The mother-daughter team at the new nail salon at 822 W. 50th St. has noticed most customers are currently opting for pedicures, rather than manicures — people are spending lots of time in the garden this summer, they said.
Gigi Ren previously worked for 12 years at the New York nail salon Dashing Diva. A family member encouraged her to move to Minneapolis, and Ren decided she’d try to open her own shop. She immigrated to the U.S. more than 20 years ago from Fujian in Southern China.
While working in New York, Ren earned a following for massage. But she noticed that staff churned through customers quickly.
“We just want to spend time and take care of our customers,” said Ren’s daughter, Sherlyn Qiu.
The owners originally chose the shop name to highlight nail services for “she and he,” but they discovered that fewer Minneapolis men are getting manis and pedis than in New York.
Customer Audrey Nelson highly recommended her pedicure.
“It’s been four weeks and no chips and I’m not that careful,” she said.
The shop offers waxing, massage and skin treatments with organic skincare products. A recent clay spa pedi special includes shaping of nails and cuticles, a callus eliminator, and a cucumber melon pedi marine clay mask, followed by a 10-minute massage.
“She knows everything,” Qiu said of her mother.