Welcome to Little Lake County’s 12 Shops of Christmas! Each day for 12 days, we will feature a wonderful local retailer as a way of encouraging our community to shop local this holiday season.
When you buy local, you are making an investment in yourself and your community. Learn more about these unique shops by doing business close to home.
There are many delights that await you in Ravinia besides the popular music festival. Take a leisurely stroll down Roger Williams Avenue through the charming Ravinia shopping district. Cloistered among the unique boutiques and local dining options, just across the street from Jens Jensen Park, is a very special place. At The Nail Shop and Spa, a European staff of beauty professionals are waiting to pamper you, rejuvenate you, share some stories, and help bring out your best.
What does beauty mean to this staff of professionals?
“Happiness,” says Rita Beygel, owner of The Nail Shop and Spa, “If someone feels good on the outside, sometimes that dictates how they feel on the inside.” That’s why your experience inside her shop is just as important as how you look when you walk out the door.
Part of our success is that we have formed relationships with our clients. They come with their kids, and we learn about their lives. It’s really rewarding to not just be able to hold hands and provide a service; but also, to develop a relationship with our clients. I think that is part of the reason for staying successful because it’s not just about a manicure or a pedicure, it’s about a relationship. It’s not express. It’s not a drive-thru feeling.
And it has been successful for Rita and her team. The Nail Shop and Spa will celebrate 20 years of business in Highland Park in February 2016.
I’m very fortunate and very proud of being able to sustain a business independently. I have customers who are now bringing their granddaughters in. I met ladies when they were in their 4o’s and they had their teenage girls and now those girls are in their 30’s and they’re bringing their daughters. So we’re on our third generation of customers.
It’s easy to see how they’ve inspired such loyalty. During a recent visit with my own five-year-old daughter to learn more about this local business, I easily fell into conversation with Rita about our kids, our holiday plans, her recipe for Bourbon-infused pecan pie and what to do about my sister who’s still single.
I wasn’t just getting a manicure (which was phenomenal by the way) but I was getting a much-needed respite in my day and some quality time with my daughter who received a “mini-me” manicure. The “mini-me” includes nail shaping, a relaxing hand massage, and polish, and is very affordable to add-on to your own service appointment.
As a mother of a 25-year-old and 17-year-old, Rita recognizes that moms wear many hats. The Nail Shop and Spa gives moms a place to take off their hats, let their hair down, kick off their shoes, and to take time for themselves.
Part of taking care of their customers is not just in the way they treat them but in which products they use. The products at The Nail Shop and Spa are carefully selected to be toxin-free and formaldehyde-free. According to Rita, they work to educate their clients that there are options available to protect their heath, the health of their staff, and the health of the planet.
I think the beauty industry in general is a lot of fun, but not always on the up and up about what is in the bottle. Sometimes the bottle is pretty, and smells good, and we tend to buy it because it’s advertised in various publications, but not everyone takes the time to make sure what they’re using is good for them and for our environment and that’s important.
Among the products they use are their in-house polish as well as Zoya products. Zoya makes long-wearing, natural nail polish and treatments that are free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP and camphor. You’ll never be greeted by a noxious smell or the sight of technicians all wearing face masks–just friendly ladies who care about your health.
If you have brittle nails or difficulty keeping polish on your nails, try a NexGen manicure at The Nail Shop and Spa. NexGen is a great alternative to toxic-smelling acrylic treatments and lasts far longer than a no-chip manicure. It is applied with a bonder and a powder and doesn’t require exposure to UV light like a no-chip manicure requires. It’s environmentally friendly and doesn’t damage your nail bed.
The Nail Shop and Spa is offering a special holiday deal exclusive to Little Lake County readers. Simply tell them you saw them on Little Lake County, and you’ll receive 20% off a NexGen manicure.
A gift certificate to The Nail Shop & Spa makes a superb holiday gift and is available in any dollar amount or for specific services. Besides nails, they offer a wide menu of treatments for men and women including waxing, make-up application and classes, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, waxing, eyelash extensions, airbrush tanning, facials and skincare, and even parties!
Disclosure: 12 Shops of Christmas is part of a paid advertising partnership with Little Lake County. The writer received complimentary services in order to facilitate this piece.