The door to the Angelo Hair Salon no longer opens. While the older Angelo has retired to Redmond after 25 years of cutting hair at the spot, the younger Angelo has moved on to Sweet Lily’s Salon near the Sloop Tavern.
Last Angelo standing
The sign on Angelo’s Hair Salon at Tallman Ave is down and in the window is a piece of paper that says “Chinso pisolino” -- Italian for “gone for little nap.”
The two Angelos are no longer working as the two Angelos. The older Angelo, or “the good Angelo,” is retiring at the age of 70, after 25 years of running the iconic neighborhood salon. He bought a house with his wife in Redmond to be closer to the grandkids, Lars and Allegra.
The younger Angelo, Angelo Sacco (or as he says, “the baaaad Angelo”) -- who had been at the salon for 10 years -- has already landed on his feet with a job at the Sweet Lily Salon (3000 NW Market St). Sacco said he’s happy to be working with Sweet Lily’s owner, Erin, because they both have the same vision of having an outdoor patio, an organic garden and a zen feeling. Sacco said he will be seeing a lot of the older Angelo’s clients.
“She has a beautiful vision for that space,” Sacco said.
Moreover, being down by the Locks, it offers Sacco some reprieve from the development taking over downtown Ballard. Fitting, seeing as how the older Angelo sold the Angelo Hair Salon -- an old building dating back to 1901 -- to be demolished and built over with two new seven-story towers with 17 live-work units and 286 residential units called the Ballard Tallman Apartments. The same development that displaced so many businesses in the Old Tallman Medical building.
Sacco recalled some of the good times he had with the hair salon. Such as when -- long before he started working there -- he and his friends would call up the older Angelo and boldly pronounce, “There can only be one Angelo!” (Sacco said that the older Angelo was actually on vacation in Hawaii one time and still answered the phone.)
He also recalled how nice it was to work with the older Angelo. “It’s always been an easy relationship … no forms, very old style, I liked it that way,” Sacco said. Working together every day, and even with each of their various quirks, the two had a smooth partnership.
Those living around the neighborhood have probably noticed, and might miss, the older Angelo’s routine. Every morning he would walk about a half-hour from his house in Sunset Hill down to the salon. He would take a few clients and read the Italian paper on his iPad. In the afternoon, he would spend a couple of hours at Anchor Coffee on Ballard Ave with a group of his friends. And then, after taking a few more clients, he would walk back to his home at 4 or 5.
For his part -- and perhaps carrying on the older Angelo’s legacy -- Sacco said he has started his own half-hour-ish walking routine, from 8th to 30th.
“You kind of catch up with people when you’re out walking around, stopping in shops,” he said, adding that he saw and talked to various people in the community that he might not have otherwise.
Back in the salon’s old area, people are already missing the Angelos, though. Sacco said the workers at the Sip and Ship Coffee have already texted him asking where he was at, saying work wasn’t as entertaining without him stopping in.
No doubt about it, Sacco has a lot of memories being a part of the Angelo duo. Though he will miss the times he had at the salon, he said he is optimistic about his future.
But, there was one thing, he said.
“You know what I’m gonna miss most of all?” Sacco said half-jokingly but with a glimmer of seriousness, looking at his black 1963 Volvo 1800, the same one used by Roger Moore in the 1960s spy thriller television series, The Saint. “That I’m gonna be able to park my car out here.”
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