Angela's Nail & Spa's eponymous owner greets every salon guest with a smile, manning the finger-revamping fort as staff technicians transform nails into 10-piece hand and foot accessories. Both levels of mani-pedi include the application of a conditioning oil to reduce cuticle invasions while a shaping reworks nails into rounded arches, squared tips, or glowing orbs designed to foster heartfelt moments with estranged extraterrestrials.
Perfect 10 Services’ staff of beauty gurus pampers and prettifies male and female guests with nail, waxing, and makeup services. Trained technicians carefully eradicate facial fuzz and body bristles with waxing treatments, and permanent makeup applications fashion rosy cheeks without the pain of constant pinching or the discomfort of coating them in strawberry jam. Nail beds are nurtured during relaxing mani-pedis, which can be customized with paraffin-wax treatments, personalized nail art and airbrushing, and gel enhancements.
From the bar to the dining area, South of the Border is bedecked with sombreros and colorful blankets that pay homage to the menu full of Mexican dishes. To create the classic handhelds, chefs fashion tortillas into quesadillas, tacos, and tostadas filled with ingredients such as steak, avocado, and shrimp. They also whip up chicken enchiladas slathered in melted cheese and poblano sauce; wrap burritos around chili con carne or scallops, crabmeat, calamari, and shrimp; and grill half-pound bacon cheeseburgers topped with jalape?os. A handful of the dishes are built without the traditional tortilla, such as pollo mole poblano, a recipe that flavors chicken with a sauce of dry peppers, almonds, and unsweetened Ibarra chocolate. Meals can be paired with equally Mexican-inspired drinks, such as margaritas and beer served in a glass or plastic bag, and dessert like fried ice cream and cheesecake.
Dozens of nail-polish bottles line the shelves at Jin Town Nails, which offers clients more lacquer options than a chameleon's mood ring. Of course, those coats of polish come after extensive pampering. In addition to clipping, filing, and buffing nails, mani-pedis include hand and foot massages and skin-softening paraffin wax dips. After nails are dry, clients can indulge in facials or relax while a skin expert waxes away unwanted hair.