Cafe D Azure
Casual eatery a convenient addition to The French Door Salon & SpaBy Andrea Brunty
The Decatur Daily
October 20, 2009
Pam Tennant and Kim Flory no longer flinch when women dressed in a hairdresser cape and sporting foiled hair sit down at a table.
As co-managers of Cafe D Azure, a casual eatery inside The French Door Salon & Day Spa, they're used to it.
"Clients can order a drink while they're getting a perm or coloring or get a plate and eat that while they're procssing," Tennant said. "We'll get them coming back later when they're not getting their hair done."
The cozy cafe offers a quiet refuge, a short distance from a hot tub oasis, pedicure spas and massage tables.
"It's the only place you can come and spend the whole day and be pampered," Flory said.
"We've had bridal parties stay in their robes all day," Tennant added.
Local salons have combined with women's clothing boutiques recently at shops like Tallulah's and Chel'dens, but an eatery and a salon is a relatively innovative idea.
Though owner Pam French spends most of her time working at the salon and spa, she usually relaxes in one during her off time.
"I love to go in spas and things when I'm on vacation," she said. "I always thought, 'It'd really be nice to get your lunch or something (while you get pampered.' "
Cafe D Azure evolved from that idea, and French decided to incorporate the cafe when she built the current buidling for the salon on Kooken Avenue Southwest two years ago.
"We always liked to offer a little something in-house for bridal parties. We would order lunch for them," she said. "I thought, 'If I'm going to build a building, why don't I add a cafe?' It worked out really well...Now we're able to offer them food all the time."
The cafe is also convenient for the salon staff.
"Instead of the girls spending their hour fighting the lunch crowd in line, they can eat something at the cafe," French said.
An enclosed patio in the bakc of the building offers a spot for private parties and group meetings. The restaurant also delivers large take-out orders to local businesses.
Dinner for Change
You can order food for a cause during French's second annual Dinner for Change, a breast cancer benefit, Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.
"We're trying to reach out to the community and do our part," French said. "When it's so prevalent and touches so many families, (the dinner is) just a way for us to give back. People can have a meal for their money and know their money is going to a good cause."
French knows how devastating the disease can be for families. Her mother, Inez Reid, died in May after an extensive battle with cancer.
"Last year she attended as a survivor; this year it's in her memory," she said about her mother, who worked at the salon. French's daughter, Vanessa French Macklin, also works there.
"She was an awesome lady," Flory said. "She was easy to talk to, and she was beautiful in and out. When was going through her battle, she as a trooper."
French also wants to honor cancer survivors in the area.
The dinner includes ham, French green beans wrapped with bacon, strawberry pretzel salad, pasta salad, conconut cake and a cream cheese brownie.
The benefit will also feature giveaways and entertainment by singer/guitarist Justin Miller.
The suggested donation is $25. The deadline to order is today. Proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Last year, the salon raised about $1,000.
The salon is also offering pink extensions for $5 to raise money for breast cancer research. Regular services include massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, hair and body treatments.
What are the most popular menu items?
The Trio Scoop Plate ($6.75) with chicken salad, pasta salad and grape salad is a favorite choice. Other options include pimiento cheese, fruit salad or tuna salad.
Coca-Cola Cake and Coconut Cake are popular desserts, while the Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup is a seasonal sensation.
The recipes are a collaboration of adapted Internet finds, family favorites and cookbook choices, Tennant said.
"I've thrown suggestions at them, and they kind of experiment and come up with good ideas," French said.
Lunch also includes sandwiches, paninis and wraps for $5.45. Thursday specials rotate to include dishes like chicken poulet, Mexican casserole and chicken pot pie.
Breakfast includes bagels, muffins and scones.
"You can do lunch for breakfast or breakfast for lunch; we serve breakfast all day," Tennant said.
Soups such as tomato bisque, beef vegetable and chili, and desserts such as Praline Crumb Caramel Cheesecake Bars and Andes Mint Cake, vary daily.
The cafe also offers a variety of coffee drinks and smoothies.
Hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.