If you've emerged from a multi-week trek through Great Smokies National Park into the gateway town of Asheville, NC, I can think of two things that'll instantly take you from grizzle to sizzle: a beer and a haircut. Lucky for you, The Blue Ribbon salon just opened in Asheville, and they offer inexpensive tonsorial work and a free namesake beer for every haircut.
Owner Beth Adams wanted to create a cooler, laid-back salon with big-city styling skill but down-home drinking values. Both men and women's cuts come in at sub-$30 prices, and include (as if you needed reminding) an ice-cold Pabst Blue Ribbon. Adams also offers a 10 percent discount to customers who ride their bike to their appointment.
“You'd be surprised. Seven out of 10 people of age take a PBR when offered,” Adams said. “We're not getting people drunk in here. I want people to walk in and feel relaxed and that they can hang out. They can sit at the bar and play cards or read magazines.”
Did you hear that? Seven out of 10 people take the beer—there's hope for this country after all. Genius, thy name is Blue Ribbon in all forms.
I only have one question: Why did this take so long?
(Are you ready for a haircut and a PBR? You gotta take a hike first: Find your perfect Great Smokies hike right here).