopping & Services picks

SN&R writers share their picks for the area's hippest summer wares, tasty teas and vintage tunes

You’ll fawn over the flora at heart boutique in midtown, sacramento.

You’ll fawn over the flora at heart boutique in midtown, sacramento.

photo by Serene Lusano

Blow and go


Drybar’s aesthetic is genius—It’s a hair salon that doesn’t do cut and color, just a wash, blow-dry and style ($45). You can choose from many different services and unlike other salons, there’s no extra charge for long hair. No need to go home after exercising or swimming and tanning all day, stop by Drybar before a night out and they’ll have you evening ready in no time. But that’s not where it ends—Drybar clients say the blow out can last up to three days with proper care. 480 Howe Ave.; M.P.E.

Summer stock-up

Boarhaus Boutique

The weather’s warming up and you’ve found yourself in need of a few new summer accoutrements. Head over to Boarhaus Boutique for inspiration. This Midtown shop stocks a cozy collection of home goods, clothing, textiles, jewelry, paper goods and more. The vintage supply shop vibe emphasizes modern classics—think reclaimed wood and shabby hipster chic. Be sure to check out their stock of Skeem Design citronella candles. Recently featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine, they’re an elegant must-have mosquito repellent for your next outdoor summer party. 1115 21st St., Suite B; R.L.

Dare some new hair

Tiffany Concklin, stylist

With more than 20 years of experience, Tiffany Concklin is a New York- and Los Angeles-quality stylist who just happens to be located much closer in Loehmann’s Plaza. When it comes to cutting and coloring hair, Concklin considers herself an artist, visualizing her clients’ requests and turning them into beautiful reality. Without being pushy, Concklin may even think up a new look and encourage you to think outside your style box. Have an idea for a summer cut or color but nervous to try it? Trust Concklin to craft something you’ll feel confident rocking all season long. By appointment only. (916) 397-6922; M.P.E.

To a tea

Classy Hippie Tea Co.

Classy Hippie Tea Co.’s colorful and fragrant inventory is inspired by founder Leo Hickman’s worldly travels. As a professional tea sommelier, he chooses the best in gourmet, loose-leaf and organic teas that are sourced throughout the world to serve his customers. Hickman stocks varieties such as a peach passion black tea blend (a perfect summer sipper), the elegantly spicy pai mu tan white tea (also known as white peony) and the musky-scented pu-erh, a tea that dates back to 17th century China. Inspired by his travels, Hickman’s shop regularly hosts creative tea pairings that highlight chocolate, cheese and other goodies paired with a nice, hot cup of tea. This quaint tea house is a wonderful addition to the Oak Park neighborhood and it also hosts a variety of regular events including Clubhouse Yoga, the Set if Off Sundays’ monthly book club and a weekly Saturday sketch night, billed as a safe space for the LGBTQ community to collaborate through artistic expression. 3226 Broadway; S.R.

Relief that’s skin deep

Barbara Gardner, massage therapist

A massage with Barbara Gardner isn’t just about spending an hour feeling great, it’s about reaping the benefits long into the next week, or month. Gardner works across a spectrum of needs: her clients include sports enthusiasts with aches and pains and cancer patients in need of comfort and care. She knows how to individualize a massage to a body’s specific needs in order to promote long-term health and care. Not only will Gardner relieve you of stress and tension through a fabulous massage, she’ll also renew your spirit with a warm and positive energy. By appointment only. (760) 688-2839 M.P.E.

Dress for summer success

Heart Clothing Boutique

If you’re in need of a perfect outfit for Sacramento’s warm summer days and nights of every occasion, then be sure to browse the options at Heart Clothing Boutique. This petite boutique stocks the latest trends in cute rompers, dresses, shorts, tees and trendy jewelry, all at moderate prices. Brands offered include Keds, Bb Dakota, Tulle, Melody Ehsani Jewelry and the San Diego Hat Company. Sometimes Heart offers similar fabrics in different cuts, such as a romper, dress or maxi dress, so if you fall in love with a pattern, you may have many choices for a style you like best. If you’re in search of inspiration be sure to check out Heart’s Instagram for their latest looks: @heartboutique. 1903 Capitol Avenue; M.P.E.