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Best place for manicure/pedicure

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Looking to nail down a placeyou can count on for a terrificmanicure or pedicure? Here'sa list of five we'd recommendaround the Baltimore area.The prices and services vary,but each has somethingspecial to offer.

About Faces Salon &Day Spa, 110 W.Timonium Road,Timonium
A classic mani/pediwill run you $54, butfor an additional $21,you can get the spatreatment, whichincludes a 10-minutemassage and arefreshing cool mintmask.

The hit: This is KellyRipken's manicurespot. Talk about yourhome runs.

DK Salon and Co.,6080 Falls Road,Mount Washington
Don't leave herewithout trying thewarm stone pedicure,which, for$75, makes yourlegs and feet feellike a just-bathedbaby's.

The hit: Leaverelaxed ... andclean. Customersbrag that this salonis tops on hygiene.

Lynn's Day Spa,10720 Little PatuxentParkway, Columbia
Voted "Best Day Spa inHoward County" fouryears in a row byColumbiamagazine,Lynn's manicuristsspecialize in strengtheningnails, for ahealthy, natural look.Basic combo: $50.

The hit: Tucked away ina woodsy area off themain road, Lynn's lushscenery offers the ultimatein relaxation.

Nails Today,7005 Security Blvd.,Woodlawn
This shopping-centerbasedsalon looks likeany other cookie-cutter,quick 'n' cheapspot you see in mallseverywhere ($28total), but it boastsValerie Lowery, one ofthe most creative andtalented nail designartists in the region.

The hit: Lowery, whodesigns freehand, caneven apply yourfavorite photographsto acrylic nails.

Zena's Spa and Salon,1014 N. Charles St.,Baltimore
Situated in historicMount Vernon, Zena'sis equal parts funky,chic and relaxing. For atreat, take your newlypolished nails ($49 forthe basic combo)across the street to theBelvedere and go dancingon the 13th Floor.

The hit: Nail technicianJulia McCabe makesher own heavenlyscented salt scrubs touse at home. Yours foronly $5.

-- Tanika White, Sun fashion writer


Reader's Pick
Lucille Maurice Maistros of Havre de Grace recommends Par Excellence Day Spa in her hometown"The atmosphere is Victorian elegance and from the moment the smiling receptionist offers you acup of tea you will know that you will be pampered. ... The massages will leave you so relaxed andstress-free that you won't be able to remember what you were worried about yesterday." 452Congress Ave. 410-939-0029

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