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Happy 4th of July!

IMG_0630We will be closed this Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy the holiday weekend!


DAVINES Essentials Relaunch


Davines named it the Essentials haircare line for a reason: we’ve all come to love and depend on the line of shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. This winter, THORPS is proud to announce we will be carrying the newly repackaged and reformulated Essentials line, developed with greater compassion for both haircare and the environment.

“Essential Haircare is the daily haircare product line that best epitomizes the Davines brand and embodies the company’s values more than any others.”

We know many of our clients share our passion for products that are as pure and gentle to both the body and environment as possible. All new Essentials products are sulfate-free, paraben-free, and gluten-free. The packaging is certified Zero-Impact Carbon Neutral and food-grade, so it may be easily reused or recycled. And most importantly, the new Essentials line comes partnered with Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity‘s Presidia Project. All new Essentials products contain ingredients sourced from local Italian farms, a revolutionary approach to sustainable haircare.

“The reborn line is a combination of the scientific commitment of Davines’ laboratories and protection of the Mediterranean’s artisan and cultural heritage, with selected active ingredients grown in Italy that contribute to keeping alive vegetable species at risk of extinction so to protect the biological diversity.

Like Davines itself, the Slow Food movement began in Italy, and seeks to protect the environment, defend food biodiversity, promote sustainable agriculture, and value the traditional knowledge of small-scale food producers.

“Each of the nine product families contains one specific active ingredient from a Slow Food Presidium that features the story, the face, and the name of the person who grew it with care and passion.


The relaunch will also include a new member of the Essentials family, MINU. With Salina caper extract, MINU is ideal for color-treated hair. The MINU line includes shampoo, conditioner, mask, and serum. If you had previously used NOUNOU, we suggest you give MINU a try! The new NOUNOU, enriched with Torre Guaceto Fiaschetto Tomato, is ideal for very dry, brittle hair.

dedeLovers of DEDE shampoo and conditioning spray for fine, stressed hair will be excited for the arrival of DEDE conditioner. Ideal for all hair types and formulated for frequent use, DEDE contains Orbassano Red Celery.




The LOVE Curl Enhancing and LOVE Smoothing families are each gaining a member as well: LOVE Curl Cream to define & moisturize curls, and LOVE Hair Smoother to aid in heat styling of frizzy, unruly hair.


Whether you are passionate about sustainability, Slow Food, cutting-edge haircare, or all three, we know you will enjoy joining us in exploring the new Davines Essentials line.

The new Essentials line will arrive in limited quantities during the last week of January. Products from both old & new lines will be available during a gradual transition period, and we will not be able to guarantee availability of certain items during this time. If you have any questions about the Essentials line, please feel free to contact us at 608/467-2222 or!


All Veterans enjoy 25% off all retail today 11/11/14. Thanks to all those who have served and protected us!

Holiday Hair Workshop: November 15th, 2014


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Give yourself a gift this season and RSVP to our holiday hair workshop! Enjoy wine & snacks as we teach you how to style your hair at home so you have the best ‘do at every party this winter. $30; RSVP by November 1st: 608/467-2222.

Humans of THORPS: Molly!

This post is part of a series called Humans of THORPS, where we’ll be sharing cuts & color, style inspiration, product guides, and random fun tidbits from one stylist per week. Posts will go up on our Instagram and Facebook all week, then be collected on our website along with an interview. We hope you enjoy getting to know the THORPS team!

Our featured stylist for August 25th — August 30th was the sweetest, goofiest punk rock gal we know, Miss Molly.


Molly joined THORPS in fall 2013. She’s our resident expert on Pravana hair colors and excels at men’s hair, asymmetrical cuts, curly hair, and formal styling!


A whole head of crazy colors is nice…but some peekaboo lowlights are so subtly cool. They instantly add a punch to any ponytail, bun, or braid!


Icy blonde and purple are a match made in heaven. Molly really knocked it out of the park with this one!


What’s your damage: vivid purple or beautifully dusty blue? Molly will help you make your candy-colored dreams a reality!

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A truly versatile stylist, Molly also rocks it at classic cuts. This one is totally Ron Swanson-worthy!

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Mindy has to keep her cut conservative for work, but Molly helped liven things up with some subtle asymmetry. Never settle for boring–the subtlest tweaks can make you feel special!


If you find yourself in Molly’s chair, you can count on good conversation…especially if you’re a fan of sci-fi movies, fantasy novels, or 90s goth rock!


A luxuriously curly bridal updo by Molly. Pro tip: your hair will hold curl better if it’s (gasp!) a little dirty. If your locks are too squeaky clean, try using some dry shampoo like Davines Hair Refresher to add some hold-boosting texture.


So you want rainbow hair–fantastic! But its upkeep is a little different from standard hair color. Follow Molly’s tips below to keep your color vibrant (and your pillowcases unstained!):

  • Wash your hair less. 1 – 2x/wk is ideal! Use Alder NY Hair Powder to refresh hair between washes.
  • For reds and blues/purples, use a color-specific shampoo & conditioner from the Davines Alchemic line to maintain color at home between salon visits.
  • Usually hair must be bleached before applying punky colors, so use an oil like Davines OI Oil to add moisture & shine and help protect your hair from the elements. It will act as a sealant to keep out hair-dulling air pollutants.
  • Use a UV protectant spray like Davines SU Milk to prevent your color from fading in the sun.
  • It’s normal for color to run when wet. Use dark-colored towels & pillowcases to prevent staining–and an umbrella if you’re wearing light colors in the rain!
  • And remember…the longer you stick with a color, the less you’ll have to touch it up. When you start out with a punky color, expect needing a touch-up every 4 – 6 weeks. As the color builds up in your hair, it’ll stick around longer!

Thanks for following along this week with Molly! If you’d like to book with her, you can call the shop at 608/467.2222 or book online.

Humans of THORPS: Kenna!

This post is part of a series called Humans of Thorps, where we’ll be sharing cuts & color, style inspiration, product guides, and random fun tidbits from one stylist per week. Posts will go up on our Instagram and Facebook all week, then be collected on our website along with an interview. We hope you enjoy getting to know the Thorps team!

Our featured stylist for August 11th — August 15th was the Queen of Short Haircuts, the extraordinary Kenna!


Kenna has been with THORPS since winter 2011. Proud mama to two smart & adventurous kiddos (and one suuuuper cute pup!), Kenna is a second-generation hair stylist who grew up in a salon. She specializes in short women’s hair and brow waxing, and also loves bold hair colors and men’s cuts.


When it comes to color, Kenna’s policy is the bolder, the better! One of the many perks of short hair is being able to play around with and switch up color more easily than you can with long locks.


Emily said this was the best haircut she’d ever gotten and couldn’t stop beaming afterward. Kenna is always amazing us with her finesse!


The best thing a stylist can hear from a client is “Thank you for changing my life!”…and that’s just what Kenna heard from Lisa after this big change cut!


Lil baby Kenna in 1987 in her mom’s salon–the cutest roller set client you ever did see!


In addition to a killer taste in hair style, Kenna also has a pretty sweet taste in tunes. Some of her all-time favorites: (1) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hil; (2) Greatest Hits by Notorious B.I.G.; (3) Tidal by Fiona Apple; and (4) Aenima by Tool.


A crazy cool pixie cut by Kenna. Don’t you just love that asymmetrical neckline? She knows that with short cuts, it’s all about the details!


Kenna’s hair/style/life icon: Tilda Swinton. Sometimes women are hesitant to rock short hair because they think they’ll look less feminine, or their significant others won’t like it. Kenna & Tilda Swinton have a message for you: it’s your head, your hair, and you can do whatever makes YOU feel like a million bucks.


THORPS: What’s the worst haircut/color you’ve ever had?
Kenna: I can’t even tell you how many bad haircuts or color I tried in cosmetology school. I hate that there’s photographic evidence. Beyond that though, in kindergarten I had long hair(middle of my back)that was permed. I had huge bangs that went back far. So I pretty much rocked a perm mullet at age 6.

THORPS: Name a style you’ve always wanted to try but probably never will:
Kenna: Kim Kardashian hair. I don’t have the patience or skills to have that hair. It would be in a messy bun every day. But the thought of getting regulars blowouts and having Tara here at THORPS braid it all the time is kind of appealing. Just for a week I think I’d like it.

THORPS: What drew you to specializing in short women’s hair?
Kenna: I really kind of obsess over short hair, and started to watch my women’s short hair clientele grow in the first year here at THORPS. People would say to me that they had gotten so many bad short hair cuts but I did it right. I, personally, have had a lot of bad haircuts as well so I pay attention to the little things (keeping things feminine, cowlicks, etc). There’s a different kind of confidence in a woman who wears her hair short, I want to help bring that out.

THORPS: Dish on your short hair care/styling/maintenance tips, please!
Kenna: Please stop shampooing your hair so much! The dirtier the better when it comes to short hair, I believe. You’re washing away all of the natural oils that your hair needs, and let’s face it…your hair looks a hell of a lot better better on day 2 or 3…right? If you’re going to invest money into coloring your hair you need to invest money into a good shampoo. If you wear your hair short you pretty much always need to use some kind of styling product. For low maintenance people I really love the Malin+Goetz Sage  Styling cream (lighter hold, softer finish–great for curls!) If you really like a more defined textured look, I love the DAVINES Strong Dry Wax and also their Sea Salt Spray.

THORPS: So who’s your dream celebrity client?
Kenna: Ellen Degeneres. Not only does she have great hair but I feel like she would be somewhat low maintenance and make me laugh the entire time. Like we could just hang out while I do her hair.

THORPS: Any funny stories from growing up in a salon?
Kenna: Well, there were plenty of times that I cut my own hair! But my favorite memory is when I was 6 or 7 and I was all dressed up, hair done, ready for my dance recital. My mom was upstairs getting ready to go and I went into her salon and decided I needed to wax my eyebrows. I put more than enough wax over one of my brows…yes the entire eyebrow. Before I could move on to the second she came in and started yelling. I remember her frantically trying to wipe off the wax and pick it off. We eventually had to leave but I think she spent some time picking hard wax off of my eyebrow after the recital. I’m sure my mom could write a book about all the mischievous things I did in that shop as a child.

Thanks for following along this week with Kenna! If you’d like to book with Kenna, you can call the shop at 608/467.2222 or book online.

Humans of THORPS: Jen!

This post is part of a series called Humans of Thorps, where we’ll be sharing cuts & color, style inspiration, product guides, and random fun tidbits from one stylist per week. Posts will go up on our Instagram and Facebook all week, then be collected on our website along with an interview. We hope you enjoy getting to know the Thorps team!

Our featured stylist for August 4th — August 9th was the feisty, silver-haired barber extraordinaire Jen!


Dogs, yoga, her dude Corey, and serving up killer cuts & colors are some of Jen’s favorite things.


Ever wondered how Jen gets those perfectly silver locks? Spoiler alert: it’s not easy…but it sure is beautiful. Here’s how Jen creates and maintains this rare hue:

First off, Jen’s hair is naturally dirty blonde and has never been dyed anything darker–only bleached lighter. This is very important, as once your hair is colored darker it can be difficult to make it significantly lighter without incurring a lot of damage. Jen has been working towards this color for 8 years, which is how her hair is both so long AND such a light silver.

To maintain the color, she bleaches and tones her outgrowth every 5 weeks. She uses Davines Alchemic shampoo & conditioner for silver & blonde hair twice a week, and then Davines Nourish Shampoo and Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner for all other washes. Without careful maintenance, hair this light can easily turn brassy (yellowish), and any root outgrowth will be very apparent next to such light ends.

In summary: very high maintenance but very beautiful! If you’re interested in this color, we suggest setting up a consultation with one of our stylists to help you decide if this is attainable for you! (PS–Jesc is responsible for helping Jen maintain her mane and is an expert at blonding & color correction!)


Jen is a stylist of all trades, but barbering is one of her favorite parts of her job. She recommends scheduling regular appointments (most dudes like to go 3 – 6 weeks–ask your stylist if you’re unsure how often you need to be sheared!) for stay looking sharp and feeling good. What sets a great barber apart from the rest is how their cuts grow out. Jen might not be able to make your hair grow more slowly, but she sure can  make sure it still looks killer as it gets longer!


Jen may be mama to a human now, but she still dotes on her adorable pups, DJ and Bear.


Jen loves tattoos & tattoos and has many beautiful pieces! Here are some of her favorites, all done by local Madison tattooists. “Stay Posi” by Jon at Tailor Made; “Death Before Decaf” by Zach at Spike-o-Matic; vulture & roses by Houstin at Tailor Made. Not pictured: some sweet piercings by Myke at Blue Lotus. Support local artists!


#ThrowbackThursday: As you can see, Jen has always had freakin’ amazing hair. Here she is back in the day sporting some serious Rapunzel locks!


…Jen doesn’t hear this from clients much, but she says it to herself every time she looks in the mirror! #SilverHairProblems…but nothing that can’t be fixed with some Davines Alchemic Conditioner for silver & blonde hair.


Jen would like to personally thank these handsome gents (Ryan Gosling in particular) for inspiring a generation to buy a nice pair of pants and get a good haircut. 

Thanks for following along this week with Jen! She will be on maternity leave (mazel tov!) until December 2014. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on her return date!

Humans of THORPS: Jamie!

This post is part of a series called Humans of Thorps, where we’ll be sharing cuts & color, style inspiration, product guides, and random fun tidbits from one stylist per week. Posts will go up on our Instagram and Facebook all week, then be collected on our website along with an interview. We hope you enjoy getting to know the Thorps team!

Our featured stylist for July 28th — August 2nd was the bubbly, hilarious Jamie.

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Jamie has been cutting hair for nine years and has been at THORPS since spring 2010. She loves long, big, curly, feminine styles and warm, sun-kissed colors. Around the shop she’s best known for her love of the curling iron, Beyoncé, and her two adorable kiddos (not necessarily in that order!)

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When it comes to long locks, Jamie’s policy is the bigger, the better. These may be editorial looks, but they sure do make you want to invest in a good round brush and can of hairspray!

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In your shower…under your pillows…between the car seats…in every purse…raise your hand if you feel Jamie on this one!

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And that’s why you should always book your appointments at regular intervals!

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Nine-year-old Jamie slept in braids to get this crimped look. Those poofy bangs though…how she achieved those is a stylist’s secret!

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Here’s another throwback of Jamie with an ombré before ombrés were cool. She achieved this look with the ever-tempting, always-disastrous Sun-In. Sunkissed locks are hard to DIY–may we suggest you book with Jamie instead?

90s and 00s comedies are in constant rotation in Jamie's Netflix queue. Which of these is your favorite?

90s and 00s comedies are in constant rotation in Jamie’s Netflix queue. Which of these is your favorite?

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Teenage Jamie used to document her box dye adventures with before & after pictures. She was missing the after picture, so we improvised. Think her transformation was a success?

THORPS: What’s the worst hairstyle you’ve ever had?
Looking back some of my hairstyles were pretty awful, but at the time I loved them all! I always was pretty bossy with what I wanted and wasn’t afraid to tell my stylist.
A couple that made me cry was when I colored my own hair before prom to look like a “carmely Jennifer Anniston” but it turned into a brassy copper penny color at the roots with gothic black ends–not the prom look I was going for!  And then when I was pregnant with Maddie, I did NOT follow my own advice (which is don’t do anything drastic to your hair with raging hormones!) and I cut my bangs…myself…too short. I was pregnant and puffy and crying because my bangs made my face look fat. Don’t think that was the problem! ;)

THORPS: Who’s your dream celebrity client?
Kate Hudson, because she’s such a girly beach babe, or Drew Barrymore because she switches her hair up a lot but always keeps it warm, pretty and feminine.

THORPS: What’s one hairstyle you’ve always wanted to try but probably never will?
Pixie! For sure! I am such a long hair girl at heart that it probably will never happen, but I would love to try it for a day…just a day.

THORPS: What styling tools should everyone own?
Curling iron! A blow dryer is a given, but everyone needs a curling iron too. Even if you have great natural texture everyone can benefit by touching up the curls that won’t behave, making wavy hair even beachier, or using it to relax too tight of curls. No one has that perfectly un-done, “I just woke up like this with my natural, messy texture.” They all have product, a little blow dry at the roots and a few wraps around the curling iron to make it look “natural.”

THORPS: What’s the funniest thing Maddie [her daughter, age 3] has said lately?
Probably that her snot tastes like mushrooms–and that’s why she eats it! She has an answer for everything and opinions for days–so. much. personality! But I love it :)

Thanks for following along this week with Jamie! If you’d like to book with Jamie, you can call the shop at 608/467.2222 or book online.


Humans of THORPS: Claire!

This post is part of a series called Humans of Thorps, where we’ll be sharing cuts & color, style inspiration, product guides, and random fun tidbits from one stylist per week. Posts will go up on our Instagram and Facebook all week, then be collected on our website along with an interview. We hope you enjoy getting to know the Thorps team!

Our featured stylist for July 21st — July 26th was our resident rocker Claire. 

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Claire came to Thorps in August 2011, right after graduating from cosmetology school. She’s six feet of pure hilarity, and a skilled barber to boot. She’s inspired by everything from comic book characters to 1970s punk rockers.

Jake was a first-time Thorps client. Look at that sharp part–and that smile! We’re sure he’ll become one of Claire’s regulars in no time.

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Fringed & lovely with the perfect touch of messy–for longer styles, Claire loves Davines Sea Salt Spray.

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There’s a big difference between a mullet and a shag–because shags are effortlessly cool and instantly evoke a rocker vibe. Claire styles her own ‘do with Davines Curl Building Serum and Alder Hair Powder.

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Midway through the week, Claire switched up her blue locks for this dreamy dark green! Would you dare go verde?

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Her hair may be green now, but she’s going through a musical blue period. Some of Claire’s favorite albums: 1) Thin Lizzy – Black Rose: A Rock Legend 2) Protex – Strange Obsessions 3) Weezer – The Blue Album 4) The Go-Go’s – Beauty & The Beat

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A tight fade will never go out of style. Claire loves the precision involved in barber’s cuts.

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Super short, super messy, or super classic: Claire cuts ‘em all.

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Some of Claire’s favorite products: 1) Davines Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner breathes life into dry & damaged hair and doubles as a cream cleanser. 2) Davines Oi Oil smoothes and adds shine, making styling a breeze. 3) Brooklyn Grooming Fort Greene Classic Beard Oil smells like lavender and revives even the most neglected of beards. 4) Uppercut Deluxe Pomade provides high-shine and a gravity-defying hold.

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Some of Claire’s favorite movies–add these to your Netflix queue for a healthy dose of absurdity.

THORPS: What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
Claire: I unfortunately did a lot of terrible things to my own hair in my youth, including shaved head, all sorts of Mohawks, DIY basement perm, and every kind of box dye imaginable. The worst color was probably after I had my hair bleached professionally, and I had used a box dye to get it back to brown. I went to Alabama on spring break and used Sun-In, which was all sorts of horrible.

THORPS: What drew you to barbering?
Claire: I have always been drawn to the attention to detail required with shorter haircuts. I am constantly more impressed with a nice barbers cut than any color or longer hairstyle.

THORPS: What’s your dream musical supergroup?
Claire: Most of the bands and groups that I love are comprised of talented musicians that I adore and respect, which makes it very difficult for me to pick a “dream supergroup.” I would have to say that I would like to see Ozzy Osbourne front the Who, because Roger Daltrey is a walking, fringe-covered turd. John Entwistle and Keith Moon rank very high on my respective lists of favorite bassists and drummers, and Pete Townshend had some very nice jumpsuits back in the day. I always felt that the Who was more of a power trio than a four piece. Maybe I am not giving Roger enough credit? I might come up with thirteen other combinations after I am able to marinate on this question a little longer, but it will save those for another day.

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And a bonus: Claire’s cat, Samuel L. Jackson. Yes, he really once slept like that.

Thanks for following along this week with Claire! If you’d like to book with Claire, you can call the shop at 608/467.2222 or book online.


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 Buy one get one half off!


Humans of THORPS: Tara!

This post is part of a series called Humans of Thorps, where we’ll be sharing cuts & color, style inspiration, product guides, and random fun tidbits from one stylist per week. Posts will go up on our Instagram and Facebook all week, then be collected on our website along with an interview. We hope you enjoy getting to know the Thorps team!

Our featured stylist for July 14th — July 20th  was the lovely Tara.

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Tara has been cutting hair professionally since 2009 and joined the Thorps team in 2010, where she’s brought an easygoing vibe and tons of skill in giving perfectly subtle highlights and low-maintenance cuts.

Here are some styles Tara created in the shop last week:

Looking for an easy-to-style cut? Tara suggests you try out a bob–a stacked bob (like on Mary, right) is especially simple. Tara also did Mary’s beautiful blonde color.

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These soft blonde highlights add a sunny vibe and dimension to dark hair while still looking natural. Subtle or grown-out highlights are some of Tara’s favorites.

Tara found herself with a little extra time on her hands one afternoon and practiced her braiding skills on our receptionist. Cornrows may not be your cup of tea, but adding a few sweet braids to a summer wedding updo gives a romantic, boho look.

Tara found herself with a little extra time on her hands one afternoon and practiced her braiding skills on our receptionist. Cornrows may not be your cup of tea, but adding a few sweet braids to a summer wedding updo gives a romantic, boho look.

Beachy waves, chunky bobs, and golden blonde highlights are some of Tara’s favorite looks.

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For chill locks, Tara recommends the following Davines products, all available in our shop: 1) Oi All-in-One Milk 2) Sea Salt Spray 3) Strong Hold Hairspray 4) Hair Refresher dry shampoo to keep your style going strong into day 2!

THORPS: What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
When I was 8 my mom took me to a barber on the Navy base where we lived. He gave me bowl cut that was so bad it’s hard for me to even call it a bowl cut. I didn’t shed too many tears though ’cause I was a bit of a tomboy and always outside.

THORPS: Who are your style icons?
Generally my taste in style stays pretty consistent. I don’t really look up to anyone in particular. However, there is a group of people that I’ll give a nod to, the women of Madison that seem to somehow pull together this awesome sort of “sporty-bohemian” look on a St. Vinny’s budget…definitely impressive.

THORPS: Describe your perfect summer day.
Early to midday river paddle with a picnic on a sandbar, then a short bike ride to the Union for a beer or two.

THORPS: What’s the one hair tip you tell every client?
Less shampoo more conditioner, and having good quality products to start with makes a world of difference!

Thanks for following along this week with Tara! If you’d like to book with Tara, you can call the shop at 608/467.2222 or book online.

We will be closed today and will  be open tomorrow, Saturday July 5th.


Happy Father’s Day!


Need a quick gift?  We have Malin & Goetz

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Closed in Celebration of Memorial Day

Thanks to all who have served


Strollin’ Schenk’s Corners

Tonight, May 23rd, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium kicks off its new Strollin’ series of neighborhood-based mini-fests in the Schenk’s Corners commercial district.  Strollin’ Schenk’s Corners” features 8 hours of live music beginning at 5:00 pm located at 5 neighborhood venues. For more specific info visit


Thorps Line-up 7 pm-9:45 pm

  • Brennan Conners & Stray Passage featuring Tim Russell
  • Lesser Lakes trio