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February 12th, 2016

Mane Squeezes

As the saying goes, the couple that ziplines together stays together. We asked Austin's terrifically tatted Beau Boncutter and his wife and business partner Nikki Boncutter, who own Benjamin Beau Salon in SoLa, for some off-the-beaten path date ideas around town and the back story on their romance.
First, tell us some of your favorite non-date dates in Austin.
You can zipline and stay in a treehouse overnight at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. Also the Austin Bouldering Project on the Eastside is a great date. We love Craft... and FitBar is a cool new local traveling fitness concept. We did a pop-up with them at the salon recently.
Any plans for Valentine's?
Beau: I'm surprising her by checking into Hotel Van Zandt to relax, have dinner at Geraldine's and wake up to breakfast and coffee with a view.

Well, cat's out of the bag now! You met when you were both working in the salon industry in Chicago. What was your first date?
Nikki: It was either a dinner or a movie that I wasn't unaware of being a date. I liked him too much so I wouldn't have taken the hint.
Beau: We weren't allowed to date because I was her boss at the time, but they were all dates.

Most romantic restaurant in Austin?
Beau: We love Enoteca. The small tables and crowded space allows for cozy ambiance.
Nikki: Also Jacoby's! It's the cutest place for a brunch date. Everything - down to the silverware - is adorable.
Who does your hair?
Beau: We cut each other's hair. 
Best and worst parts of working together daily?
Nikki: Best parts are carpooling, always having at least one person’s lunch to steal, always having a second opinion you can trust when it's needed. Worst parts are that despite what people may think, we don't actually get to interact with each other as much. Even in the small space when we are fully booked, having the slight opportunity to make eye contact is nice!
Beau: Best is butt grabs. Worst is too busy for butt grabs. 

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