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Manicures, beauty and drinks at Mani -Kir Royale

Posted By Karen Young On September 20, 2009 @ 11:30 pm In Fashion & Beauty,Featured,Lifestyle,My Daily Find,spotlight | 1 Comment

carole-rosnerBY CAROLE ROSNER

There are nail salons and then is there is Mani-Kir Royale Social Nail Bar and Salon.

Set up as a U-shaped bar inside a small space in the theater district of Noho, this is not a quickie nail salon that assaults you with harsh chemicals as you walk in the door.  And since it is open until 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, visiting Mani-Kir Royale is more like hanging at a neighborhood club, where you get your nails painted instead of your feet stepped on.

Manicurists stand behind the U-shaped bars while patrons sip on a drink. Photo: Karen Young

Manicurists stand behind the U-shaped bar while patrons sip on a drink. Photo: Karen Young

“It’s a place to hang out, meet friends, have a drink and enjoy a wonderful beauty treatment,” says owner Kieu Evans, who has owned the salon since November 2008.

She explains that she wanted a place to pamper a new generation of clients and provide them with quality services. She says there are no hidden fees in their treatments; you get what you pay for. You also get so much more—every customer can enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne, red or white wine, Kir Royale, Mimosa, beer, soda, tea, coffee or water, during their treatments. There are also free snacks and a giant flat screen TV.

Mani-Kir Royale offers manicures and pedicures as well as tanning, facials, waxing and massages. All their services have cocktail-inspired names such as a Bellini Pedicure (which includes a peach nectar scrub and a champagne-oil foot massage), a Chocolate Martini Facial (using chocolate products which hydrate and firm the skin) and a Sangria Massage (using tropical fruit emulsion oils). My manicurist, Nicole Landers, has been in the beauty business for ten years and is full of great information regarding nail trends, products and treatments.

Manicurists can hand paint anything. Just ask!

Manicurists can hand paint anything. Just ask! Photo: Karen Young

Mani-Kir Royale has a ton of special deals. There’s a Happy Hour, Wednesday to Friday from four to seven p.m. which includes a manicure and pedicure and two complimentary drinks for $30. You also receive a free pair of real (not paper) flip-flops when you have a pedicure, and if you bring them back, you’ll get two dollars off your next pedicure.

Playful, handcrafted baubles for sale.

Playful, handcrafted baubles for sale. Photo: Karen Young

You can buy a yearly membership for $50 which includes unlimited complimentary beverages anytime, reduced rates on manicures and pedicures, a free birthday service (up to $50), a free service after ten services and a free manicure and pedicure when you sign up (through the end of September).

Glam products for sale.  Photo: Karen Young

Glam products for sale. Photo: Karen Young

In addition to traditional nail art, the salon also has some unique nail treatments.  Minx Nail Coverings are customized nail coatings for fingers and toes that have one-of-a-kind designs, logos, metallics or photos.  Three-D nail art can be painted on nails with jewels, flowers or ribbons.

Mani-Kir Royale Social Nail Bar and Salon is a great place for a girls (or guys) night out, a birthday party, bachelorette party or even a Super Bowl party (they’ve got the big screen!).

Hand painted 3D nail art. Photo: Karen Young

Hand painted 3D nail art. Photo: Karen Young

Note that the salon is still a work in progress. Evans says she is slowly renovating the salon, planning “restaurant style seating” that will let you sit as a group for your services. New flooring is being installed along with new tables and chairs for traditional services. Kieu plans to offer beauty treatments at a Zen-like enclosed outdoor patio and there will be a fire pit.

Flip Flops are included

Free flip flops are included with a pedicure. Bring them back and get $2 off your next pedicure. Photo: Karen Young

We’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store, but until that time, it’s still a fun place to hang and beautify. Cheers!

Mani-Kir Royale Social Nail Bar and Salon (818) 985-6264(MANI) 11008 Magnolia Blvd  North Hollywood (NOHO), CA 91601 www.mani-kirroyale.com Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday Wed-Thursday: 1pm-11pm Friday: 1pm-midnight Saturday: 12pm-midnight Sunday: 1pm-8pm

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who has lived in Studio City for the past 11 years. She is a strong supporter of her local public schools and an active volunteer in her neighborhood. Some of her favorite things to do in Studio City are to celebrate 4th of July at CBS Radford, walk along Ventura Blvd. and browse through the racks at Crossroads Trading Company.

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