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Sweets & to tip or not to tip??

Ask the Yenta
“Hi Yenta, If you go to a small hair salon and the owner does your hair, do you give her a tip? I went to a new salon and had my hair blown dry by the owner. I paid the fee, but didn’t know what to do about a tip. What do you think?

This is a good question – one that I know many people have asked.  If you read Dear Abby or etiquette books – they’ll advise not have to tip the owner.  But that’s probably an old way of thinking. I have a couple of suggestions/ideas for you: First, remember this still a small business and almost everybody these days is struggling and needs to make money.   Now forget it if you’re going to an uber snazzy salon and paying $300-$400 for a haircut from Sally Hershberger or Chris McMillan (a big shout out to Chris who has been on the road with Hugh Jackman doing press…not only does Hugh look stunning but Chris gave my friend [Hugh’s Asst] the most amazing haircut, ever!!).  High-end stylist/owners can charge their clients big bucks, so definitely do not worry about tipping them.  What it comes down to is this: you really have do to what’s comfortable.  Most likely, since you’re asking the question, it’s feeling a little awkward. Why don’t you try offering a tip and see what the reaction will be…They might happily accept or politely decline. Yenta Out!

“Dear Yenta, I live and work in OC and next week I need to bring some fun, sweet treats to a business meeting in West LA. Any suggestions? Thanks!?”
Compartes Chocolatier
912 S. Barrington Ave.,
Truffles, “Love Nuts” (seriously, they’re awesome!), chocolate dipped apricots or chocolate dipped marshmallows!!
Just to make your mouth water – here is the description of the Love Nuts: we hand roast nuts with real tahitian vanilla beans while quickly caramelizing them in our old fashioned copper candy kettle. Sprinkle them in the finest quality sea salt and then hand enrob them in layer upon layer of delicious Venezuelan chocolate. To finish them off, we cover them in French cocoa powder. All available in beautiful sheer organza gift bags.

Susie Cakes
11708 San Vicente Blvd.
All handmade from the owner Susie’s grandmother’s recipes.  CUPCAKES!! But they also have awesome cookies – Whoopie Pies, Frosted Molasses Snap Cookies, and Frosted Animal Cookies – yum!!!

Buttercake Bakery
10595 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90064
Simple homemade style cakes, cupcakes and cookies!


“Dear Yenta – My boss wants me to get some gifts for women she’s been working on a project with – my budget for each gift is $200.  Any ideas?”

I like this! Tiffany round button necklace which you can order with any initial for $150. Order by phone 800-8433269 for questions or assistance. Or visit a store located in Beverly Hills, Century City, Pasadena, Glendale and Canoga Park. Modern, simple, elegant.

This Kate Spade Wallet is also fantastic – $245 – every woman would love this! It looks even better in person.  There are Kate Spade stores in Century City, Topanga Plaza and The Americana.  Here is a coupon for 20% offwhich brings you on budget.

I also love those flip video cameras – this one is white and pink – really cute! $149.99 at Best Buy…and capturing special moments in motion is priceless.

Additions to The Y List


Outdoor Activities
Trapeze School New York – All your dreams of flying can come true.  They have classes or book a party… Have a “big” birthday coming up?!?  What a fab idea for you and your friends!!  They’re located at the Santa Monica Pier.
Sunset Ranch Hollywood – Take an evening horseback ride lit by the moon! Sign up for one with a BBQ after your ride – or try the ride down to a Mexican Restaurant in Burbank..load up on several Cadillac Margaritas then ride back to the horse stables at Griffith Park.
Expand Your LA – Guided hikes in LA that specialize in seeing waterfalls! The hikes can be from one hour to four hours or more.  They cater from novice to experienced hikers – you can select a waterfall hike that’s right just your speed!