You know when you feel like you’ve had a long week and realize it is only Tuesday? If that was your thought earlier this week, your day to relax has come. It’s the long Labor Day weekend, so hey, treat yourself! Get your hair done, devour a fancy meal and eat all three scoops of ice cream in a banana split. You can bring a friend along if you want to, but just because it’s called a banana split that doesn’t mean you actually have to split it. I spent a little quality me time and did just that.
Stop #1: Salon One 12
If you haven’t been to the blow dry bar at Salon One 12, you do not understand what you are missing. When I got my hair done by stylist Gabrielle Morgan, I wished we had met sooner. Her six years of blow dry experience was put to the test when she turned my frizzy hair into a silky mane of beauty. The newly added blow dry bar is perfect for those who don’t need a cut, but still want that fresh from the salon look. The service begins with a shampoo and condition-- if you catch them on a slow day you might get a relaxing scalp massage--before making your way to the hot seat. The standard blow-out leaves your hair silky and luxurious or you can add a little curl with a hot iron. After feeling gorgeous leaving the salon, I definitely have my eye on their blow-out membership which offers 8 blow outs for the price of 7. Be sure to join them at their 10 year anniversary party coming this October!
Stop #2: Lavish Leather and The Stitch Shoppe
With beautiful hair on my head, I made my way to The Stitch Shoppe and Lavish Leathers. Tucked in the shopping complex off FM 967, you don’t have to go far to find cute boutiques right here in Buda. They have so many cute dresses, shoes and leather accessories to choose from. Their beautiful smelling luxury soaps and candles are perfect to continue the “me celebration” with a soothing hot bath. The option to monogram some in store items makes this place the go to spot for personalized accessories and clothing.
Stop #3: Brooklyn’s Down South
When I think of an indulgent dinner, I usually think of salmon. To make it even more delectable, I’ll take it stuffed and from one of my favorite restaurants in town, Brooklyn's Down South. The stuffed salmon dinner course at Brooklyn’s is filled with delicious flavors. The creaminess of the stuffing complements the salmon deliciously as the crispy edges hold the flavor perfectly. After speaking with the chef, I found out that the unexpected (but very welcomed) hint of spice is due to their signature blackened seasoning left on the pans. As recommended by the waitress, a mexican martini with its splash of pickle juice and lime made for a perfect pairing with my salmon. And I cannot forget to mention that it comes in a shaker which filled my glass another 3 and a half times. For 10 bucks, I can’t complain.
Stop #4: Buda Soda Fountain
Lastly, I treated myself with a traditional sweet treat: a three scoop banana split from Buda Soda Fountain. You may think a banana split would be good from anywhere, but the old fashioned soda fountain atmosphere is what makes this banana split more delicious than the rest. Sit at the soda bar and devour a boat full of your three favorite Blue Bell ice creams, chat with the friendly staff and patrons, and leave home with a treat from candy apothecary. Be sure to grab a one of a kind Buda t-shirt while you’re there!