When first entering Qticles on a mid-weekday morning, the room was dimly lit causing me to think they had not yet officially opened. However, within seconds I was warmly greeted by the owner and upon glancing behind her, I saw that there were three employees sitting calmly at their stations, talking softly to each other, waiting to start their work day. The bright orange hue that serves as the backsplash to this open and roomy space creates a dual energy to the business. Somehow it generates both a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere in which to spend an hour or two indulging in manicures, pedicures and facials. Being in the Pacific Beach neighborhood for six years, Qticles has seen a variety of clientele from beach wanderers to wedding parties to groups of friends looking for a fun girls' night out. The owner casually chatted with me about nail polish tips and colors and was comfortable letting me explore her salon. So while they welcome walk-ins, judging from her friendly demeanor, I can see why they have repeat customers who rely on them for their pampering needs. On a relaxed block in an eclectic area of town, mornings find crowds trickling in at a slower pace. But as I was leaving Qticles, three girls walked in, each wanting a French manicure, and the nail technicians that were relaxing earlier were quick in prepping their stations for their first of what I would assume many customers of the day.
11/16/2010Four Seasons Nails & Hair
When I entered the salon, owner, Phillip Nguyen was already in the midst of giving a pedicure to a loyal customer. Before opening his own salon in Pacific Beach three years ago, he had been working in La Jolla where this particular customer had been a client. When he moved, so did she. Customer loyalty is one of the draws to this tucked away salon on Cass Street. Although, at first skewed from view, this doesn’t keep customers, old and new, tracking it down for a pleasing pampering experience. The salon is open and bright, playing easy listening music and providing an overall relaxing vibe and friendly engagement from Phillip. The salon caters to the nail care of both women and men. Phillip advises that many men from the nearby golf course do need their nails buffed from time to time. And the beaches can do a number on people’s feet, leading them to come see him to smooth and beautify them. When he’s not busy on the nails end of things, he also does facial waxing and is a hair stylist. Although the salon does have four nail technicians, it’s fair to say that Phillip is the jack of all trades able to perform any service for his customers coming in for nail, skin or hair treatment. Judging from his easygoing personality, I can see why he has loyal customers who see him for repeat visits and why a newcomer might make the decision to come back.
Oh. My. Goodness. I seriously just had the best pedicure EVER. Talk about attentive. And meticulous. And attention to detail!!! You know that little stripe down the side of your toenail that is ALWAYS missing polish?? Yeah, so not the case here. And the massage??? To die for. Pressure points ladies, pressure points. I got a manicure at the same time, and boy, that hand massage was out of this world. I just had abdominal surgery 10 days ago, and can't twist/bend very well. These ladies were completely accommodating!! She moved to both sides of me, just so I wouldn't have to twist my hands to the same side for the mani. Highly, highly recommend this place. I live in IB, and will definitely be coming here from now on!!!