Though pearl prospecting is a lucrative labor, scooping sand is tough on delicate finger and toe-diggers. Today's Groupon soothes scraggy digits: for $37, you get a spa mani-pedi at Tootsies the Nail Shoppe, redeemable at three locations: Washington Park, The Highlands, and South Pearl (a $75 value).
The magazine 5280's Top of the Town Readers' Choice winner for four years running, Tootsies provides friendliness and cleanliness while coddling and decorating digits in an inviting atmosphere. For the spa manicure, the certified aestheticians swathe weary necks in heated aromatherapy wraps and then shape nails, polish away dullness, and attend to contumacious cuticles. The process culminates with an aromatherapy hot-paraffin wax and a detailed 10-minute massage to melt away stress. Similar pampering is afforded to the lower paws in the spa pedicure, where new foot files and buffers whisk away calluses and failed tattoo-by-numbers experiments. Each foot then undergoes a soothing aromatherapy sugar scrub in the pedicure station. Sleek pressed-tin and teal walls and black-and-white checkered floors set a chic stage for each treatment, as clients sink into plush leather pedicure seats.
Tootsies the Nail Shoppe was in the top five on CityVoter for Best Manicure and Pedicure in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Nails Magazine featured Tootsies, and readers voted it Top Manicure & Pedicure in 5280 magazine's Top of the Town 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 issues.
- This retro-cool nail salon, complete with Audrey Hepburn posters and fancy teal walls, is hard to beat for more reasons than one. We appreciate the salon's focus on hygiene—no jets in the pedi tubs, and new files for every customer. We also love the fact that the manis and pedis seem to last a week longer than the ones we've gotten at the quickie places in town. – 5280
- Though the design of the shop is ornate, Tootsies is at its core all about simplicity. The basic concept the sisters came up with for the store can be summed up in a few words: sanitary, fun, cute, and quick. – Angela Lu, Nails Magazine