JUST A BLOW-DRY, PLEASE ... This is not just a lot of hot air, but the latest hair sensation is coming to Palo Alto, says Los Altos resident Rosemary Camposano, who is poised to open Halo, A Blow-Dry Bar. "For the last 10 years, I've been living in South and Central America and nobody there would ever think of drying their own hair. Blow-dry bars are everywhere, sometimes three in one block. It's a cultural thing," Camposano said. So is Palo Alto ready for this cultural phenomenon? "Absolutely. Blow-dry bars are loud and they're fun. ... No appointments — you just walk in and there's a cacophony of blow dryers and talking women and it's a very social 30 minutes. It's like a shot of adrenaline," she said. This particular shot is scheduled to open Sept. 17 in Town & Country Village. The location is next to Books Inc., in the former site of Panache Petals. Halo will have a menu of five hair styles from which to choose, including the Runway (big flouncy hair) and the City Slicker (sleek and straight). Cost for the half-hour blow-dry, which includes a shampoo and scalp massage, is $25-$30. Although the blow-dry bar is for all ages, Camposano is hoping to attract high school and college students by offering a little something called hair tinsels. "We can flat-iron colored tinsels on to a few strands of your hair and we can do them in your school colors," she said.
GOODBYE TO SATURA ... Green-tea cream puffs, chestnut Mont Blanc, strawberry shortcake: all of them gone. Satura Cakes closed its doors at 320 University Ave. in Palo Alto on July 31 after two years. The pastry shop with its pricey, high-quality confections also closed its Campbell store last weekend. Still remaining is its flagship store at 200 Main St. in Los Altos, which has undergone a change of ownership.
A LITTLE LESS GOODWILL ... The Los Altos Goodwill store, called a boutique because it generally carried higher-end items than the Palo Alto Goodwill, is closing its thrifty doors at 251 Main St. "It looks like we'll be gone sometime in early October," said Rose Montevaldo, who has managed the shop for almost all of its seven years in downtown Los Altos. "There were a few problems. We could never take donations because we don't have a backroom and we've outgrown this store," she said. But Montevaldo offers advice to her customers: "We will definitely reopen. We're looking for a new location."
CLOSED: NEW SAFFRON ... The 2-year-old New Saffron restaurant, which featured the popular $9.99 Indian buffet lunch, has closed. Located across the street from Lozano's Car Wash and sharing a parking lot with Holiday Inn Express at 2700 El Camino Real on the Palo Alto/Mountain View border, the restaurant went dark last month. There has been talk that it will reopen under a new name and new owner. Industry insiders noted that this particular site changes its name every few years, but it always remains an Indian restaurant. The former name was Southern Spice; the name before that was Dastoor; and, about four years ago, it was called Swagat.