You don’t want to spend a week’s paycheck to get your nails done, but you also don’t want a poor job that chips, fades or falls off within a few days. Even more important is cleanliness. Thankfully, the Twin Cities has got you covered. For quality service at reasonable prices in a clean environment, treat yourself to mani/pedi, shellac and whatever else you’re in the mood for at one of these local salons.
502 Lexington Parkway S.
Saint Paul, MN 55105
For high-quality service in a lovely setting, it doesn’t get much better than LA Nails. The staff is professional and courteous, the stylish store is clean and tidy and you won’t get hit in the face with that strong chemical smell when you walk in the door. With a new location open on Grand Avenue, you can stop by for some amazing nail work at either salon for practically the change in your pocket ($15 for a manicure), and leave feeling relaxed and restored with incredible-looking nails.
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1704 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it salon on Lake Street in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood offers manicures, pedicures and more for extremely low prices. While it may not seem like much from the outside, the pleasant surroundings, relaxing music and warm, friendly service inside makes up for it. The quaint store is extremely clean, with new equipment and comfortable chairs that you’ll sink right into and won’t want to get up from when you’re all done. And you won’t have to because nothing about your nail experience is rushed. Added bonus: the spa upstairs offers 20-percent off a one-hour massage to first-time customers.
Nk Spa Nails
2030 Ford Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55116
After a day of shopping or a long day at work, Nk Spa is the ideal place to relax with a $25 pedicure. Located in the bustling Highland Park shopping district, stepping into the small store is like stepping away for a short vacation. Kick back, relax and let the professional staff take care of you. Nk Spa also offers deals for students under 18, making it the perfect salon for your pre-prom (or any other major event) primping.
5540 Brooklyn Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55429
This salon, located in the western suburbs just over the border from Minneapolis, is the full package, literally. You can get your hair done, eyebrows waxed and, of course, the best manicures and pedicures in town, all for fantastically low prices. The store is adorable as well as clean, with nice lighting and plenty of personal touches to ensure your visit is one to remember.
4509 France Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
This popular nail salon is nestled in the Linden Hills neighborhood, just outside of Minneapolis. While the store is usually busy, the friendly and accommodating staff is quick to make you feel at home. With fantastic pricing (e.g. $35 for a mani/pedi package) for quality work, it’s certainly worth finding this little gem for an afternoon of pampering. Make sure to bring cash, however, because this salon doesn’t accept cards.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.