New salon aims to keep customers relaxed, in style

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

When Gina Larzalere decided to open a hair salon in Marshdale, she was looking for a name that would encompass how people feel in the shop.

She settled on “relax.”

The Relax Salon and Color Studio opened in early October at 6941 Highway 73 in the space vacated by Stefano’s Bakery and Deli. It’s decorated in what Larzalere calls a modern Southwestern style. She very concerned with how people feel when they are in the salon, so she plays a relaxing, eclectic mix of music and burns scented candles.

She says she’s not in a rush with clients, wanting to individualize their experience at her salon.

“I like to find out what’s really going on,” Larzalere said. “I want to know what their overall outcome is. I don’t want them to be happy only when I style it and they’re walking out the door. I want them to be happy with their hair until they return.”

Larzalere, who owned salons in her home state of Massachusetts, moved to Conifer in July. She says she was driving through Marshdale and saw a for-rent sign in the window.

“I took a chance,” she said. “It was a huge chance. I didn’t know a soul up here. But it’s been an incredible experience. The people of Evergreen and Conifer have been so welcoming. We couldn’t have picked a better place.”

Larzalere says her passion is hair color, in addition to giving haircuts for men, women and children. She also offers facial waxing and eyebrow shaping. In the future, she hopes to have a manicurist in the salon.

She also hopes to hire another stylist to keep up with her new booming business. The third stylist’s chair in the salon is being reserved for her husband, Chaz, who will start hairstyling school in January.

“It will be fun working side by side cutting hair,” she said.

The pace in Marshdale is much different from the fast-paced life of Boston, and she says the people here are kind and compassionate, a refreshing change from the big city.

“It’s been fabulous,” she said. “Just being in an area that is so welcoming and appreciative and excited that we’re here couldn’t be a better welcoming for me.”

For more information, call the salon at 303-670-1907.

Drive right up to Cabin Creek

If you’re looking for a place to stop for a quick breakfast burrito or a sandwich for lunch, you now can try Cabin Creek Smokehouse, which has a drive-up wagon in Evergreen.

The Conifer-based restaurant is open for business from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the southwest corner of Evergreen Parkway and Bryant Drive. It’s in the parking lot next to Gallerie Quilts.

Owner John Patrick says he’s wanted to have a restaurant at this location for years, and he’s trying his wagon here to test the waters. He and his wife, Christi, have been operating a restaurant in Conifer for a long time, and they hope eventually to open a permanent restaurant in Evergreen.

Patrick says his drive-up restaurant will take credit cards. The food will be available fast, and it will be good, he promises.

The cart has been open for a few weeks now, and business has been brisk, Patrick said.

Watsu in a yurt

Few people in Evergreen have a yurt and a swimming pool in their backyard, but those items are essential for Evergreen’s Watsu practitioner.

Susan Lange is the practitioner, and Watsu is a form of shiatsu done in water. Shiatsu is a Japanese acupressure massage. Watsu helps with relaxation, pain reduction, arthritis and muscle diseases, Lange said.

Lange, who recently retired as an art teacher at Conifer High School, experienced Watsu in 2003 and fell in love. It began her journey to become certified to practice this therapy. She calls her business Sweetwater Watsu.

“I decided I had to learn how to do this,” Lange said. “Part of me said, ‘You’re totally crazy. This is totally outside the box.’ The other part of me said, ‘This is something I have to do.’ ”

Lange moves people through soothing and relaxing 96-degree water to stretch and twist their bodies to help them open up.

“Some people say they feel like they’re floating on air,” Lange said.

Becoming a Watsu practitioner takes 500 hours of training in traditional shiatsu, anatomy, physiology and various forms of Watsu. She became certified in July 2009.

She says Watsu is one on one, and each routine is different, depending upon the client’s needs.

“The whole thing is fun for me,” Lange said. “I love giving Watsu as much as people love receiving it.”

Cost is $60 for 60 minutes in the water or $90 for a 90-minute session. For more information, contact Lange at 303-638-9843.

Have tips about businesses in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.