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Salty Roots Salon and Boutique offers the best of both worlds while the Japanese Sword Show is a collector’s dream

By Maggie Duffy
Published: March 1, 2018
Located in the Grand Central District in St. Petersburg, Salty Roots Salon and Boutique opened their doors in 2016 and is a one stop shop for looking and feeling your best.[JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

One-Stop Shop: Salty Roots Salon and Boutique
A fairly recent addition to St. Pete's Grand Central District is also a very welcome one. Salty Roots Salon and Boutique is the brainchild of best friends Sarah Mayer and Leah LeSure, who decided to combine LeSure's expertise as a hairstylist with Mayer's experience of owning a clothing boutique. They secured the space at 2646 Central Ave. that was formerly Doc's Place of Antiques and transformed it into a boho-chic oasis where you can get pampered and do some shopping. Touches of macrame and rattan on the boutique side complement the items found there: caftans that can be worn over shorts or bathing suits, simple jewelry from local makers and a sweet collection of swimwear.

On the salon side, get all the expected services, including extensions, bold colors and glittery strands of tinsel subtly placed in your hair. Unlike at some salons, a stylist works on Sundays and Mondays. You can also get a facial from aesthetician Erin Holliday's Thee Skin Studio within the salon. I recently had my first facial ever from Holliday, and she made me a believer in adding them to your personal care routine. She uses a line of all-natural and organic products, and facials range from $45 to $105.
Read more about my facial in Saturday's Personal Best.

Salty Roots Salon and Boutique carries jewelry from local makers. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
Salty Roots Salon and Boutique carries jewelry from local makers.
Sharp Showcase: Japanese Sword Show and Auction
If you’re into Japanese swords, Samurai artifacts and Japanese art, get over to the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel Friday through Sunday for the Southeast Japanese Sword Show and Auction. Collectors can find armor, archery items, woodblock prints, kimonos and antiques. Also look for European and Middle Eastern swords, along with Chinese and Asian art and artifacts. “The Art and Arms of the Samurai” is a special free exhibit for the public. Bring your swords and other items for evaluation by experts, and expect to entertain offers from dealers. A live auction is Friday evening. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $20, $30 family, $10 students and children 18 and younger are free with an adult. 4200 George J. Bean Outbound Parkway.

[Photo courtesy of Natalya Green, press contact for Southeast Shows and Auctions]