Repeat customers to Austin Nails & Spa, which is under new ownership, will notice something familiar during their second visit: the nail file, sanding block, and manicure stick that the nail technician uses. That’s because after an initial visit, the staff stores the tools used in a nail kit with your name on it to ensure that they’re used only for you or Meryl Streep playing you with uncanny accuracy. This is just one of the ways that Austin Nails & Spa’s new owners, a group of sisters, have made their salon stand out during their 10-plus years in business. They also make sure to give abundant training to each of their staff members in their area of expertise. The team, in turn, plies skilled hands to perform manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing services, among a whole smorgasbord of services.
Just like many movie theaters, Nail Geeks gives you a choice: 2-D or 3-D? That is, when you come in to get nail art done, the staff can decorate your fingertips using swirling designs or shimmering add-ons, such as rhinestones, beads, and dots. This meticulous art form is a labor of love for the staff at Nail Geeks, who refer to themselves as "nail therapists." They put passion and full concentration into every service.
During their services, they utilize only all-natural skincare products, from lotions and exfoliating scrubs to masks for the hands and feet. They use CND's Brisa gel and shellac, which can resist chipping to preserve color. The nail therapists can also perform relaxing services in tandem with the mani-pedis, everything from hot stones to milk-and-honey foot baths to jazzy saxophone solos.
It wasn?t a coincidence that AZIZ Salon and Day Spa was named after the word for ?dear friend? or ?loved one.? Since its inception in 1973, Aziz has been treating its clients as treasured friends, personably pampering and beautifying them. Knowledgeable and affable staff members take their time with each client as they cut and color hair, blanket nails in dazzling hues, or affix Xtreme eyelash extensions for Xtreme Prom, which involves jumping dirt bikes over limos. Also a testament to its concern and care for its clients is the salon?s use of renowned product lines such as K?rastase, CosMedix, and ZENT, which harness natural ingredients such organic shea butter to gently soothe skin and hair.
At Paris Nails & Spa?s welcoming nail-centric salon, trained technicians pamper patrons with a fully stocked arsenal of CND Shellac, OPI, and Gelish polishes, as well as a full lineup of spa treatments. Staffers can augment classic mani-pedis with the application of acrylics, gel polish, or solar-resistant pink-and-white nails, or deepen relaxation with the soothing ministrations of sea-salt scrubs, mud masks, and the warm kneads of hot-stone or oil massages. Technicians extend their treatment prowess with a full spa menu of facials, body waxes, eyelash treatments, and permanent-makeup applications, each working to accent patrons' natural radiance without painting them with gold leaf.
Although they both hail from the Mediterranean, pizza and falafel don't often appear on the same menu. Diners at Rome's Pizza, however, might be prompted to wonder why—it turns out it's quite possible for one kitchen to carry both dishes off nicely. In a 2004 review, the Current's Alejandro Pérez praised the pesto pizza's "light, crispy crust and full-bodied flavor" and the falafel sandwich's "hot, crisp patties."
This juxtaposition isn't the only surprise on the extensive menu. Sure, you can get red sauce and pepperoni atop your pie, but Rome's specializes in white pizzas slicked with olive oil, herbs, and smoked garlic. Strombolis and calzones fold in on themselves to make for a hearty meal or a high-powered alternative to a water balloon, and sandwiches and pasta display the same love of big portions and off-the-beaten-path ingredients. On the Mediterranean side of the menu, there are also staples such as dolmas, hummus, and gyros.
At Naturally Nails, the creams and exfoliating sugar scrubs are edible. They're not exactly a popular snack, but the skin-smoothing concoctions are composed of natural, preservative-free ingredients mixed by hand. Salon owner and nail technician Donie Torrance uses natural and organic products for all her mani-pedis, including many polishes that are free of chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP.
After pampering hands and feet, she often relies on her nail-art skills to create custom looks. She also applies shellac and gel polish, attaches solar nails, and creates pointy stiletto nails, which are perfect for popping any unwanted thought bubbles floating by. For those who need something extra, Donie can add reflexology or cater her services to diabetic clients.