With the holidays just around the corner—and seemingly endless shopping to do and parties to attend—I’ve been on the look out for a reliable neighborhood spa where I can get groomed in a hurry, without sacrificing quality and without breaking the bank.
After a series of subpar nail jobs in recent weeks, I was beginning to think this was too tall of an order. Thankfully I didn’t end my hunt prematurely or I may never have discovered the new TipToes Nail Spa in Potrero Hill. Owned by Soma couple Howard and Maria Hines, the Asian-themed spa is impeccably clean, the ambiance relaxing and the mani-pedis meticulous and long lasting. A basic mani-pedi combo starts at $40; but if you have a bit of extra time (and cash) to indulge, I recommend the Fruit Smoothie mani ($30) and pedi ($46), which comes with a Japanese yuzu mineral salt soak and a deliciously scented wild berry polish scrub. The bonus? Watching comedies or chick flicks on the spa's flat screen TV while you sip complimentary wine (Fridays through Sundays) with any treatment. 300 DeHaro St., Ste. 336, 415-626-8637