I'm new in town from NYC and was looking for a cool, urban salon near the Old City area. A couple people I've met recommended what they thought to be reliable choices, and after checking out a few I decided to go with Salon Thalia, right off of Washington Square. The space is modern and sleek, and the staff was very professional and accommodating. Now I'm the kind of person who doesn't like the 'fanfare' associated with going into a new salon and meeting a new hairdresser (I find that it can be like going on an interview), but everyone from the front desk to the assistants to the stylist that cut my hair made me feel completely at ease. Travis is a new stylist from Scottsdale and seems to really know what he's doing; my color was spot-on and I feel like my cut made me look ten years younger. I also met one of the owners (whose name was Michael, I think) and he took time out to introduce himself and make me feel further at home (a point I've always liked when going to my old West Village NYC spot). Bottom line - I never thought I'd find a new salon so fast that made me feel the way my old salon and stylist did, but from now on I'll be asking for Travis at Thalia. Keep up the good work.
Pros: Urban feel, great stylists, awesome space
Cons: Parking - but isn't that ubiquitous for Center City?