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INSIDE: 44 > Introduce your kids to a world beyond the frozen food aisle 47 > Meet the people who will offer you the greatest comfort in 2009
58 > The reopening of the Black Bass warrants the full attention of an entire community 62 > Dine like a savvy globetrotter without leaving home
64 > An eye-opening — if not wired — tour of the region’s most innovative coffee brewers 66 > This is what heaven looks like to the wine lover
Robin Warriner failed gym in elementary school. An F on her
fi fth-grade transcript was an even exchange for salvaging a
day’s hairdo. It would be a waste to sabotage style with physi-
cal fi tness, she reasoned, even at such an early age.
Warriner, who grew up in Warrington and today co-owns Lak-
shmi Hair Studio in Old City, spent her childhood using local
cornfi elds as backdrops for faux fashion shoots with friends.
“We would take photos of ourselves and pose in leather jack-
ets,” Warriner says, laughing at the thought. “We tried to be
rock stars, but we were hicks from Bucks County.”
Dropping out of high school to attend beauty school, Warri-
ner stopped cutting class and started cutting hair. From there,
she scored a few part-time gigs at local salons. But her eye,
as it always had been, was on a much loftier prize: fashion.
Over the last 20 years, Warriner has styled couture adver-
tisements and editorial spreads that have appeared in
regional and national magazines.
After celebrating her 40th birthday by hiking Ma-
chu Picchu, fl inging her Rapunzel-like locks down the
mountains of Peru, Warriner, now 43, asked herself,
“Where am I going?”
India was the immediate answer. Lakshmi Hair
Studio, born after a month of backpacking there,
was, however, the ultimate destination. Named af-
ter the Indian goddess of beauty and abundance,
the salon very clearly emits a deeper sense of
rejuvenation than is typical among its peers.
“I’ve never heard the word vibe so much
in my life,” Warriner says of the