In The VIP Chair: Spring Nail Beauty Spa, NYC Salon Review

I was feeling particularly happy after an intense yet successful physiotherapy session; I don’t know if it was the warmer weather after 4 months of below freezing temperatures, or the fact that I could finally touch my toes that put a spring in my step. As I walked down 14th Street, the bright purple sign for Spring Nail Beauty Spa caught my attention, and despite having a million things to do I decided I deserved to treat myself to a mani and pedi.

I stepped inside and was amazed by how big the salon was; 18 pedi massage chairs and 19 mani desks with what seemed to be an upstairs beauty section as well. I was greeted by the owner who didn’t even look up from her phone as she screamed for a manicurist while firmly telling me to choose my color (not going to lie, I wasn’t feeling like this was the treat that I wanted). Despite this my manicurist was actually very good, and tried to distract me as I squirmed in my seat because of my ticklish feet. Eventually my squealing like a little school-girl had the entire salon either laughing with me or staring at me like I was a crazy women (I really need to find a solution to this problem). I loved the end result of my pedi – the color Manicurist of Seville by OPI looked fabulous. For my mani I was feeling particularly nostalgic and choose an old favorite, OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. I would have found this a relaxing experience but was put off by the manicurist next to me who was eating her breakfast with her mouth open. Yes, the sounds were delightful, like nails on a chalkboard, and it took all of my strength to stay quiet and not give her a lesson on etiquette. This salon has the potential to be luxury but needs to learn to offer exceptional and engaging service. My manicurist was professional and very sweet, so overall I would go back to see her. Goes to show that people truly do make your business.

Until next time,


Salon Review: Spring Nail Beauty Spa – 210 W14th St, NYC
Ambience: Large space with no relaxing music, just TVs blaring the news
Cleanliness of salon: Clean and spacious
Polish: Lincoln Park After Dark & Manicurist of Seville by OPI – Retails $6-9
Polish job & chip factor: Lasted the typical 3-4 days
Brands they stock: OPI & Essie
Color range: They have an extensive color range
Customer engagement: Terrible greeting, didn’t even look up from her phone, however my manicurist was engaging & professional
Price range: Mani’s: $9 Pedi’s: $16 and Mani/Pedi Special $20

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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