diane marsh

Wasilla, AK

#1 Oct 24, 2008
I was provided with a gift certificate to plain dame in Petersburg some months ago. The atmosphere is ok, but the ladies that run the shop appear to be lesbians as they constantly hang-out and talk negatively about former men in their lives. They hug and get close way too much for me. The massage lady named Val is definitely strange and smelled like pot or some type of drug odor. It was a strong smell. The other european lady was very rude and acts like she is stuck-up as when i asked questions she acted like i was stupid or something. I was to have a facial too and the european lady, i think her name was Helenna, constantly canceled on me and delayed my services. She was dressed up like a teenager and appeared to be pushing 50!!!! It was NOT a good experience and I would not recommend wasting your money in this shop. These ladies are very stuck on themselves and when I inquired about them to other residents, they too felt they were a sham of an outfit with low quality services.....Again...don't waste your money on these people! Many community members say they are two-faced and I believe it from what I experienced in their chairs/beds. Run, don't walk away from them. Plain dame is horrible, it is worth going to Anchorage or Juneau for proper treatment.
meghan hill

Wasilla, AK

#2 Oct 25, 2008
I too experienced this same atmosphere at plain Dame, very non-professional and gabby ladies. I would not step foot in that place again. iT WAS A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE for the $ spent...i go to anchorage where there's much better bang for the buck. My friends too....
Christine Paver

Eagle River, AK

#3 Nov 19, 2008
Well, frankly, I have had good and bad experiences at this salon in Petersburg, but kind of what I expect from a small community with not many resources. We stay in the local harbor nearly every year - summers- with our vessel and I use the local services while my husband fishes. The waxing and hair removal was quite painful and I had to take some pain-reliever to take the edge off. I could not sleep that evening. The euro-gal tells you to relax, but it hurts!!! Her perfume was strong. I too was canceled a few times before I could get them to provide services to me. The large masseuse woman from Russia? was a bit strange and not very talkative or friendly, slightly different for that profession. Your money is better spent in a Seattle salon with professional standards. I'd rate my experience a 4 out of 10.
Holly Smith

Zanzibar, Tanzania, United Republic of

#4 Nov 1, 2009
Welll i think your all full of shit I continuously go to plain dame and they take care of me very well, when i feel down and blue Helena does a wonderful job of making my toes beautiful and giving me more confidence for the rest of the cold wintery year. Val is also one of the best massage therapists I have ever been too in my life, she's honest and forward and she knows how to make a damn good joke, as for you sour pusses go ahead and take your business some where else because that leaves more time open for me to have magnificent service!
Summer Over

United States

#5 Dec 20, 2009
My what tenacious and I'll-thought responses to this blog. I had some waxing done by this little shop in Petersville and they did ok. I was told by a few local town folk that the owners were gender biased (lesbians), but I still had a good experience and they seem friendly. Where my husband and I come from has numerous transgender owners and they are just fine. Are they a big city business, hell no, but what do you expect from a rainy little town in the rainforest of Alaska. Anything at all is better than nothing. The constant rain there makes it a tough place to do anything, but fish! I really don't know how a shop like that can make it in the middle of nowhere USA!
Helena Visser-Owner

Petersburg, AK

#6 Dec 20, 2009
Thank you for your honesty, the previous comments have been laughable to say the least. For clarification (however not necessary), Val is married (yes to a man) and I am in a healthy heterosexual relationship. We try our best to offer the best services available. We understand that we cannot please everyone but one is always allowed to seek there services at other establishments, hence, it is a free country. But if you find yourself passing through Petersburg again in the future; I would love to extend your next service at a discount of 50%. I appreciate constructive criticism, and I appreciate your business.
Jokes on her

Durham, NC

#7 Nov 18, 2010
We are so VERY happy this salon owner is no longer on our island, please don't return! A real train wreck.

Metlakatla, AK

#8 Mar 23, 2011
I have to diagree w some of the reviews, My daughter got married last October in Petersburg and we all had a great experiance. the nail tech was very freindly, and the hairstykist was wonderful. She joined us at the church to make sure everyone was looking their best,
GREAT job ladis thank you.
Seeking good treatment

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Feb 7, 2012
Wow, the owner has to defend their actions & provide discounts....Major red flag!

Ramona, CA

#10 Feb 10, 2012
Seeking good treatment wrote:
Wow, the owner has to defend their actions & provide discounts....Major red flag!
Only for that particular client, I do not see that as a red flag at all, but this wonderful salon has changed ownership due to an out of State move and it continuous to be successful.

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