Within the lime-hued walls of Eden Salon, experienced nail technicians beautify hands and feet in relaxing mani-pedis that take about two hours. Aestheticians trim cuticles, buff nail beds, and file nail enamel into squares, ovals, or bugle-shaped cylindrical cones before coating fingers' enameled bits with Shellac nail polish (a $75 value). Shellac's no-chip formula slides onto nails smoothly and sets quickly under a UV lamp. A Shellac base coat blankets the bare nail, followed by a color coat of the client's choice and finished with a UV top coat that seals the process, making nails gleam like the helmet of an astronaut falling into the sun. Newly embellished finger digits and foot ends can retain their glossy lamination for up to 14 days.
Though their names may be slightly different, the family of nail salons that is Comstock Nails, Lovely Nails, MI Nails, and Wyoming Nails have almost everything else in common. That includes a friendly staff, pedicure thrones with soothing jet tubs, and specialty nail services such as Shellac manicures. The last of these is a particular highlight—the specially formulated Shellac polish cures under UV light and resists chipping for up to two weeks. All three of the salons carry multiple colors of CND Shellac polish, including seasonal shades such as Sugared Spice and Deep-Fried Turducken.
The folks at Cheshire Nails strive to elevate nailcare from a mere series of treatments to a full-blown experience. Therefore, they offer VIP and hot-stone spa packages that turn simple manicures and pedicures into lavish journeys, comforting feet and hands with citrus-honey sugar wraps, marine masks, and massages that feature the soft kiss of butter creams. But the emphasis on embellishments in no way detracts from the salon's bread and butter. The technicians groom nails with precision and zeal, filing and shaping nails before layering on OPI and Shellac polishes, which can turn even the most accusatory finger wag into a gesture that emotes pure class.
At House This, keen-eyed staffers help outfit shoppers in distinctive apparel and jewelry and aid them in fulfilling their abodes’ decorative desires. Along with clothing from popular lines such as Hazel, Trinity, 1921 jeans, and Mystree, the shop stocks candles, lamps, mirrors, and furniture. Decorators can spruce up bare walls with framed artwork, prominently display an automobile’s smog-check certificate inside assorted picture frames ($23–$45), or prop up masterpieces in progress on iron easels ($10–$30).