Rachel's Tattoo and Beauty Salon, which opened on Fifth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets in January of 2011, closed down for good recently. The space is currently up for rent.
The parlor was certainly cool looking, a with a relaxed vibe, inexpensive haircuts, and a DJ frequently on duty, but the Yelp reviews pretty much tell the story. It gained a reputation for indifferent employees, botched haircuts, a desire to get the customer in and out as quickly as possible, and shoddy tattoo jobs. The shop never seemed to attract regular customers, and every time I walked by it was nearly empty. The windows got more and more cluttered with lettering over time as well, a sure sign that business was lacking.
I was intrigued by this place and its quirkiness when it first opened, and always liked its handmade sign. Shame that it seemed to fail in execution.