Seattle’s a city of neighborhoods – we mean, so is every city, but hear us out. Seattle’s neighborhoods are each so distinct and separate – often separated by water – that it’s not totally inspiring to step out of your ‘hood on the weekend to check out another. That’s why we’re rounding up the best hot spots in each area. Each week we’ll tackle a new category and let you know which spot does it best in your neighborhood. Got suggestions? Just shoot us an email.
This week: nail salons worth knowing.
We’ve checked in with West Seattle’s own Juniper Nail Bar before. The all-natural salon only offers polishes that are good for you and the environment, and the décor of this lady-run business is to die for. What we didn’t see coming when they first opened, though, is really top-notch nail art game. Juniper takes advantage of social media (just search #juniperpartynail) to show off their skills. The salon opens a Ballard location on January 31st – we highly recommend stopping by.
Julep is where it’s at. We’re fans of the company’s membership program, which lets you sign up for a monthly mani at a slightly lower price. Take advantage of the deal for some pampering each month. Our favorite part: there’s virtually no color Julep doesn’t stock. That means you won’t have to sweat it when your bridezilla friend insists that your mani matches your bridesmaid dress.
Hear us out. Myano is tucked away on 3rd Avenue, and it might not look like much from the outside. Inside, though, you’ll find a two-level palace dedicated to pretty nails. We’re big fans of how totally customizable a treatment is at Myano – we got to pick our polish, lotion, scrub, paraffin treatment, and tea. The manicurists are meticulous, the prices are affordable, and the clientele is mostly local ladies grabbing a little peace and quiet after work. (Also, sweet fish tank.) Give ‘em a try.
If you’re heading in or out of town, plan ahead – set aside a little time to visit the butterLONDON outpost in the C terminal. It’s the only physical location for the local brand, and it specializes in super fast, water-free treatments that get your nails looking great before you head on (or return from) vacation. Even better, they offer nail polish for purchase in-store. That’s right – the polish you couldn’t put in your carry on (darn liquid limits) is available for purchase just past security.
Our editor Britt Thorson waxed poetic about Night Light Nails, her favorite place last year - Van and her team of nail artists will get you in every time without more than a 5 minute wait, give you whatever design you want (just bring a picture), and the massages that come with a mani are to die for. They are efficient, polite, friendly, and do great work. A shellac manicure is $25, includes a paraffin wax treatment, arm/hand and neck/head massages, and lasts upwards of three weeks. Become a regular there they'll begin welcoming you by name when you walk through the door.