Lissa Renn, The Hive co-owner, answered the phone. I blurted, “I live a 10-minute walk from you and I need a haircut now.” She said, “If you can get here right away, I can take you. My next appointment is at 7:15.” It was 6:48. (This is my standard procedure whenever I get a haircut.)
The Hive recently opened on Micheltorena St., steps off Sunset in Silver Lake. The space’s previous incarnation was also as a hair place that I had gone to for quick cuts due to its proximity to where I live. But when it transformed into The Hive, it looked noticeably different– more open, warm and inviting with better lighting. (Stuff like that is important to me.) The last place had lime green walls; the Hive’s are a soothing cream white.
The same layout has been kept; the only real changes, aside from the welcome repainting, are from taking away — walls removed and exposing a beamed ceiling– and adding different lighting. The music playing was mostly 1970s glitter rock. “Pandora,” said Lissa. “We got tired of our iPods after the first week. This is our T. Rex station.”
Lissa is a charming spitfire (think Reese Witherspoon with scissors and a sexier wardrobe) who’s rat-a-tat-tat conversational style keeps things moving along as she plies her trade. She and her brother, Charles, opened The Hive. After working for years at Rudy’s on Melrose, she was considering opening her own salon on the west side, but when the Silver Lake space became available she jumped, being a resident of the area. Now she can walk to work.
The evening I was there (my total in-shop time was 20 minutes,) I got her story, told her mine, found out her brother was at a Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting across the street in Micheltorena Elementary School, talked to her about the art on the walls, admired the accessories she was selling (James Piatt’s Peacekeeper leather hand bags with “brass” knuckles handles made from polyurethane) and, in response, I gave her info about hurtcouture (on Etsy) which makes belts with buckles that are also concealed knives. As her 7:15 appointment walked in, we mused about a woman’s desire to protect herself these days.
The Hive is looking for other area artisans’ and designers’ products to sell as a way of forging community ties. Bottom line, I got a great haircut at this new addition to the social matrix in Silver Lake. Affordable price too, cuts start at $20.
The Hive, 1402 Micheltorena St. @ Sunset Blvd. LA 90026; phone 323-665-1028