Solar Nails shines in Newpark
May 31, 2011
There’s a new place to relax at Newpark.
Entrepreneurs Brian Nguyen and his wife Nicky Le own Solar Nails on Bonanza Drive in Park City and Shabu Shabu House, a Japanese hot-pot café at Kimball Junction. Their newest enterprise is Solar Nails at Newpark Hotel.
The Bonanza Drive location opened in 1993 and has developed a loyal following, he said. Many of his clients live in the Snyderville Basin and he wanted a second location that would be more convenient for them.
"This is my hometown, this is my town, I care about nail service here," he said. "We already have a reputation."
Open for less than a month, Nguyen said they’ve already been slammed.
"I feel like more people are moving out this way. I love this area. I think it’s going to be a success with locals and tourists and the hotel is bringing us a lot of business," he said.
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The hotel developers have previously said they want to attract businesses that will cater to their own clientele. Next door to Massage Envy and near Café Rio and Kneaders, Nguyen said the building is quickly becoming a perfect place for people to come relax and treat themselves.
Nguyen has taken great pains to make his new Solar Nails as relaxing as possible. More like a spa than a salon in appearance, the art makes the biggest impression upon entering.
The wall with the pedicure chairs is concave and painted with a mural of snow-covered mountains and a clear blue sky. It feels like you’re outside, he said.
There’s no way a visitor can forget they’re in Park City even in the summer, he added.
The salon is equipped to remove strong-smelling odors from the nail treatments allowing people to forget they’re in a salon and not a spa.
"I want to be high-end," he said. "Relax and enjoy the service."
In addition to purifying air, his state-of-the-art pedicure chairs only use fresh water.
"We’ve spent a lot of money to be sanitary for our guests," he said. "I want to be all about reputation and repeat customers."
Nguyen has seen repeat business already, but expects to get even busier as the weather warms. Spring is the time to get one’s feet ready for sandals and to wax for bathing suits.
"We’re one stop get all things done," he added.
Manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments are great ways to celebrate weddings and graduations, he said. With eight pedicure chairs and eight manicure stations, Solar Nails can accommodate large groups with a reservation.
His emphasis is on the experience, Nguyen said.
"People don’t really come out for the nail service. They come for the peace and relaxation for the customer service," he added.
Solar Nails & Spa
1476 Newpark Blvd.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays
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