Denver Nail Lounge Pavilions June 2009Denver Nail Lounge
500 16th Street, Suite 136 (16th and Glenarm)
downtown Denver
Bus directions: take the MallRide up to Glenarm

Sometimes lately it seems that all I write about is restaurants. There’s nothing wrong with that, but other people like Denveater do it much better. And downtown Denver can’t be a vibrant place if it doesn’t offer the services people want.

Hence my trip to the Denver Nail Lounge, located in the Denver Pavilions. I’ve been needing a pedicure, and although Lauren at Hair Technology in Westminster gives the most long-lasting pedicures I’ve ever had in my life, downtown Denver is easier for me to reach by bus.

Denver Nail Lounge is a “nail bar and bubble tea concept,” according to the website, and also serves hot chocolate. That sounded like heaven to me, but then I was worried by the caveat on the website that nail products and drinks never come into contact. What’s the point of this concept if you can’t sit back and drink while having a pedicure?

When I walked in, the bar was to my right and a row of three bright chairs faced me. Denver Nail Lounge interior June 2009The manicure table is to the left. The setup for pedicures is very much like that at Hair Technology, but that Aveda salon built steps and finished them with slate and piled pillows on top. All in all, the pink vinyl cushions were easier to navigate, if not as eco-friendly.

Of course, eco-friendly and pedicures don’t exactly go hand in hand. I would rate Aveda salons as slightly better on that score, since they use a less toxic nail polish and their products contain fewer petroleum derivates in general. However, McKinsey gave me my nail file and a pink buffing cube (noticing a theme here?) and said I could get $1 off my next pedicure if I brought them in.

Denver Nail Salon also provides stick-on inserts for the loofahs (or whatever it is that scrapes dead skin off your heels). I’ve never seen inserts before, but they may be more eco-friendly than using one with a plastic handle and then throwing it away. In theory, the handle McKinsey used could last forever.

So there I was ensconced on a pink seat, drinking a large if scalded hot chocolate, and McKinsey and I chatted about how she’d moved to downtown Denver recently and how a day of pedicures makes her back sore. Surely someone could design a chair that would allow the technician to sit up straight.

Both the pedicurists working that day were new; mine had been on the job about 6 weeks. Maybe I’ll come back in 6 months and see if the faces have changed.

McKinsey did a good job on my toenails, though she’s not quite as thorough as Lauren. I felt awkward at the end, because I had to move across the room while the polish dried to make room for her next client, a guy, and she didn’t talk to me once I’d paid her. But it was both peaceful and cheery in there, and I got out of the sun for an hour during the Westword Music Showcase.

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  1. Denveater June 18, 2009 at 7:03 am - Reply

    A, you’re sweet, but B, this is so cute! What a great way to wipe off the grime from the WMS. I’d go if I had other than hangnails to paint.
    .-= Denveater´s last blog ..Black Pearl’s bangup b-day bash (on the eve of Denveater’s doomsday) =-.

  2. Beth Partin June 18, 2009 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Maybe if you went they’d find the toenails among all those hangnails. 🙂
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Downtown Denver Restaurants: Leela’s European Café =-.

  3. Mary June 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Was anyone else in there? It always seems empty and seems like it is just a matter of days until it goes out of business.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Where was BlogDog Wednesday? =-.

  4. Beth Partin June 19, 2009 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Mary, it wasn’t full, but it seemed to be doing a decent business. When I walked in, there was one woman getting a pedicure and two others who had just finished. After I was done, all three pedicure chairs were full, and two of the staff were talking about the huge wedding party they were doing the next day.
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Crazy About Denver: How the Garden Grows =-.

  5. Mary June 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    That’s good to hear! I always feel sad to see places that someone was excited to start and put a lot of energy into not succeed.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Getting wild at the lakeside: Weekend Doggie Double =-.