By Paul T. Choate
Feb. 11, 2013. The annual Hot Lips Contest has returned to Haircut 101 again and this year, for the first time, Haircut 101 will be partnering with Mellow Mushroom for a whole host of fun Valentine’s Day activities and will also be integrating a raffle into the contest.
The Hot Lips Contest is the brainchild of John Mena, owner of Haircut 101, and has been held for the last several years to promote the salon and help OASIS, Inc. (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter).
So what is exactly is a Hot Lips contest? Well entry is going on now and those who want to enter pay $1 — which also enters them into a raffle — put on some lipstick and pucker up on a doily, which is then hung on the wall behind the Haircut 101 front desk. The most attractive three lips are then judged on Feb. 15 by High Country Press Publisher Ken Ketchie.
The raffle entry fee gets you two chances to win lots of great prizes like a $100 gift certificate to use towards Bumble and bumble products, or two complimentary entrees from Makoto’s, a $25 gift certificate to from Hob Knob Farm Café, a $25 Gift Certificate to M.C. Adam’s Clothier, a gift certificate to Mellow Mushroom, a massage with Eli Peltz, gift certificates from Melanie’s and Stick Boy, two one-month memberships to Crossfit 828 or a set of customized business cards from SOS Printing.
Last year, the contest drew more lip submissions than ever with 106 contestants.
“We’ll defeinitely beat it this year,” said Bishop Glover, of Haircut 101. “We’ve been doing it over 10 tears but this is the first year we’ve decided to integrate it with a raffle.”
Also brand new this year is Mellow Mushroom’s “Cupid is Stupid Party,” a sort of anti-Valentine’s Day celebration in partnership with Haircut 101 and the Appalachian Rollergirls that kicks off Thursday evening, Feb. 14.
“I was really touched when Chase [Luddeke, Mellow Mushroom general manager] reached out to us for partnering with OASIS,” Glover said.
The Cupid is Stupid Party was Luddeke’s concept, which he said he felt would be sort of a “fun and goofy” way to celebrate the holiday. The party flier lists “drink specials, vengeance, anti-love tunes, slices for one, broken dreams, loneliness, heart pretzels and retribution” as some things to expect.
There will also be a “Throw a Drink in Someone’s Face Booth” as part of the party.
Luddeke said after he thought of the idea it occured to him, “‘Okay, that’s a funny idea but we need to do it for something,’ and that is when I decided it would be good to do it for a charity.”
Participants will pay $3 for a drink, which they will then get to toss in a volunteer’s face. Luddeke said he has been scouting around town for volunteers and said he is hoping to get some local celebrities to participate. All proceeds from the booth will go toward OASIS.
The Appalachian Rollergirls are also getting in on the fun. Some of the ladies on skates will be volunteering for the Throw a Drink in Someone’s Face Booth and proceeds from their participation will benefit the Rollergirls.
During the Mellow Mushroom party, people will still be able to enter the Hot Lips Contest and Haircut 101 will have plenty of lipstick and doilies on hand.
The raffle drawings are expected to be held at Mellow Mushroom on Thursday night towards the end of the party after the final lip submissions are in, Glover said.
The winners of the Hot Lips Contest will be announced next Friday afternoon on hcpress.com, following Ketchie’s selections.
“We love working with OASIS and adding this raffle was another opportunity for us to do that with the Hot Lips Contest,” Glover said.
OASIS provides temporary emergency shelter, counseling, referrals, case management, support groups, legal and medical advocacy and educational programs to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Watauga County.
For more information or to enter the contest, stop by Haircut 101 at 174 Depot St., Boone or call 828-262-3324.
Cupid is Stupid Party flier