I’ve landed in a small town about an hour south of Raleigh in North Carolina, it’s a town you’ve likely heard of if you are into golf. This small town I’m speaking of is Pinehurst, home to the 2014 U.S. Men’s and Women’s Open. A town you may not have heard of is Southern Pines and it’s literally a stones throw away. It is adorned with a quaint “downtown,” I laugh as I write downtown, because it does not even come close to having a big-city feel. The downtown consists of a few-block radius of streets, the main one called Broad with cute boutiques, a few restaurants, coffeehouses, salons, an art-house movie theater and a few other businesses in between. While you are in town don’t forget a stop by Southern Pines, and while you’ll there I know just the place to get you U.S. Open polished and pretty, and that’s at Karma Beauty Bar.
Opened just a few months, owner, Angela Lowe, built Karma Beauty Bar as a place for the ladies (men are welcomed too) to come to gather even if you’re not getting a service. When you walk through the doors of Karma it just feels good, there’s a wonderful vibe and it is definitely a sanctuary where you’ll want to come and stay a while. The manicure station is set up like a bar and all the services have a scented theme with accompanying beverage of choice.
Angela is on hand with her stellar staff offering what I can attest to, the best nail services in town. The nail treatment options are seasonal and scented with essential oils. Right now guests are flipping out for the Peach Flip served with a peach flip cocktail or peach bellini. Other popular options are the Lavender Lemonade and the Rosemary Pear paired with matching drinks.
Karma Beauty Bar is a one-stop shop for most of your beauty needs and also offers waxing services, makeup application and skin care services. Lowe uses the Dermologic skincare line because she says, “It’s highly effective, it’s cost effective and it works.” Lowe also practices the utmost in cleanliness and sanitation. She forgoes the jetted tubs for pedicures, which can breed germs and bacteria, and uses steam towels instead. Each guest leaves with their very own files and buffers used only on them. In a hurry, but still in need of a pedi? She partners with Rhett’s next door to offer lunch and a pedicure for just $35. You’re in, out and fed in 45 minutes. More on Rhett’s later, but just know it’s fabulous!
Lowe’s philosophy about Karma is all about karma for oneself, taking care of and giving back to yourself. She explains, “ You have to give back to yourself, take care of your mind, body and spirit and it will give back to you.” I’ll take it and a standing appointment please. Don’t forget to make yours too so you are polished and pretty in time for the U.S. Open.