Retail

Retail: Blow dry bar coming to Raleigh’s North Hills

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comMarch 13, 2014 

A trip to The Big Apple inspired Julie Burris to dream about big hair.

While visiting New York City in 2012, Burris had her hair styled at a blow dry bar and fell in love with the concept of the business.

“It was my first experience at one,” Burris said. “I was texting pictures to Jenny (Beaudin) and said, ‘Why doesn’t Raleigh have one?’ 

So Burris and her sister-in-law Jenny Beaudin are quitting their teaching jobs to open Blown Away, a blow dry bar at Raleigh’s North Hills that aims to pamper customers with quick service, complimentary drinks and hairstyles they don’t have to do themselves.

“You can never get your hair to do like your stylist does it,” Beaudin said. “People can come and get a blow out for a date on a Friday night.”

Blown Away will offer men, women and children a shampoo, scalp massage and blow dry, along with added options such as deep conditioning or massages.

The place won’t offer cuts or color, but customers can choose from a menu of straight, curly or up-do styles that have bar-themed names such as Shirley Temple, On the Rocks and Straight Up. Clients can also bring in photos of the style they want.

Blow-out services will last about 30 to 40 minutes, and all styles – long or short – will cost $35. Beaudin and Burris are, however, still working on prices for additional services.

Blown Away will take walk-ins, but appointments are recommended on Fridays and Saturdays, and will serve free drinks such as beer, wine, champagne and coffee.

Blown Away will open June 1 at 201 Park at North Hills St., near Chuy’s.


Mainstream Boutique, a women’s clothing franchise, is opening March 28 in Holly Springs.

The store will feature what owner Suzanne Prince calls “trendy, fashionable and affordable” clothes and accessories that include everything from jeans and jewelry to novelty tops and shoes.

The boutique’s inventory will change frequently, and the store will not cater to specific brands. Also, other Mainstream stores will be similar but customers will find different things at each location.

“We have thousands of vendors,” Prince said. “The business model is to have new and fresh things all of the time. … You might see a line one time and the next time it will be totally different.”

Mainstream will carry items for women of all ages, and sizes will range from small to extra large, and most pieces will be under $100.

North Carolina’s second Mainstream Boutique will be at 212 Village Walk Drive, near Harris Teeter in the Southpark Village Shopping Center.


Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a chain that got its start in Boulder, Colo., in 1976, has opened a restaurant in Chapel Hill.

The place, which is known for its pizza and large beer selection, offers a range of dishes such as strombolis, calzones, pasta, salads and sandwiches.

Dough will be made daily in the restaurant, and customers can choose from two types of crust – thick, Chicago-style or Tavern thin.

Old Chicago will have a full bar with 36 beers on tap – 12 of which will rotate – and include North Carolina options from breweries such as Lonerider, Foothills, Highland, Aviator and Big Boss.

Prices will average about $12.50 per person, said Chris Beckler, Old Chicago’s vice president of operations.

To celebrate the new restaurant and its founding year, Old Chicago is giving free pizza for a year to the first 76 people in line at its March 20 grand opening. The event, which will benefit Farmer Foodshare, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that works to pair farmers with people who need food, will also feature a free throw competition with members of the UNC intramural basketball team, along with craft beer and pizza pairings.

Old Chicago, the first location in North Carolina, is at 140 W. Franklin St.


Carrboro Coffee Roasters, an artisan roaster that sells its beans at local places such as NOFO, Tar Heel Creamery and West End Wine Bar, has opened a pop-up coffee bar. The store, which sells brewed drinks such as coffee and espresso, is at downtown Durham’s Golden Belt. … Window Genie, a franchise that offers services such as window cleaning, pressure washing and gutter cleaning, is opening March 17 and will service Durham and Chapel Hill.

Giglio: 919-829-4649 or jmgiglio@newsobserver.com; Twitter: @shoptalk_nando

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