For Mom: Primp Salon & Bar

When I think of stuff “for mom” for our little blog, I think mostly about food–preparing it, shopping for it, how to make it easier. But sometimes it is nice to be pampered. And I have to say that Primp Salon & Bar in downtown Raleigh makes it fun.

Oh yes, you read that right: Salon and Bar. All in one. I went with the “Toes and Tinis” package here. It was a blast. We walked in, and were immediately told to walk up to the bar to put in our drink order. They have a full service bar, with a fabulous selection of specialty martinis (my favorite titles were “The Break-Up: F him you don’t need him” that was followed immediately by “The Make-Up: Take him back, dating is rough”). This is a place with a sense of humor as well as style.

After our drink orders were in, we went to our service area, our martinis were delivered, our pedicures started, and some fabulous entertainment magazines and entertainment television got us gossiping. Some staff came over to ask if they could get us more drinks, and even brought warm cashews for us to munch on. It was great. Special shout-out to our nail technician, Carlos, who was hysterically fun.

This is a full service salon as well. So you can get your hair done, get a waxing (which in reality should always be done with a shot or two), get your nails done, and even more.

This place is not cheap. It is an upscale salon, with a posh atmosphere and great service. It isn’t as expensive as an Umstead Salon, but you will pay more than at Lee Nails. Martinis are in the $8 range. But I say that if you want the ultimate ladies’ night out, go get Primped.

Primp Salon & Bar
401 N. West St.

Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27603
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3 comments for “For Mom: Primp Salon & Bar

  1. A-C
    November 9, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Looks fun! Just wanted to let you know I recently found your blog (3 kids ages 4, 2, and 10 mo) and have really been enjoying it. In fact, we did a family “road trip” to Shangri La north of Hillsboro after reading about this unique place in your blog, and it was quite interesting! The kids loved it, of course. Keep up the great work and the funny writing!

  2. November 9, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Thank you very much for the support! I am so glad that you are finding it useful. And glad that you found one of our more interesting & off the beaten path places a good visit. Shangri-La is certainly unique, but my son enjoyed it. We are always looking for recommendations, of course, so if you know anywhere we should visit, shoot me an email!

  3. Anonymous
    July 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I absolutely love what you have written! I am the Manager at Primp Salonbar and am so thrilled that you had such a wonderful time! And YES Carlos is amazing. I would love to invite you back for a complimentary service on us! You can email me at: or just call the salon at 919.821.9885 and ask for Sharli!
    Thank you for sharing your experience!

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