In The VIP Chair: ABC Blooming Nails and Spa Battery Park Review

In The VIP Chair salon reviews

It was time for a bit of pampering, especially after looking after my precious baby girl by myself for three days while my husband was at a work conference in Mexico. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing better than looking after my 4-month-old, but when you are up all night and all day it can get rather exhausting. If you are a Mom you know what I am talking about and if you aren’t then take my word for it having your nails done goes from becoming a normal part of your week to a treat. I enlisted the help of a friend to walk my princess in her stroller around the beautiful waterfront of Battery Park while I checked out one of the only salons in the area. Isn’t it strange that in such a highly populated area there are only two salons to choose from? In a city that has a nail salon on every corner I had grown accustomed to having a plethora of options when getting my nails done. I can’t complain, I was just happy to finally have an hour of downtime.

ABC Blooming Nail and Spa were amazing with the exception of the polish job (more on that later). I was greeted by the owner who was so friendly and accommodating when I said needed both my fingers and toes to be done simultaneously. It was a bustling salon so the owner started the process of preparing my fingers while my toes were being soaked. It was really relaxing and I loved every minute of it. A clean salon that sanitized their products correctly, displayed their workers bill of rights, and supported numerous charities. Given I was missing my husband I chose polishes to reflect my mood, my toes were painted with Essie’s Happy Wife, Happy Life while my fingers were polished with Essie’s Hubby for Dessert. I am sad to say although the preparation of my fingers and toes was exceptional the polish job was a little on the messy side. There was polish on my toes, not just my nails, and my technician didn’t clean it up – normally I say something but wanted to get back to my baby girl so left it. My fingers chipped after one day – maybe it was the quality of polish maybe it was me, hard to say. Overall, I did have a great experience and I would go back to this salon.

Until next time,

ABC BLOOMING NAIL & SPA – 395 S End Ave Battery Park NYC

• Ambience: Bustling salon yet had a relaxing vibe
• Cleanliness of salon: Great
• Polish: Pedicure: Essie’s Happy Wife, Happy Life – Manicure: Essie’s Hubby for Desert. (Retails $8-$10)
• Polish job & chip factor: Fingers chipped in a day, Toes didn’t chip for 2 weeks
• Brands they stock: Essie, OPI, CND, RGB, Ruby Wing & Orly
• Color range: Some polishes needed to be replaced, mostly good quality polishes with a small to medium color range
• Customer engagement: Friendly and charismatic
• Price range: Manicure $13, Spa Manicure $25, Pedicure $29, Spa pedicure $49-$95

Ruth Shelling

As the Publisher for, Ruth has 20-years of media, marketing, and sales experience. Currently, she writes the quirky and funny column In the VIP Chair with Ruth Shelling that is all about the crazy salon experiences she has throughout Manhattan and New Jersey.

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