Best hair salon
Winner: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006.
- 189 Battery Street, Burlington, VT, 05401
Burlington salon Indigo has been in business on Battery Street since 1998, but owner Stephen Bevilacqua has been involved in the hair industry since 1975. A lot has changed since Sonny and Cher were on television, Bevilacqua notes. And not just styles, but the workforce, too. Thirty years ago, many young adults considered hairdressing a last-ditch job, he says; now, “we’ve got better employees coming in with college degrees.” Bevilacqua, who employs 32, places a premium on ongoing education for his team — there’s a lot to keep up with in this “growth” industry.
SEVEN DAYS: What is the worst thing people do that damages their hair?
STEPHEN BEVILACQUA: Trying to do their own hair [color] at home. The chemicals really dry it out.
SD: Why does society have such a thing against women with gray hair?
SB: Oh, we get that all the time! I don’t know, really. I guess everyone is looking for youth. Personally, I love a head of white hair.
2012 Runner-up: Stephen & Burns Salon, Spa and Boutique