For Michael Hodges, Logan Circle is a great place to work but not necessarily to live.
The entrepreneur opened Logan 14 Aveda Salon/Spa three years ago (1314 14th St., N.W.) and says business is booming — up 33 percent already this year, a trend he hopes will continue as 14th Street explodes (logan14salonspa.com).
“I couldn’t have picked a better site,” the 43-year-old Hitchen, England, native says of his business, a 6,000-square-foot salon with about 35 employees that offers hair, skin, massage, nails and more under one roof. “I knew 14th Street was gonna blow up, so we got in at a good time.”
He’s pleasantly astounded at how gay his clientele is as well. He guesses about half his clients are men and “most of them are gay.”
“It’s so different from doing hair in Bethesda,” he says. “There I might do one men’s haircut a day. Some days now I do 20 men’s haircuts.”
Hodges used to live in Logan but he and partner Eric Brauer moved to the Brookland/Woodridge area where he says things are “a little quieter.” They’ve been together five years and are planning a big wedding for October 2014.
In his free time, Hodges enjoys cooking and event planning. A self-proclaimed bear, he organizes the DILF party (moving to the first Saturday of each month at Number 9) and has a new party in the works starting Oct. 12 at Cobalt. The working title is Furrball D.C.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out at 18. The hardest person to tell was my mother. I felt like I was breaking her heart. She passed away three years ago, and I am very happy she briefly got to know the man I would be spending the rest of my life with.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
I respect any youth who has the heart and conviction to come out early.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
It will always be Tracks for me. I grew up in that place.
Describe your dream wedding.
Anywhere, as long as it is to Eric Brauer.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
I try to donate and help out with women’s cancer charities. Both my mother and my partner’s mother battled cancer. Fortunately my mother-in-law to be is doing great and I am gaining a new mom from our future nuptials.
What historical outcome would you change?
The car crash of Princess Diana. I think she was an amazing ambassador to children all around the world.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Watching the two royal weddings in England during my lifetime. I love all of the royal traditions.
On what do you insist?
No clutter on the kitchen island. I hate stuff lying around.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
I can’t believe were going to see Ke$ha tonight!
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Stop the Ride, I Want to Get Off”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Make myself gay again. It is a fabulous life if you let it. Embrace yourself and everyone around you.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
What would you walk across hot coals for?
My partner or either of our two dogs. They’re my babies.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That all gay men are molesters and pedophiles.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Beautiful Thing,” from England.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Taking your shoes off going into someone’s house.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
My mother’s china. When I look at it, I think of her.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That I could have come out at 14.
I love how eclectic it is. I also love the architecture and monuments. Every time I’m in another city, I respect how beautiful Washington is.