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Annie Fisher: Artist and Philanthropist

FEBRUARY 2, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

“We do hair exclusively here,” Annie explains during our conversation. Well, perhaps that’s all that happens in her beautiful salon, but Annie Fisher’s work extends way past those walls.

Annie opened her salon AFH several years ago in the enviable space on MLK Jr Way next door to Essential Bakery. She felt her way through several locations and established salons before settling into Madison Valley. “It was a most deliberate choice,” said Annie. She was attracted to the sense of community in both the neighborhood and business groups. She is an asset to the Madison Valley Merchant Association, volunteering to participate in several activities. She has been especially helpful organizing the holiday lighting along Madison Street during the winter months. The salon maintains a collection of business cards for their customers as a referral service to other local services. 

 

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Annie became interested in hair styling at a tender age while practicing on her Barbie dolls and little sister. She worked her way through college as a rep for the Italian hair product company Framesi. The company, which offers high quality all natural products, became her career path. She has been a stylist, educator and independent consultant for over 20 years and uses Framesi products exclusively in her salon.

The philosophical goal at the salon is the discovery of one’s personal beauty that will enhance that person’s positive sense of self. “This is a safe place,” asserts Annie. “It’s a come as you are environment.”

Annie extends this philosophy into her many philanthropic endeavors. She is a volunteer at Mary’s Place, a homeless shelter here in Seattle. Additionally, she feels a special mission to serve women experiencing cancer and focuses her energy with Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda’s Club). 

With Cancer Pathways, Annie participates in the annual Surviving With Style fundraising event and is a supporter of the kids/teens Camp Sparkle. Her husband participates in the Driving Out Golf Tournament. Annie will make home visits assisting women to maintain their sense of beauty while they are in treatment. It is easy to perceive her commitment and passion to this valuable work when she describes these activities.

On the home front at the salon, Annie supervises her apprentice program for new stylists learning about the Framesi products and their applications. She deliberately keeps the salon staff on the small side to create a family environment. Her goal is to provide a comfortable place to nurture an emerging artist’s creativity.

AFH Salon is a full service salon. 

For information about the many services you may visit the website:
AnnieFisherHair.com

To follow her various philanthropic activities you may find her on:
Facebook: Annie Fisher Hair.

Annie collects complimentary hotel toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions and soaps to donate to Mary’s Place. You may bring your contributions to the salon for an easy drop off location.

Thank you, Annie for your many contributions to our community!

 

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Sen Salon Opens

JANUARY 28, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Sen Salon (formerly Hoa Salon) marks the third generation of family-owned and operated nail and beauty services in Madison Valley! After six years serving as the manager at Hoa, Lam Huynh has taken over for her cousin with a passion to carry the torch of tradition while making improvements to the beloved neighborhood store! Already, she has created a fresh new look for the interiors, adopted new, all-natural products, and is planning to expand the service offerings.

 

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Of course, Sen carries on the family’s tradition of providing friendly walk-in service with detailed and personalized care. In fact, the word “Sen” means Lotus in Vietnamese, and is the perfect evolution of “Hoa” (which is both the name of her Aunt who founded the store, and the Vietnamese word for flower!) Sen Salon has maintained all of the core nail technicians and aestheticians from Hoa and is committed to providing a supportive and rewarding work environment for its growing staff.

 

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Over the last 12 years, Lam and the staff of Sen Salon have developed many friendships within the Madison Valley Neighborhood and have established themselves as an integral part of its blossoming business district. Sen Salon is proud to build off of the foundation of its long-standing predecessor, and continue to offer its neighbors new innovations in nail and beauty care.

 

Sen Salon
2900 E Madison St
206 322-3546
info@senmadison.com
http://www.senmadison.com

 

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MoveMend is Growing!

JANUARY 6, 2017 | AARON SHAW

MoveMend is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Carly Catanese to our growing team. Carly earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Cleveland State University in 2011. She is new to Seattle so please come by and welcome her to Madison Valley. 

 

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MoveMend is changing the model of health and fitness by bridging the gap between physical rehabilitation and personal training. We’re here to serve your personal training and physical and occupational therapy needs. 

MoveMend
2818 E. Madison St., Seattle (Next to FastFrame)
Phone: 206-641-7733
Website: MoveMend.info
Email: info@MoveMend.info

 

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Notable Neighbors: Pippa Kiraly - A Lifetime of Service

DECEMBER 5, 2016 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Several years ago now, Pippa Kiraly had a remarkable experience. Accompanied by her brother, she went hiking in the Himalayas. Although for most of us a trip to the Himalayas would be remarkable enough, for Pippa it was a miracle. Pippa has experienced a life-long battle with severe, life-threatening asthma. This condition would have made such an adventure impossible to even contemplate for most people living with asthma. However, acting upon the advice of her doctor, Pippa participated in a specialized breathing program that has set her free of most asthma symptoms and medications.

 

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The program that assisted Pippa to this state of freedom is known as the Buteyko Method of Breathing Modification. During an intensive ten hour, five-day course, she learned to modify her breathing patterns such that within a few months she was untethered from her “rescue” inhalers. With the help of her doctor, she was then able to taper off the steroids that had controlled her life. The process took 10 months which is much longer than most for most people due to the many years of disease. Pippa estimates that14 years ago she was saving over $3,000 a year in drug and prescription insurance costs.

Pippa was so enamored with this breathing modification program that she decided to take an advanced teachers’ course. She is now a certified Buteyko Educator. It is a joy for her to teach others how to free themselves from the stress of asthma and other breathing difficulties.

Care giving comes naturally to Pippa. Originally from England, she was trained as a nurse in London. After immigrating to America in 1959 and marrying, she settled down to be a wife and mother. Her husband, Bill, a violist, was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra. Drawing from her innate writing skills, she became a freelance classical music critic for the Akron Beacon-Journal. She thrived in this environment.

In 1991, following the death of her husband, Pippa relocated to Seattle. She immediately felt at home in our Pacific Northwest. Originally, she was recruited to write an article for the Seattle Youth Symphony. She continued her journalism career with the Seattle P.I., Seattle Times and, for several years, the Seattle Weekly. Twice a month she submits previews and reviews for City Arts. Far from a lucrative income source, Pippa receives complimentary tickets and a small stipend. It doesn’t matter. She loves it. “2016 has been an especially stellar year!” she exclaims. “There are many wonderful events each week. I limit myself to two per week to prevent feeling jaded by too much to take in”.

In addition to her writing career, Pippa has been a long time volunteer with Providence Hospice of Seattle. Initially she specialized in bereavement counseling listening to each individual over a period of 13 months.  Both her nurses’ training and the personal loss of her husband provided her with the skills necessary to assist others through this difficult passage. She is considered to be one of the most committed and skilled bereavement volunteers at Hospice of Seattle. These days, she assists with Camp Erin, the summer bereavement camp for children as well as in ongoing Grief Support services for both children and adults.

At home, Pippa is a dedicated gardener. Her garden is fairly bursting with abundant produce. “This year I grew a row of immense purple cabbages and quantities of zucchini and summer squash as well as trees-full of blue plums and apples. For the first time I took some baskets of produce to St Mary’s Food Bank on 20th south of Jackson and felt so pleased!”

Pippa’s passion, the Buteyko Method of breathing modification, has ignited a new career path. Undaunted by what many others consider an “advanced” age; Pippa, now at 81, has marched headlong into her new vision.

Pippa emphasized that her breathing reeducation trans- formed her life so dramatically that she has been thrilled to offer the method to others. Service to her community has always been at the heart of her motivation. As a nurse, she has been following her commitment of offering comfort and support wherever it is needed. As example to us all, Pippa’s philosophy has been to greet each day as a new beginning and an opportunity for personal growth.

To explore the Buteyko Method of Breathing you may contact Pippa at:

206-329-6604
http://www.lifelongeasybreathing.com/
info@lifelongeasybreathing.com

 

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Q&A with Megan Sevcik, Owner of Honey Skin Spa

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 | LAUREN FIOR MCCAFFREY

Why did you choose to open Honey Skin Spa in Madison Valley?

I was specifically looking for a neighborhood with a close-knit community. I first discovered the neighborhood through City People’s and it was my dream to open a business here. It reminds me of an upscale but quaint European village, and I love that all of the shops and business here are independently owned, many by local women, which was a big draw for me.

 

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What do you love about the neighborhood?

I love all of the restaurants and shops, especially Jarbo and Alice!! I spent most of my first year getting to know other business owners and participating in community events organized by the extraordinary Lindy Wishard! Madison Valley is a really supportive and caring community and the business owners are so kind and generous. Annie at Annie Fischer Hair Salon is a dear friend and mentor to me. Madison Valley has everything within walking distance; once you are here you don’t need a car to get around. It’s perfect!

What sets Honey Skin Spa apart from other skin spas?

It is really the amount of love, time and compassion that we put into everything we do. We have the same clients as we did when we opened five years ago because they feel cared for, comfortable and a part of the Honey family. There is nothing we won’t do for our clients. We stay late, come in early, help them with a plan for aftercare, we have dropped products off at their homes, whatever they need and whatever it takes!

We always strive for exceptional service and intentionally do not overbook our appointments so that nobody is rushed and we can spend as much time as needed with guests. Skin is your largest organ and it’s connected to so many other functions of the body. We take great care in learning about each guest’s lifestyle and skin goals, and we make recommendations for supplements, eating, products and more based on this and their needs.

We also built Honey using the highest quality design and products, from the paint on our walls to the skin care products in our services, to the heated beds in our treatment rooms; all to create a beautiful, tranquil setting.

 

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Honey has been known to be the best-kept secret in skin care, why do guests say this?

Our clients say to us all the time that they don’t want to tell people about Honey because they are afraid of our getting too busy and overbooked. Which makes us laugh and we assure them that they will always be able to get in with us!

Our clients trust us so much and know that we have their best interest at heart. I give them the same caring and advice that I give to my mom and sisters.

There is also no pressure at Honey, we don’t answer to a corporate office with sales goals or tactics to book appointments back to back. I didn’t want anyone telling me which products to sell and how fast to get through services. These are some of the reasons that I wanted to open my own spa with my own culture and values. We simply want to help people achieve their best skin ever and want everyone to leave feeling like they had the best facial of their life.

Tell us about your signature Illuminating Oxygen Facial and why it’s so effective?

Our Oxygen Treatment brings all of the inflammation down to create healthy, vibrant and glowing skin. Creating great skin is all about controlling inflammation, when you are not inflamed your skin doesn’t age, it’s happy. It might sound too good to be true but its why our guests come back again and again for this treatment, as they can see and feel the differences right away.

Nothing we do is superficial; everything has a purpose that changes the way your cells behave in your dermis, which controls all of your cell metabolic functions. This is how skin is improved and regains its natural glow and luster.

Our new LED Therapy Facial also offers some amazing benefits using gentle, non-toxic LED red and blue lights that penetrate the skin to repair and heal a variety of issues like killing acne bacteria, minimizing fine lines, repairing scarring, sun damage, and more.

Honey is going to be adding microneedling to our services this October, so stay tuned for more details at www.honeyskinspa.com!

 

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AFH Salon Nominated in NW Hairstyling Awards

JULY 19, 2016 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Three stylists at AFH Salon were recently nominated in the Northwest Hairstyling Awards. 

Annie Fisher was nominated for the second year in a row in the category of Master Hairstylist of the Year. Jeremy Abraham was nominated for the third year in a row and his first time in the category of Avant Garde Artist of the Year. Kelsey Knutson was nominated for the first time in the category of Newcomer of the year.

 

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Annie, Jeremy, and Kelsey

 

That AFH has three people nominated is noteworthy — there are only six people nominated in each category and anyone from salons in Washington and Oregon is eligible! The award show takes place the evening of October 4th, 2016, here in Seattle (exact location TBD).

We at the studio are excited and proud of our stylists! 

AFH Salon
2719 E. Madison St #E
206-329-2719

http://anniefisherhair.com

 

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Honey Skin Spa Featured in Seattleite

JULY 7, 2016 | LAUREN FIOR MCCAFFREY

Madison Valley boutique spa, Honey Skin Spa and its owner Megan Sevcik, were recently featured in Seattleite! The local publication highlights their Illuminating Oxygen Facial which uses a special machine called the ECHO 2 Plus Liquid Oxygen Machine.

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Honey Skin Spa is the only spa in the state to carry this specific, state-of-the-art technology that makes pores and fine lines virtually disappear, leaving skin restored, healthy and glowing. The treatment uses pure, clean oxygen so it’s extremely gentle and safe for every skin type.

If you have not visited Honey Skin Spa, click below to read more or visit them at http://www.honeyskinspa.com to book your Oxygen Facial or custom treatment today! Ask them about their highly effective, organic skin care products for at home use as well.

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Owner Megan Sevcik

Honey offers a variety of facials customized to your skin and needs, as well as the best quality lash extensions, brow and lash tinting, back facials, bridal and spa parties, men’s services and more!

http://www.seattleite.com/echo-2-oxygen-facial-at-honey-skin-spa/

 

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Annie Fisher Hair hires three new stylists!

MARCH 1, 2016 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

At AFH Salon, we are lucky enough to welcome three talented stylists to the family. These ladies embody our culture and are dedicated to providing a safe space while creating customized looks for each client’s lifestyle. We’re excited to welcome them to the wonderful neighborhood of Madison Valley.

This came about when Seven, a large salon downtown, shut its doors overnight and left over 40 beauty professionals without a space to practice their craft. When crisis strikes, it calls us to help. This time it happened to be stylists within our community who needed assistance and this town really rallied. As quickly as the closure of Seven had been announced, Facebook groups sprang up where clients could find their stylists, salons could find talent and everyone offered support for these artists. This dark cloud came with a silver lining.

Meet Desiree, Theresa and Brooke!

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AFH Salon has been open in Madison Valley for 2.5 years and now with more stylists, we offer more availability. If you haven’t visited us before, we invite you to call or check our website to learn more about our growing salon family and our community involvement. Better yet, stop in and say hello!

anniefisherhair.com
206-329-2719
Like us at AFH Salon on Facebook

 

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AFH Charity Drive: Sweethearts wanted!

JANUARY 28, 2016 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

 

This Valentine’s Day, we want to share the love. And you’re invited!

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Our goal is to take care of people everyday. While it’s usually for clients, we strive to give back to our community and provide care for people who do not walk into our salon. This has included participation in fundraising events, providing haircutting services at Mary’s Place emergency shelter and our ongoing toiletry drive; we collect travel and full size items to donate to Mary’s Place throughout the year. This being the season of hearts and valentines, we want to extend the invitation to everyone!

 

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Annie works with another stylist to get this young girl ready for the big party at SoDo Park!

We invite you to participate in a special Valentine’s Day drop for Mary’s Place. Donate small items at AFH by February 12th. We want to make this a special day for as many families as possible! We encourage beauty and toiletry items - nail polish, toothbrushes, tampons, lip balm, shower products, deodorant. We will also accept new and in-original-packaging underwear (for men, women and children), socks, bras, snacks (granola bars, chocolate bars, microwave popcorn), and reusable grocery bags.

Due to space limitations, we cannot accept larger items. If you have bigger items to donate, we encourage you to check out the Mary’s Place website for a full list of accepted items and drop-off times.

Need a little motivation? Take it from Dana Olsen — the bride whose husband-to-be cancelled the wedding 3 weeks prior, and she donated the entire reception to the families of Mary’s Place. We had the privilege of joining other stylists and makeup artists in getting everyone glam for the big night. Grab your tissues and read the full story here.

Please join us! We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces spreading the love :)

 

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It's not just hair: AFH Salon participates in annual fundraiser for Mary’s Place

NOVEMBER 11, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Every day, AFH stylists help people transform themselves through compassion, care and, of course, styling. The AFH team is excited and honored to contribute to Runway to Freedom 6 on November 19 - an event that will assist women, children and families in transforming their lives after escaping domestic violence.

Annie Fisher, AFH owner and stylist, will lead the hair team to insure another fabulously styled evening. The AFH Salon team will be there creating looks for the show as well. Roy Fisher, MA LMFT, AFH co-founder and visionary, will speak about his work in the domestic violence field.

“ ‘It’s not just hair’ is my mantra for styling. It’s not just vanity or style, but about providing an experience that will allow people to feel safe, cared for and help them through each season of their lives,” says Annie Fisher, “ We all have that power, and we’re excited to help Runway to Freedom do that in a big way by contributing our talent.”

Anyone can support this life-changing, life-saving mission. Runway to Freedom 6 is open to the public and takes place Thursday, November 19 at SoDo park featuring work by local designers - Zulily, Julie Danforth, House of Gina Marie, live music by Seattle rising stars - Kimberly Nichole, Jairemie Alexander and Draze - and a live auction. Tickets are still available, including VIP options that enter the buyer into a drawing for Macklemore concert tickets.

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To purchase tickets: rtf6.brownpapertickets.com

Since 2010, Runway to Freedom has been raising awareness and funds for local domestic violence programs through social media and our annual fashion show, live auction, and raffle. This year’s event will benefit Mary’s Place, a local shelter that empowers homeless women and children to reclaim their lives by providing safe shelter, emotional support and services they need.

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From left: Diana, Kelsey (stylist), Janelle, Annie Fisher (owner and stylist)

 

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Fall Into Health

OCTOBER 22, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

It's party time! MoveMend is hosting a party with some of our favorite health and wellness colleagues. Meet and mingle with your local wellness professionals.

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Aaron Shaw, MoveMend Shoulder/Arm/Hand Therapy

Rachel Carey DeBusk, Personal Trainer, USA Triathalon Coach 

Andrea J. Walker, Nutritional Therapy 

Dr. Anita LeBlanc, Chiropractor at NW Sports Rehab 

D'vorah Levy, Acupuncturist 

Dr. Ian McLogan, Naturopath 

Joseph Hunton, Hellerwork/Massage 

Richard Chadek, Personal Development Coach 

Saturday, October 24th
11 am-2 pm
Free food and drink
Door prizes 

No need to RSVP. Just drop in.

MoveMend
2818 E. Madison St., Seattle (Next to FastFrame)
Phone: 206-641-7733
Website: MoveMend.info
Email: info@MoveMend.info

 

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New Acupuncturist at Glow Natural Health Center

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Glow Natural Health Center, located above Essential Bakery, welcomes a new member and Acupuncturist to Madison Valley. Carsten Rode’s experience focuses mainly on pain management and rehabilitation from injuries and accidents. He earned a Masters of Science degree in Acupuncture from Bastyr University and is currently finishing his studies of Chinese Herbal Medicine. He believes that the most important part about the medicine is that every patient is treated individually. All treatment plans are geared towards the individuals’ constitution and presentation of the illness or main complaint. Carsten also thinks it’s important for people to know that most ailments are not “fixed” or “relieved” by just one treatment. Just like other forms of standard medical care, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a therapeutic medicine and best results are achieved with a multiple treatments that decrease in frequency over time.

Carsten’s Story

Many people discover the medical benefits of acupuncture in different ways. While common throughout the rest of the world, in America, Traditional Chinese Medicine is not usually the first choice people seek out to treat systemic health problems. This was also true for Rode. Struggling with consistent shoulder and wrist pain and a bout of tinnitus (ringing in the ears), he was attempting to treat these conditions with medication. Ultimately unsuccessful, the conversation turned to surgery. Knowing the minimal success rate surgery had in relieving his condition, Carsten sought out alternative options, ultimately finding himself in an acupuncture clinic. A successful real estate agent at the time, Carsten would have never thought during his first visit that several years later he would be so compelled by the results of his care, he’d reconstruct his career path and become and acupuncturist himself. Yet, this is exactly what happened. 

Originally from Germany and growing up in a household of doctors and nurses, he always respected and liked what his family members did to care for others. Witnessing patients stop and thank his father for helping them improve their health remained imprinted in Carsten’s mind. These types of experiences and his success with acupuncture led him to make the decision to return to school and attend Bastyr University in Seattle. 

Training and Experience

Carsten is is a board certified Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). His experience ranges from serving patients in multiple clinics as part of the Bastyr teaching curriculum to treating Seattle Marathon participants as well as treating many patients for injuries from car accidents in conjunction with Chiropractic Care. 

He sought out opportunities to spend time with MDs at a Group Health Urgent Care and shadowed an Orthopedist at the ER of the Medizinisches Zentrum Staedte Region Aachen in Germany.

Glow Natural Health Center
206-568-7545
http://glownaturalhealth.com

 

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Happy 2nd Birthday to Madison Valley’s AFH Salon!

SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 | ANNIE FISHER

AFH Salon is starting year three with two exciting events:

2015 Seattle Style Night

Annie Fisher and Jeremy Abraham of AFH Salon have been nominated for awards at the 2015 Seattle Style Night.

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In 2014, DList Magazine and VannEdge Salon teamed up to deliver an annual celebration weekend, Seattle Style Weekend, honoring local artists in the fashion and beauty industry in the greater Seattle area.

This year, the event returns with a new program that combines Seattle Fashion Awards and Northwest Hairstyling Awards in one incredible night of fashion and beauty with the proceeds used to benefit a local non-profit. Finalists will be chosen from online submissions along with input from experts in the fashion and beauty industry. 

The finalists will be announced on Monday, August 24th online at http://www.dlistmagazine.com/seattle-style-night.

All finalists will participate in a photo shoot that will be featured in the 2015 Fall Fashion Issue.

The issue will be released on September 23rd at a preview event where finalists along with fashion, hair and beauty elites will gather to mix and mingle. The winners will be chosen by expert judges and announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 14th. The ceremony will feature a fashion showcase of each category and hair shows with contributions from salons from the greater Seattle area. The event will include a cocktail hour prior to the shows, entertainment, local celebrity presenters, swag bags for VIPS and more.

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More info and tickets: http://www.dlistmagazine.com/seattle-style-night

The night of the show we will also be presenting hair as a team. This event is open to the public and we invite you to come cheer us on. 

Annie Fisher: Nominated for Master Hair Stylist of the Year
Jeremy Abraham: Nominated for Hair Stylist of the Year

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Runway to Freedom 

Runway to Freedom (RTF) is an annual fashion and musical event dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence by supporting Mary's Place. RTF strives to empower survivors of domestic violence to gain stability and to educate the general public about the effects of domestic violence. 

Runway to Freedom 6
November 19, 2015
Sodo Park 

Tickets available September 1st

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Runway to Freedom was founded in 2010 by Lauren Grinnell. Runway to Freedom has produced five sold out events and raised over $100,000.00 for survivors of domestic violence. Annie Fisher will be leading the hair team this year to insure another fabulously styled evening. AFH Salon will be there creating looks for the show too. Roy Fisher, MA LMFT, will be speaking the night of the show, sharing his passion about working in the domestic violence field. 

More info and tickets http://runwaytofreedom.org

 

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Dr. Jenn’s Health Tips: Magical Magnesium

JULY 13, 2015 | JENN GRUSHON, ND - LEAD PRACTITIONER AT PHARMACA

Although magnesium isn’t actually magical, it can sometimes appear that way due to its profound effects. There is, however, sound scientific evidence of its benefits.  Magnesium deficiency affects the majority of us, and since it’s an essential mineral involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies, deficiency can contribute to a number of health complaints. Deficiency occurs not only from lack of magnesium in our diets, but also as a result of excessive sugar, calcium or alcohol intake, prolonged stress, and can be depleted with certain medications. 

Eating a diet rich in magnesium can be difficult depending on the depletion level of the soil from which the produce is yielded. Generally, good choices of magnesium-rich foods include avocados, organic dark leafy greens (especially beet greens, Swiss chard, and spinach), nuts & seeds (pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, and cashews), legumes (navy beans, tempeh, pinto beans, kidney beans, and lima beans), some grains (buckwheat, millet, barley, and quinoa), and dark chocolate. 

Helpful for headaches, insomnia, leg cramps and muscle pain, there are so many reasons to add a magnesium product into your daily routine. Navigating the different forms of magnesium can be a bit tricky and is a common question asked on a daily basis at Pharmaca. If you’ve taken a look at an aisle of magnesium supplements, you have probably noticed that there are different types. The magnesium must be attached to another substance, be it a salt or an amino acid, which distinguishes the different forms.

Which magnesium is right for you?

When considering a magnesium supplement, take into account the bioavailability, effect on the digestive system and the general indications of the form. This list is not conclusive; other forms of magnesium also exist, but are much less common. Before adding a new supplement to your routine, check with your healthcare provider to make sure it is a right fit for you. 

Magnesium Citrate:  This common, inexpensive form is very bioavailable and therefore, usable by our bodies. It does a good job for any result you’re looking for with magnesium, such as complementing calcium, vitamin K2, and vitamin D for bone health, muscle pain or cramps, constipation, anxiety, or insomnia. Although generally well-tolerated, it can have a mild laxative effect for some at regular doses.  If you tend to have loose stools or have a lot of GI irritation, consider another type, or figure out what your dose limit is.

Magnesium Glycinate:  This chelated form is touted as having great bioavailability and is especially good for those tending towards anxiety or insomnia. The magnesium is attached to glycine, which is an amino acid that works as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, resulting in a calming effect. Additionally, this form does not have a laxative effect, so it would be a form to choose if diarrhea is an issue. 

Magnesium Malate:  Good bioavailability and helps with cell energy production, as malate is a substrate in the Krebs cycle. In particular, the malate form can help with bodily pain, ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), and fibromyalgia, in addition to the other general magnesium uses.

Magnesium L-threonate:  This form is believed to have that ability to cross the BBB (blood brain barrier) allowing it to have potential benefit in the realm of neuroscience. It has been studied for use in Alzheimer’s disease and has been found to improve working memory, as well as short-term and long-term memory. I tend to gravitate towards this form for migraines, as well.

Magnesium Aspartate:  Decent bioavailability, although supposedly less so than citrate and glycinate forms, yet more so than oxide form. This type is not as common, but is sometimes used for ME/CFS, as well as other general magnesium uses.

Ionic Magnesium:  This liquid form typically combines a number of magnesium types and is potentially absorbed more quickly due to the liquid ionic form of the minerals.  This would be one to consider if you prefer a liquid to a pill. 

Magnesium Oxide:  Due to poor bioavailability, and because only about 4% is absorbed in the body, this form tends to be a decent laxative. For this reason, it is not an ideal form to use for supplemental uses other than constipation.

Magnesium Sulfate:  Otherwise known as Epsom salts, this form is often used for therapeutic baths to promote muscle relaxation and stress relief, as the magnesium is absorbed through the skin. 

Magnesium Chloride:  Found in a concentrated topical spray, this magnesium can be sprayed directly onto tight or cramping muscles and is readily absorbed through the skin.  If it feels itchy when applied, dilute with a little bit of water.

Stop by Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy at 4130 E. Madison St. in Madison Park to check out our magnesium selection, or shop online at pharmaca.com. We look forward to seeing you!

 

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Dr. Jenn’s Health Tips: Are you using these eco-friendly products?

APRIL 19, 2015 | JENN GRUSHON, ND - LEAD PRACTITIONER AT PHARMACA

In light of Earth Day, I want to provide you with sustainable ideas for products that benefit you and the environment. At Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, we have an extensive selection of non-toxic, sustainable, recycled or upcycled health and beauty products to aid you in doing your part in reducing waste and pollution. 

Ditch the Plastic

Rather than contribute to the billions of plastic bottles that end up in landfills, invest in a bottle you can use over and over again.  For added benefit, using a glass or stainless steel bottle helps you avoid the chemicals that act as endocrine (hormone) disruptors found in most plastics. Lifefactory glass water bottles and food storage containers come covered in a silicone safety sleeve and are available in many fun colors. Earthlust stainless steel water bottles are another great option. 

Upcycle Your Toothbrush!

Radius toothbrush handles come in three upcycled styles: wood, paper and money. They are comfortable to hold and do the job, plus, replaceable heads are available for purchase. Preserve toothbrushes are made of recycled materials, and SenzaBamboo makes a biodegradable bamboo handle toothbrush. 

Earth-Friendly Feminine Hygiene

Although it can take some getting use to the idea of using products other than the traditional disposable tampons and pads we are accustomed to, there are alternatives.  The Moon Cup and Diva Cup are both sustainable substitutes to tampons. GladRags can replace pads or panty-liners. Switching to these reusable options is not only eco-friendly, but also saves money, and helps you avoid the toxic chemical bleaches, petrochemicals and plastics used in many conventional tampons and pads.

Cleaner and Safer Housecleaning

Conventional cleaners contain harsh chemicals that over time do a number on the environment and our health. Instead reach for the more natural options, such as Dr. Bronner’s all-purpose castile soap, Biokleen, Seventh Generation, or Grab Green products.

Purify Your Beauty Routine!

Skin is our body’s largest organ and a primary route of absorption for any substance we come in contact with. For this reason, we should be aware of the products we use on a daily basis. Pharmaca has many skincare and makeup options that are safer for you and the environment. Zuzu Luxe cosmetics are all-natural, vegan and gluten-free. They have absolutely beautiful lip colors to choose from, along with other makeup products to create a lovely look. Devita skin care products are also vegan, considered safe for those with gluten sensitivities, and contain no parabens. The “Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30+” is fantastic, as is the “Optimal Rejuvenation Serum.”  Acure skin care products are organic, fair-trade certified and avoid the use of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and harmful preservatives. Pharmaca’s in-store staff of licensed estheticians can help point you to the appropriate products for you. 

Do Your Own Research!

My favorite resource for checking the safety of products is the Environmental Working Group’s website: ewg.org. Click to the consumer guides to look up specific products pertaining to cleaning products and skincare/cosmetics. If you are app-savvy, download the “EWG’s Skin Deep” app to be able to quickly scan a barcode on a product and receive a safety rating. I recommend using products that rate less than 3 on the scale (out of 10) for skincare and cosmetics, and A or B for the cleaning products. 

Please feel free to stop into the Madison Park Pharmaca to speak with one of our licensed professionals on staff for more information and tips on living a natural, earth-friendly lifestyle!

 

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Farewell, Lavender Heart

MARCH 9, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

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Lavender Heart will be closing after 13 years in Madison Valley. They invite you to join them for a party and raffle on Saturday, March 14th. You can also stop by and stock up on your favorite products now through March 24th.

Party & Raffle
March 14, 4 – 8 pm

Lavender Heart 
2812 E Madison St
(206) 568-4441

 

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Dr. Jenn’s Health Tips: Heart Health

FEBRUARY 28, 2015 | JENN GRUSHON, ND - LEAD PRACTITIONER AT PHARMACA

February is American Heart Month, and a great time to add heart-healthy foods, exercises and supplements in to your routine. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, so whether you’re managing type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension or you’re simply interested in cardiovascular protection, there are many lifestyle habits you can adopt. As always, consult your health care professional when it comes to implementing new exercises or supplemental products. 

Eat heart-healthy foods

Michael Pollan said it best when he said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Hands down, a plant-based or Mediterranean diet takes the lead as the most cardioprotective diet. Concentrate on vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, healthy fats such as avocado and coconut, legumes and nuts, and berries for their anthocyanin content (which gives the fruits a purple hue and serves as an effective antioxidant).

Get your heart pumping!

If able, aim for at least a half hour of moderate intensity exercise per day, at approximately 70 percent of maximum heart rate. To calculate your maximum heart rate, take 220 minus your age, then multiply by 0.70.

Example: Maximum heart rate for a 45-year-old
220-45 = 175 x 0.70 = 122

Try supplemental cardiovascular support

CoQ10 is a common supplement used to optimize mitochondrial function, and has antioxidant qualities. Choose a high-quality CoQ10 supplement, or its more “active” and typically more absorbable form, ubiquinol.

Hawthorn can be taken for cardiovascular protection, as well as used a general heart tonic. It is a broadly safe herb and can be used for extended lengths of time without repercussions. 

Consider increasing garlic in the diet, or try garlic capsules. Garlic can help to mildly lower blood pressure, as well as decrease cholesterol.

Horse chestnut works as a venous tonic, helping blood flow to the heart, and modulates inflammation. This can be used in the case of venous insufficiency, such as edema or varicose veins. 

Visit the Madison Park Pharmaca to check out our complete selection of herbs and supplements that can help support cardiovascular health, and get additional product tips and advice from our team of licensed experts. Here’s to you and a healthy heart! 

 

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“New Year, New You” Makeover Giveaway

JANUARY 15, 2015 | ANNIE FISHER

Madison Valley’s AFH Salon is offering its First Annual “New Year, New You” Makeover Giveaway. They're asking people to submit nominations for a woman who deserves a makeover. The winner will receive a cut and color with Annie Fisher, Framesi products from their salon, and a makeup consultation and lesson with a professional artist. The full package is worth over $400.

If you’d like to submit a name, send an email to annie@anniefisherhair.com with a 250-word response as to why your nominee deserves to win. The cutoff date is February 1st, 2015. Nominees may not already be clients at AFH Salon.

AFH Salon
206 329-2719
https://www.facebook.com/AnnieFisherHair
http://www.anniefisherhair.com

 

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AFH Salon at the Northwest Styling Awards

OCTOBER 17, 2014 | ANNIE FISHER

AFH Salon was thrilled to participate in the first annual Northwest Hairstyling Awards as part of Seattle Style Weekend on September 13th, with two of our stylists nominated for awards and the whole team providing hairstyling for runway shows (pictured below)!

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We love taking care of our clients’ hair for everyday looks, but it’s always a great experience when we’re given the opportunity to flex those creative muscles and do some fabulous, avant-garde hair.

Danaelle Bell was nominated for the newcomer award (her work is at top) and Jeremy Todd Abraham was nominated for hairstylist of the year (his work is below)!

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For tips, tricks, and more great reads, head over to AFH’s blog.

 

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Dr. Sarah’s Natural Health Tips: Back to School Immunity Boost

JULY 29, 2014 | DR. SARAH OUANO, ND – LEAD PRACTITIONER AT PHARMACA

Heading back to school oftentimes means heading back into a germ-filled classroom. Start boosting your child’s immune health now to keep colds and other bugs at bay! 

Vitamins

A children’s multivitamin provides the basic vitamins and minerals needed to mount a healthy immune response, and newer formulas are made from tasty, organic fruits and vegetables.  Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears Organics Multi-Vitamin is a tasty kids’ multivitamin gummy, free of common allergens like soy, dairy, gluten, and corn.

Vitamin D levels are important for everybody, but growing kids are especially in need of supplementation, and even more so during the winter months. My favorite vitamin D supplement is Garden of Life Kind Organics Vegan D3, which, believe it or not, tastes like birthday cake! 

Vitamin C is another great immune supporter, and children typically need only 250-500 mg per day to reap the benefits during cold season. Emergen-C Kidz Vitamin C 250mg is a powdered drink mix that delivers this dose, and tastes great.

Echinacea

Most people know that  echinacea is used as an immune booster, but not many realize that it also works on the lymphatic system. This multi-use herb is great for clearing or preventing illness because it keeps the lymph system—essentially the body’s sewer system—clean and free flowing. Oftentimes mild illness is worsened because of the body’s inability to clear waste, so having echinacea on board can certainly reduce the severity and duration of colds and flus.

Hydrotherapy

One of my favorite at-home remedies is the Warming Sock Treatment, which is designed to strengthen the immune system and stimulate blood flow. The only supplies you’ll need are a pair of thin cotton socks, a pair of thick (preferably wool) socks, a towel, a bowl of ice cold water, and a bowl of warm water. Right before bedtime, soak thin cotton socks in the bowl of ice cold water, and place your child’s feet into a warm water bath. Once the feet are nice and rosy, dry them, wring out the ice cold socks, and put them on. Immediately layer the thin socks with the dry thicker (preferably wool) socks, and put your child to bed.

Temperature manipulation is a time-honored technique of hydrotherapy that upregulates immune function by triggering your body’s natural response to warm your cold feet. By drawing blood down to the feet, blood flow is moved away from the infected areas in the head and chest. Most children love these “magic socks,” and adults can certainly benefit, too.

While these are all great ways to address immune health this season, keep in mind that the most basic medicine is lifestyle based. Ensure your child has an adequate intake of fresh, filtered water, typically 32-48 ounces per day, and is getting enough sleep to recuperate from the day.  

As always, if you have any questions regarding your child’s immune health, the practitioners at Pharmaca are always available to help you navigate through the season. You’re also welcome to attend Pharmaca’s complimentary “Mom & Baby” event at Pharmaca Madison Valley on Sunday, August 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., where moms and moms-to-be can enjoy individualized child health consultations, complimentary product samples, free kids’ activities and more. 

Have a happy and healthy school year!

 

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Dr. Sarah’s Natural Health Tips: Staying Sunscreen Savvy

JUNE 29, 2014 | DR. SARAH OUANO, ND

Within the last few weeks, many people have been coming in to Pharmaca with questions about sun exposure and potential skin damage. Unfiltered sun exposure has many benefits, especially because it can boost your body’s natural production of vitamin D, but typically only 20 minutes of sun exposure is necessary. Any time beyond that should involve sun protection in the form of clothing or applied sunscreen. Here’s a condensed road map to help you navigate your options.

Mineral Sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens use titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to reflect the sun’s rays off of the body. Zinc oxide is a particularly good mineral sunscreen because it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. My favorite mineral sunscreen products with zinc are ThinkSport SPF 50+ (non-greasy, and water resistant for 80 minutes!) and Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sport Stick for Kids (an easy-to-use sunstick that’s great for faces of all ages).

Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens use an array of chemicals like avobenzone and octocrylene. These ingredients penetrate the skin and absorb UV radiation, so they’re less likely to rub off from swimming or sweating. They can also provide a higher sun protection factor (SPF) than some of the mineral sunscreens. If you’re considering using a chemical sunscreen, try to avoid anything with oxybenzone in its ingredient list, as this chemical can be absorbed into the bloodstream and act like estrogen in the body. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream provides both UVA and UVB protection with safer chemical ingredients, and is light, fragrance-free and smooth to the touch post-application.

How To Use

With any sunscreen, regardless of SPF, make sure you reapply every two hours to ensure UV protection, especially if you’re sweating or swimming. Avoid products with SPF higher than 50, as these may tempt you to stay out in the sun longer because you won’t burn, but can expose you to other skin damage.

I hope this is helpful for your summer sunscreen search! For more information, you can visit the Environmental Working Group’s 2014 Guide to Sunscreen, or speak with the naturopaths and estheticians here at Pharmaca. Enjoy a happy and healthy summer!

 

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AFH Salon Nominated for Awards

JUNE 3, 2014 | ANNIE FISHER

AFH Salon has been invited to participate in the first annual Northwest Hairstyling awards. As a team we will present models on stage this September.

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We're very excited that two of our talented stylists have been nominated for awards. A big congratulations to Jeremy Abraham (Hairstylist of the Year) and Danaelle Bell (Newcomer). Stayed tuned for results and pictures of our work coming this fall.

 

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Lila Yoga Open House

JUNE 2, 2014 | EDITOR

Lila-FamilyLila Yoga is under new management and is holding an open house. Indira and Jason would like to introduce themselves to the Madison Valley community and talk about their classes. Stop by to have a snack and say hello.


Dates
: Saturday & Sunday
June 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th

Time: 12pm to 4pm 

http://lilayogaseattle.com

 

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Dr. Sarah’s Natural Health Tips: Navigating Allergy Season Naturally

MAY 1, 2014 | DR. SARAH OUANO, ND

This month we begin a new series on natural health from Dr. Sarah Ouano, ND, Lead Practitioner at Pharmaca Madison Park

 

Pharmaca-Girl with FlowersWith spring in full swing, Madison Park residents are enjoying gorgeous blooms and warmer weather. Unfortunately many of us have fallen victim to our allergies, too! For some, this means a constant runny or stuffy nose, sneezing fits, facial headaches, fullness in the ears or deep fatigue. Before buying a never-ending supply of over-the-counter antihistamines, you might consider a more natural approach.

A Bit of Physiology: Why a Natural Antihistamine is Important
“Allergies” is a collective term for a natural reaction that happens when a foreign substance, or “allergen,” causes the release of inflammatory molecules, including histamine. Over-the-counter antihistamines only address histamine, and the other inflammatory complexes remain unchecked. With long-term use, these can contribute to the development of allergic asthma and other allergy-related illnesses.

Quercetin: An Effective Alternative
Natural anti-inflammatory products that are plant- and vitamin-based stabilize all of the receptor sites, which prevents the release of not only histamine, but the whole scope of other inflammatory molecules. The most commonly used natural antihistamine is quercetin, which is often sourced from yellow onions. Quercetin’s absorption into the body is increased when taken with bromelain, an enzyme from pineapples, which breaks up the mucous that has already formed and prevents any further mucous development. As natural compounds originally found in foods, none of these natural substances are able to cross the blood-brain barrier, and therefore do not cause drowsiness, as many over-the-counter options do.

Avoiding Excess Allergic Triggers
A large part of successfully navigating allergy season is decreasing your exposure to allergens in the first place, and it always starts at home. Cleaning bedding at least once a week, airing out the house to prevent mold, using a high-quality air filter or purifier, and effectively dusting each week can be a huge help. 

A Few More Ideas
Some of my favorite allergy treatments are simple and inexpensive. First, I recommend using a neti pot every night to gently clean your sinuses (we brush our teeth every night, why not our noses?). Second, consuming local organic honey or homeopathic preparations of common allergens on a regular basis can help the body desensitize itself to the local array of allergens. Drinking nettles tea can also systemically decrease inflammation, so a cup a day can do wonders to keep allergies at bay.

As you can see, there are many options available when it comes to tackling your family’s allergies! Ultimately, and as with any changes to your supplement and medication routine, consult with your primary care doctor to ensure there are no interactions to adding these natural substances. The expert wellness team at Pharmaca Madison Park is always available to discuss which products might be right for you. Have a happy, healthy spring!

 

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AFH Salon: Hair, Beauty, and Fashion

MARCH 31, 2014 | ANNIE FISHER

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Annie Fisher Hair Salon

AFH Salon opened in August 2013, and we had our first photo shoot in January of this year. The pre-awards season inspired our team and we were excited to create a variety of looks. American Hustle generated a lot of buzz and we wanted to maintain that vibe. Our goal was to blend the nostalgia for the 60s and 70s with some of today’s current trends — big curls, sheath dresses, prints that work, and a sassy pixie cut is a must. It is important for AFH artists to know the trends and, more important, to be able to customizing each look to the model or client’s face and lifestyle.

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Honey Skin Spa

Kendall Jacobsen (joining the team at Honey Skin Spa in Madison Valley) spent the morning doing the makeup. The results were a mix of dramatic eyes and natural looks — which is a lot of what we ended up seeing at the Oscars. Appropriate makeup was a necessity, considering the hair was in your face (figuratively speaking) and the clothes were bold. 

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Lisa Vian Hunter

The wardrobe was provided by Lisa Vian Hunter (also located right here in Madison Valley). We loved the animal prints, big polka dots, glitter, and sequins — trends that have lasted over the decades. This spring season you will continue to see a lot of sequins/metallics and every shade of purple.

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The stylists at AFH Salon are committed to continuing their education and keeping up with current trends. We invite you in for a complimentary consultation with any one of our passionate artists, or just to see our new salon!

anniefisherhair.com
206-329-2719
Like us at AFH Salon on Facebook 

 

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Welcome AFH Salon to Madison Valley!

OCTOBER 24, 2013 | DANA ROHDE

AFH Salon is a great new addition to the neighborhood. It opened in September on the corner of MLK behind The Essential Baking Company. The salon is beautiful with great natural light and charm.

The salon provides a full range of services including His and Hers Haircuts, Color, Blowouts, Event Hair and more. Annie Fisher, the owner and head stylist, has 18 years of industry experience and she and her team of stylists are passionate about working with clients to create personal beauty. The salon is unique in its dedication to education.

Annie Fisher Client

“I opened AFH Salon to provide a safe place for hairstylists/artists to be heard and supported in their craft,” says Annie, “AFH is committed to education and providing the best products for a great value. My vision was a beautiful space that was welcoming and offered clients an experience where they can come as they are and leave looking their personal best!”

The Annie Fisher Hair Salon team is committed to becoming an integral part of the Madison Valley community. They are supporting the Bailey-Boushay house by collecting unused travel, hotel or sample beauty products.

AFH Salon is open Tuesday–Saturday from 9AM–evening. To make an appointment, call 206 329-2719 or visit their website. For more information, visit them on Facebook.

 

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Dine Out for 522

AUGUST 23, 2013 | EDITOR

A number of local restaurants have endorsed I-522, the GMO labeling initiative. Among them are Nat Stratton-Clarke of Cafe Flora and Thierry Rautureau of Luc. Cafe Flora is participating along with six other Seattle restaurants in the Dine Out for 522 event on October 3rd. Supporters can purchase a passport for $50 then enjoy a small plate at seven Seattle restaurants on that evening. Read more information about I-522; purchase tickets online. 

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Breathing Techniques for the Treatment of Asthma

MARCH 24, 2013 | EDITOR

A new system of breathing exercises has brought drug-free relief to asthma sufferers. Madison Valley’s Pippa Kiraly teaches the exercises at Lifelong Easy Breathing. The breathing modification method, called Buteyko, has been approved by the US Department of Health and Human Services. 

Buteyko corrects chronic over breathing, which results in asthma, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, panic attacks, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other conditions.

“By retraining the breathing back to a more appropriate level, the asthma symptoms go away,” Kiraly says. “When you breathe more lightly, you feel better.”

Those interested in learning more about Butekyo breathing, contact Pippa Kiraly at info@lifelongeasybreathing.com or call 206-329-6604.

http://www.lifelongeasybreathing.com/

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Annie Fisher Comes to Madison Valley

JANUARY 26, 2013 | EDITOR

High-profile hair stylist and make-up expert Annie Fisher has joined the Marie Rodriguez Salon. Annie’s work has been featured in Vogue, Town & Country, and Allure magazines. She is also a hair color educator, and has taught advanced techniques to licensed professionals.
Annie offers a welcoming environment and makes her clients feel comfortable about their goals and self image. Call her at 992-1003 or visit her website: http://anniefisherhair.com/

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