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Put your funk on – with style – at Hair Products Galore & Gifts

May 02, 2018
Diann Kincaid, owner, and co-worker Vicki Terry put the fun back in shopping at Hair Products Galore & Gifts in Harbour Pointe.

Kicking around ideas to describe their eclectic line of designer wear and home products, entrepreneur Diann Kincaid and co-worker Vicki Terry settled on a delightful depiction: “Elegant Funk.”

The phrase aptly characterizes the Mukilteo store, Hair Products Galore & Gifts, from its name to its unusual location to its diverse product lineup.

A little background explanation is in order. Kincaid describes herself as an artist first. But she’s no stereotypical “starving artist.” She’s also a successful businesswoman.

She worked as a hairdresser for more than 30 years, owning three beauty salons. She owns a Portland-based wholesale company that distributes boutique hair products throughout the West, including Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii. She wholesales and, now, retails top-of-the-shelf hair products and accessories you won’t find at your neighborhood grocery or drugstore.

Thus Part One of the new store’s name – Hair Products Galore. The store in Harbour Pointe boasts an extensive lineup of shampoos, conditioners, hair renewal treatments, gels, sprays, hairdryers and more.

As Kincaid, Terry and Kincaid’s husband Mark Spangler began to visualize a plan for their new venture, it was a natural evolution to add such products as wigs, ponytails, clip-on bangs and extensions.

But then, Kincaid’s artist side began to kick in. During her years as a hairstylist, she had marketed some of her own creations, selling through gift shops, galleries and other avenues. She knew other hairdressers who also created one-of-a-kind accessories that they sold on the side, from bracelets to purses to scarves and more.

Thus, the other half of the store’s name – “& Gifts.” Hair Products Galore & Gifts features gifts ideas you won’t find at the mall, let alone online. Like the online giant Amazon, which has been rediscovering the advantages of storefront operations, Kincaid believes shoppers still want an opportunity to look at, touch, feel and try on products in person.

“I’d like to bring back brick and mortar sales,” she says. “With online shopping, you don’t get to touch it, smell it, try it on. Plus, you don’t get to hear the stories behind the product.

“People like to hear the story behind the art.”

That’s part of the fun here. Kincaid and Terry focus almost exclusively on finding work by local artists.

Terry, herself a former hairstylist, has a particularly good eye, Kincaid says.

“Vicki is an excellent buyer,” she says. “We don’t buy junk, but it’s beautiful accessories that are priced great. At Nordstrom’s, you’re gonna pay double.”

A sampling:

• There are purses and bags by Chloe & Lex, a Port Townsend artist who repurposes military surplus materials like duffle bags and tents.

• There’s a philanthropic company called Blue Planet Eyewear that sells sun glasses and readers and donates a pair of glasses for every pair sold.

• Try on some beautiful Phaedora J fine jewelry with semi-precious stones or jewelry by Kelli Collins, an artist in Everett who turns classic silverware into bracelets, necklaces, and her latest aluminum jewelry.

Whether you’re looking for a thoughtful birthday gift, host favors for dinner parties, ideas for Mother’s Day or other occasions, you’ll likely find something at Hair Products Galore & Gifts.

Remember soap on a rope? Kincaid delighted in recalling when her grandparents gave her one decades ago, so she just had to have some for her store. How about Urban Concrete soy-based candles – they don’t blacken your walls. Kincaid even has cool candlewick clippers (and snuffers) that extend candle life.

Perfume, petroleum-free lipstick, glass-blown garden art by local artist Merilee Moore, Dirty Birdie Bubble Bath, fedoras and other stylish hats, scarves … the choices are plentiful, and fun.  “We have something for everyone,” Kincaid says.

“We look for things to make people laugh or cheer up,” Terry adds.

“We offer accessories that are fun, unusual, not mainstream, and constantly changing,” Kincaid says, “because fashion is constantly changing.”

The eclectic atmosphere even extends to Hair Products Galore & Gifts’ location. Not in a major mall or strip mall or even a commercial center, instead it’s tucked away in an industrial area at 3616 South Road, Building B-5, just a couple of doors down from the old Games arcade (old-timers will remember).

On pleasant days, the garage door serves as the main entrance. Funky, right? But, one step inside, and you’re surrounded by unique and stylish accessories for all tastes.  There it is – “Elegant Funk.”

“It’s fun for us to buy these things and then watch people discover them,” Kincaid says.

Discover them for yourself. Store hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. The store is at 3616 South Road, Building B5, Mukilteo 98275. For more information about Hair Products Galore & Gifts, call 425-356-2727.

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