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On the Road: Tips Nail Bar

byShannon Rahn | January 9, 2015

The pedicure area has six comfy seats for services.

The pedicure area has six comfy seats for services.

Located in Ontario, Canada, just minutes from downtown Toronto, Tips Nail Bar offers a beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. 
Salon owner Leeanne Colley (left) gave me a fabulous fall manicure with negative space nail art using CND Shellac in Dark Dhalia.

Salon owner Leeanne Colley (left) gave me a fabulous fall manicure with negative space nail art using CND Shellac in Dark Dhalia. 

> Tips Nail Bar is home to 12 nail techs, four of whom are part of an artist management group. All techs are selected based on their passion for nails and nail art and are trained by salon owner and award-winning manicurist Leeanne Colley.

All artwork in the salon is hand drawn in Sharpie — this includes the giant canvas behind the manicure tables.

All artwork in the salon is hand drawn in Sharpie — this includes the giant canvas behind the manicure tables. 

> Colley and her team have done editorial work for some of Canada’s top fashion and beauty magazines, including Fashion, Glow, Flare, and Elle Canada. They also create nail looks backstage at Fashion Week for top Canadian designers such as Lucian Matis, Pavoni, Pink Tartan, Ruffian, and more.

The light fixture in the waiting area really came to life at night.

The light fixture in the waiting area really came to life at night.

> Initially a well-kept secret, after eight years in business the salon recently outgrew its space and upgraded to a larger salon in the building next door.

Tip's unique nail polish display.

Tip's unique nail polish display. 

>The new salon has eight manicure stations and six pedicure stations as well as an esthetician room and three makeup chairs.

Close-up on Tip's retail line, Bod Tini.

Close-up on Tip's retail line, Bod Tini. 

> Although Tips Nail Bar is known for its nail art, clients are offered a variety of nail services — from natural manicures to enhancement services and pedicures. Waxing, brow and lash tinting, threading, facials, and makeup also make up a portion of the salon’s business.

The staircase between the main level and the lower level displays a quote from Coco Chanel.

The staircase between the main level and the lower level displays a quote from Coco Chanel. 

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