In The VIP Chair: Clara Nails Mamaroneck NY

I had just returned from a whirlwind yet lengthy trip to our homeland of NZ and Australia; exhausted from jet lag that left no member of our household untouched. Especially my beautiful 2-year old daughter who thought it was fun to sing and play all night for two weeks straight. We hadn’t even been back a week and my husband was off to Hawaii for a work conference after winning a prestigious employee award. Despite being so proud of him, I will admit that I was really jealous that he was jet setting off again while I dealt with sleepless nights by myself. Okay so honestly between us, I loved every minute of our beach trips, baby chinos (fluffy milk for toddlers that looks just like Momma’s coffee), chocolate ice cream treats and playground visits. It was a special time, just us girls, but by the time my husband returned home this Mommy was barely standing she was so exhausted.  

I went straight out in search of a new salon that would pamper me and let me switch off for the next 45 minutes. I found the perfect place in Clara Nails. I walked through the back door (by mistake) and was greeted by the most friendly nail technician I have ever met. She talked me through the various pedicure options available and directed me to where I could choose my colors.

I went with a ruby red tone for both my fingers and toes – Essie’s Apertif. I decided in the chair that I deserved an additional 20-minute reflexology massage, I mean the sign on the wall said that it “promotes exceptional health and well-being,” so it was in my best interests to have it done. It was amazing, incredible, like I had been whisked away to a place devoid of any responsibilities. I was completely relaxed.

That soon changed once I got home and realized both my husband and daughter had been napping well past 5 PM (not ideal when battling jet lag and trying to get your toddler back into a routine). Anyhow, I highly recommend this salon, in fact, I asked to speak to the owner so I could tell her personally what a wonderful business she is running. The staff were all engaged and happy to be there, the spas were immaculate and the ventilation was impeccable.

I will definitely be returning in the not too distant future.

Until next time,

Ruth Shelling

Ambiance: They had a happy vibe and played great upbeat music.

Cleanliness of salon: Really clean and airy. The ventilation was impeccable I couldn’t even smell any nail products.

Polish: Manicure and Pedicure: Essie’s Apertif. Retails $8-$10.

Polish job & chip factor: Loved my polish job, my fingers lasted 5-days and my toes a 3-weeks!!

Color range: Mid range of polishes, Essie, OPI, Essie Gel Couture, Color Club & Misa

Customer engagement: Really friendly and professional. They seemed to love their jobs which came through in the amazing services they offered.  

Price range:  Green tea spa pedicure: $50,  with 10 minute foot massage: $38, Manicure $8, pedicure $19, Special Manicure & pedicure: $27. They also offer Essie Gel for an additional $12

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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