Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, located at 110 W. Main Street, already stands out compared to other hair salons in Carmel. The tattooed stylists are more “punk rock” than “pageant queen” in their appearance. One of the owners is a musician/manager who has worked with bands such as Korn, Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine and Sublime.
But now Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is looking for another way to stand out in its field. The salon has applied for a beer/wine license and will begin serving those alcoholic beverages free of charge to guests.
“it just makes our customers feel special and makes the entire visit an experience,” said co-owner and stylist Tanya Foster.
Foster said if you travel to Los Angeles, it’s common to have a glass of champagne while shopping or getting your hair cut or styled. In California, a license isn’t required but in Indiana a business can’t serve alcohol without a license, even if they give away the product.
Like many other salons, Foster said her business was giving wine to customers not knowing that it wasn’t allowed. The staff never got in trouble, but she wanted to be “by the book” so the business applied for the license, which is expected to go into effect March 8. Foster said they will never charge for drinks but they do monitor consumption.
It’s all about of making the customers feel comfortable, Foster said. She said her staff knows how to cut and style hair, but first and foremost they know how to take care of people.
“We’re a group of misfits, tattooed, totally out there people that learned to incredibly professional and treat people well so anybody whether it’s a hair dresser or a client when they walk through this door they feel like they fit in here,” she said.
Nine years ago, Foster, 48, founded the first location of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in Fishers along with musician Mike “Cheez” Brown and business guru Megan Crahan. Another location opened at 96th Street and Meridian Street but when that lease was up they decided to move up to Carmel about a year ago this May. In April 2015, a location in Fullerton, Calif. was opened with a business partnership with Ajay Popoff, lead singer of the band Lit. Another location is likely for Westfield in the next year.
“It’s overflow,” Foster said. “We are starting to outgrow each location. Although we will probably open a location in Fountain Square.”