Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the colonial revival–style home, built in the 1920s, that houses Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi—installed by the ghost of the original architect—keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests pluck from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, and such treatments are combined in packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Barber in 2009 and Best Manicure and Pedicure in 2009 and 2010. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
Under the helm of skilled nail technician and owner Regina Kinsey, Polished Nail Salon’s staff grooms hands and feet with manicures and pedicures for women and men alike. Throughout the day, the salon’s experienced crew bustles about the space artfully positioning sculpted glass nails atop existing keratin beds and performing waterless manicures that gussy up hands without the hassles of coaxing each finger into a life jacket.
Stephanie Saddler is the owner and chief nail technician of the coral- and pink-colored Butta Fingers Nail Studio, and she's been profiled by the likes of Fox 8, WKYC, and The Today Show for her talon talents. Nail magazines showcase her daring nail art, but Stephanie's customers can also opt for more demure mani-pedis. At her salon, technicians doll up vacant keratins with gels, polishes, and acrylics from the salon's own signature collection and popular brands such as OPI, Gelish, and CND. Sandal-ready piggies make their debut after a shaping, grooming, and exfoliation are performed as patrons perch atop plush whirlpool chairs between vibrant pops of pink. Staffers cater to adventuresome talons with Minx nails, sporting flashy designs that shrink into fingertip contours when heated or frightened by a sudden whiff of nail-polish remover.
Owner Kath L. Heim enhances hands and feet by way of scrubs, soaks, and polishes that call on the beautifying powers of her exclusive line of Sea of Softness (SOS) products. The spa pedicure, which can treat feet weary from pacing on a floor covered in sandpaper, administers a relaxing mineral soak, a callus filing, an SOS sea-salt rub, an SOS Moisture Whip lotioning, a hot-towel treatment, and a foot massage with hot-rock and reflexology techniques. The ankle anchor pampering concludes with a technicolor toenail polish in the shade of your choice.
The nail technician at Nail MiMi at Style Bar Salon has an eye for detail. She draws from more than six years experience to decorate nails and maintain the health of hands and feet. She pays meticulous attention during mani-pedis, in which she trims cuticles, buffs nails, and removes calluses. She can also enhance treatments by adding an exfoliating scrub, wrapping feet with hot towels, and decorating each finger with complex nail art.