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Fusion Comes to the Nail Salon

By combining the efficiency of Vietnamese craftsmanship with the American expectation of a luxurious experience, owner Samantha Hanby finds a way to offer customers the best of both worlds.

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Salon Profile: Nowhere to Go But Up

Orchard Nails opened in Corona, Calif., when the economy was at its worst, but co-owner Thomas Irwin says this meant the salon had “nowhere to go but up.”

On the Road: Nailcessity, Chicago

Managing Editor Sree Roy heads to Chicago to check out Nailcessity in the heart of the big city.

Party Crashers

About two weeks before her wedding, Anne Silvey, now Mrs. Anne Franscioni, was putting the finishing touches on the plans for her big day. She’d had the color palette picked out long ago — navy, cream, and wine — and her six bridesmaids were prepared with their navy dresses. Wanting everything to be perfect to the last detail, she of course wanted a perfectly matched look for the group’s fingernails and toenails.

Not a Princess Salon

Chicago-based Pure Rain Nail Spa’s success is a result of owner Ulzii Tsogtbaatar’s experience in business management and years of being a nail tech. The salon attracts young professionals and a larger-than-average base of male clients.

On the Road: Chi Nail Bar & Organic Spa, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Chi Nail Bar, located right off the well-known shopping mecca that is Rodeo Drive, opened this February. I think we can all admit that it’s not exactly the ideal time to open up a new business, what with the economic crisis and all. But that didn’t stop Ton, a second generation nail tech, from opening up her newest salon. In the business for 10 years, Ton owned several other salons before coming across the space in chic Beverly Hills.

On the Road: Krème de la Krème, Belmont Heights, Calif.

Managing Editor Sree Roy says, " As a new resident of Long Beach’s Belmont Shore neighborhood, I’m frequently asked for my nail salon recommendation. I'm happy to say I finally have an answer."

On the Road: Sugarcoat, Atlanta, Ga.

Sugarcoat: A Nail and Beauty Bar in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood stands out amongst the other boutique, upscale, and discount salons in the city because it’s developed a unique brand that’s reinforced through every aspect of its business.

Not Your Mother’s Nail Salon

Opening last year in one of the country’s few remaining Japantowns, Sakura Nail Bar takes advantage of its historic location and focuses its efforts on a young clientele.

Part of the Neighborhood

Old northeastern charm and manners meet a bright nail business at Wet Paint Nail Spa in Cambridge, Mass.