Hair salon in Locust Point finds a way to double dip

Dreaming entrepreneurial dreams, a hairdresser I know wondered aloud about the kind of business that could work well in tandem with a hair salon farmington hills mi. "A coffee bar," she said. "Yeah, a coffee bar would work. Or how about a sushi bar? Or a book store maybe. How about an ice cream parlor?"

You can find such a place in Locust Point. (But you can't find it on Mondays. It's closed Mondays. Scott Erickson, the Orioles hunk, went there for a haircut on a Monday, and the women of the shop have been sick about missing him ever since.)


About nine years ago, Earl moved his hair-styling salon out of the space he'd been renting for more than a decade and took it across Fort Avenue. He bought old Doc Sollod's corner pharmacy/soda fountain; the place had an apartment in the rear.


At first considered turning the soda fountain into his new salon. But his second and third thoughts were better:


Why not keep the soda fountain and put the salon in the rear?


Why not divide my working life into two careers - hairstyling and soda jerking?


So that explains why, when you call Earl's Malt Shop, you can ask what the flavor-of-the-month is, then make an appointment for a perm. And it explains why there are two ways to get to the "best little hair house in Baltimore." You can step directly into Earl's salon off the side street, Webster Street. Or you can step off Fort Avenue into the malt shop, cluttered with collectibles and old signage, then walk past the long wooden counter with the apothecary drawers, down a narrow hallway and back to the salon.


What we have here is an ingenious marriage of amenities - a place to get an ice cream or snowball connected to a place where you can get your hair done. And a lot of Gallion's customers double dip, treating themselves to a scoop of Hershey's after getting a 'do.


"Oh yeah," says Earl, "when I moved the shop across the street a lot of them wanted to know if I was going to keep the soda fountain open."


I'll tell you one thing: It's a great way to induce a reluctant 8-year-old boy into getting a back-to-school haircut. Sit for a cut, you tell him, and in the next instant you can have a dish of ice cream! Trust me, it works.


Afternoons, he leaves the salon customers in the hands of his stylists - Santina, Beverly, Richard, Katie and Tiffany - and works in the malt shop. He's very proud of the City Paper's selection of his root beer float as the best in Baltimore.



In "Shock Value," an early book about his film career, John Waters writes of grouchy Baltimore women breaking out of their bad moods by getting their hair done, then treating themselves to big, greasy submarine sandwiches.


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