Craig Smith

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

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In just two years, Whirlwind Blow Dry Bar has become a go-to place for people interested in getting their hair and makeup done before a night out.

Napan Ruth Matz, a Whirlwind regular, considers the Blow Dry Bar to be, "A pick-me-up stop. Whirlwind makes me look and feel beautiful. A stop there is like visiting with girlfriends."

Owner Stacie Harrold knew that a blow dry salon would be well received in this community. She consulted with Chris Bell from Mod Pod Salon to create the salon's style, which is reminiscent of the 50s and 60s.

“There was something glamorous about that era when a weekly treat to have your hair set and styled made everything better. There’s nothing that a glass of wine and a blow dryer can’t fix,” said Harrold.

The mission of Whirlwind Blow Dry Lounge is to bring back the glamour days when ladies would relax at the salon and get their hair and makeup done before a special night on the town or just to have the luxury of having a blow out once or twice a week.

Whirlwind has a retro vibe combined with the latest products and a team of amazing creative stylists. Harrold and the staff are committed to providing a red carpet experience without the red carpet prices. The lounge is urban, modern, and a fun place to be.

“This is where the party starts,” said Harrold.

“Women come here before a dinner engagement, wedding, girls’ night out, or just because,” she said. “Whether it’s for an event at the Napa Valley Museum or Napa Valley Film Festival, Whirlwind is the place to begin.”

The private back room caters to parties, allowing groups to enjoy a more intimate setting while they are enjoying a blow out and makeup.

One thing that surprised Harrold is the interest in Little Miss parties.

“We get girls in here from 4 to 14 years old who want to experience what it’s like to have their hair and makeup done. For them, the back room is a very Kardashian-esque experience,” said Harrold.

After getting fixed up, many Little Miss groups have dinner downtown. “And it’s not just women and girls,” said Harrold. “We do Bro-Outs as well. Beard blow dries are big.”

Harrold is quick to credit the staff with credit for Whirlwind’s popularity. Stephanie Guevara is the assistant manager and a stylist. Erica, Raquel, Kaitlin, Thomas, Lauren, Crystal, and Rachel specialize in blow outs, updos, and makeup/airbrush.

Whirlwind is at the Opera House Plaza on the Napa Creek at 1000 Main St., directly behind Yo Belle Yogurt and across the street from Bounty Hunter.

Reservations are accepted at 707-690-2028, whirlwindblowdry.com, or you can drop in.

Open daily, with 3 to 6 p.m. Happy Hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Locals can take advantage of the three-pack special, with discounts for groups of three or more.

See you downtown!

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or craig@donapa.com.

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