Salon Review: Savannah Nail Bar

Published June 5, 2012 by mrsrag

Address: 104 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL 33458

Salon #: (561) 529-2659

Website: www.SavannahNailBar.com

 

Every woman loves getting pampered, especially when it comes to her nails.  A frequent problem I have is chipping my manicure before I even leave the salon parking lot.  You’re fumbling for keys, trying to get your seat belt on and before you know it that perfectly polished thumb nail is a sloppy mess.  Well, a good friend of mine suggested that I try “gel nails”…I realize this is not new to everyone, but I had never heard of it.  I was visiting family in New York at the time, so I decided to stop in and try the new craze.  At first I was thoroughly impressed.  She finished polishing them, I stuck them under a UV drying device for less than 5 minutes and I was out the door.  Nails of steel.  Nothing was chipping this baby.  It didn’t dawn on me at the time to inquire as to how you remove this super polish.  5 weeks later and my hot pink nails were still going strong – but sadly growing out as well.  I tried regular polish remover, no go.  So, I’m back at home in beloved South Florida and I hop into my local nail salon.  I literally could not stand one more day of looking at my half a mani.  As I suspected, they couldn’t take me right away and I didn’t have the time to wait.  On our usual cruise to Jupiter beach I gazed out the window, trying to eye a plaza for any old place that could just clean my nails up.  That’s when I spotted Savannah Nail Bar in a distinct green building, just West of A1A & Indiantown Road.  I decided I could deal with 1 more day and then I’d have to try this new place.

The next day, we pull in and I drop Maria off.  She goes inside, gets the, “ok they can take me now”, and I take off to check on a couple of things.  First, down the road to find out a movie time at the Cobb on US1.  It was a no go.  No offense baby but I wasn’t too disappointed.  The word “Yemen” in the title didn’t scream movie magic to me.  Anyway, on the move again to the west and a stop at Too Bizaare Cafe (our next review btw) to make sure they were open for a libation, as it was mid-afternoon.  Success on that front!  Back across Indiantown Road to the nail shop.  I was a bit hesitant to go in, I’ve never been in a nail salon for more than 60 seconds.  I bite my nails.  I know what you’re thinking, but I am the Michelangelo of nail biting, seriously.  So, I walk into the place and immediately I am feeling totally comfortable.  Maria has two girls working on her,  feet and hands at the same time.  The proprieter of the establishment greets me with a warm, welcome smile and offers me a seat next to my honey.  Then she blows my mind by asking if I would like a beer or a glass of wine while I wait.  Hell yes!  I had a glass of  Moscato and Maria joined me.   Now this is a nail salon.

I had heard a few of my friends talk about salons where they served cocktails, (Note: You have to be a patron of the salon amenities in order to enjoy its alcoholic beverages) but I had yet to experience one.  We just happened to stumble upon SNB serendipitously.  It was pure pleasure getting my hands spiffed up and my toes painted while I enjoyed a refreshing glass of wine.  Not to mention the affable staff, who indulged Ross and I with some stimulating conversation about local business.

Don’t get me wrong, I like a glass of wine as much as the next guy, probably more.  {Maria- “No probably about it…just sayin’.}  And as you can tell, I’m not truly qualified to review SNB, as I’ve never partaken in nail services.  I can review what I know though.  The place is aesthetically very appealing.  Wonderful space, beautiful wood floors, great lighting and awesome music (Pandora-Jack Johnson station).  The people are kind and friendly, and make you feel at home.  It certainly isn’t just the fact that you can have a drink while you’re waited on that makes SNB a place you want to revisit.  I’ve always felt that a dude getting his nails done was way too metrosexual, but the girls there assure me it isn’t.  I won’t make any promises, but I’m at least not ruling it out anymore.  One thing is for sure, I’m going with you sweetheart, everytime you go back.

I’ve been to a few nail salons that I hated.  Mostly the ones located in malls where the quality of work seems to wane and the smell of nail filler may very well kill you.  If the people working on your nails are wearing protective masks – then why aren’t we?  That was always unsettling to me.  Most times its a simple case of “you get what you pay for”.  At SNB I received excellent service at a very reasonable price.  Firstly, the proprietor got me started by soaking my nails in acetone, which is apparently what you have to undergo in order to remove the ‘super polish’.  You have to appreciate when someone takes initiative like that to speed up your visit.  As soon as she had me wrapped up, they moved me to the pedicure station.  It was not the usual set up I’ve seen over the years.  Personally, I preferred the unconventional portable foot bath and comfortable reclining chair.  Especially when the owner informed me that the disposable plastic liner for the foot bath is the most sanitary way to perform a pedicure.  I am a borderline germaphobe, so you can imagine that was music to my ears.  Since the other nail tech didn’t have a customer at the time, she worked on my nails.  Another plus in the efficiency and time management department.  I didn’t miss the token massage chair.  Frankly, I would have found it annoying as I tried to enjoy my beverage.  Sipping and vibration don’t mix very well.  Overall, I felt comfortable and relaxed at SNB.  I think they more than embody their tagline, “Nail services with Southern Charm”.  If you’re looking to party hard -go to a real bar.  This “Bar” is for the lady just looking for the standard mani, pedi or both.  And to top it all off, my baby got to sit right next to me and indulge as well.

Ross’ Rating:  Service and Value- N/A.  Everything Else- 5 Nail Files out of 5.

Maria’s Rating: Overall – 4.5 Nail Files.

 

 

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