Mellow amber painted walls give the spacious new salon in the Baldwinsville Commons a welcoming feeling to most anyone who walks through the door and the positive energy is contagious.
"We try to keep our customers happy," Charlie An, 21, son of owner Linda An, said Tuesday Feb. 1 during a grand opening celebration at the shop, 15 E. Genesee St. "Most of the customers come in here because they have a problem with their nails. So, we fix them up and keep them happy."
With nearly a dozen employees, the family-owned Miracle Nails chain is a full service nail salon and spa equipped to offer its clients not only manicures and pedicures, but also massages and an array of waxing services.
Linda An said the salon doesn't use chemicals for nails like acrylic, so there's no overwhelming smell inside the roomy work space. Not using acrylic also reduces health risks to customers and employees who might otherwise inhale the fumes.
Instead, the high-end nail salon uses silk and UV gel sets, which are claimed to be safer, stronger and last longer than acrylic.
Kelly Notman, a customer at one of the family's other locations for the last two years, said the service is excellent and the new shop in Baldwinsville is really convenient, particularly since she works at Riverside Fitness in the same plaza.
"The customer service is great," she said.
Notman said she uses the salon for pedicures and to get her nails done, particularly the UV gel sets for her fingers.
"They last longer than the last place I was at," she said, adding she'd previously used acrylic.
For the Baldwinsville community, the new business opening is a sign of growth during a time of economic peril.
"Anytime a company makes an investment into a community such as Baldwinsville and supports their local chamber, I will do everything in my power to support their business going forward," said Tony Saraceni, president of the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce.