I’d be willing to bet that most women have a favorite Asian mani/pedi place of which they do not stray. Mine just so happens to be a little nail salon tucked away in a strip mall (as most are) in Englewood. After searching Google for an hour and going back-and-forth with the other Omelettes, I finally found out that the name of it is Nail Center.
I first started visiting the Nail Center about 6 or 7 years ago. I was living in Wash Park and needed a quick, cheap place for my indulgence. Quickly Pepper became a fan and the whole time, unknowingly, Mama had been going there as well. Mind you, this location is NOT convenient for any of us, but now, 6 or 7 years later, we ALL still go out of our way to get our toes shined up here. Why such loyalty? – well that’s easy! They deliver a superior product with superior service with a superior little grin and giggle. What this means is that their pedicures last a long time, they leave you alone to relax because they know it’s hard to understand the little bit of English they do speak and they have some of the best prices I’ve ever seen.
There is just one problem about my cute little Asian nail salon… and that’s the owner, Andy. Andy is always happy to step in and help when the salon has more than 3 clients… aka gets busy. Andy also is always happy to step in and help EVERY TIME Pepper and I go in. And guess who has gotten Andy at her feet each and ever time.. yep, yours truly. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, having a male pedicure-ist. But Andy just plain SUCKS! He rushes through the entire process, sometimes even skipping steps. He’s rough, tough and always tries to up-sell to the “spa package” or to put a bejeweled flower design on your nails (barf). Not only that, but he is sloppy and can, at times, down right inflict pain! So, why do I continue to go back? Because it’s where Pepper and I go. Simple as that.
So, where is your favorite little Asian nail salon? Do you even know the name of it? Maybe one of these days I’ll quit Nail Center, quit Andy and actually try somewhere new.